MSB Technology Select DAC

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Description

With eight Hybrid DACs, we yield an unmatched level of detail, reproducing the musicality, soundstage, and texture of an original performance, bringing the artist to you. A fully balanced, ultra-high precision, discrete ladder DAC architecture ensures each note tells a story. Additionally, MSB’s robust in-house design enables the finest quality playback of PCM and native DSD, while our low impedance circuitry drives your amplification directly without adding coloration or buffering noise. The end result is a digital experience defying expectations.

If you choose to deviate from the stock silver or black finish, there are other bold choices you can make. To ensure the Select DAC is uniformly customizable in every regard, production time is increased to provide you with the the richest and most dynamic product available. All MSB DAC’s have the serial number and customer information programmed directly into the unit. As a result, each DAC is unique, singular, and unparalleled.

Equipped with high-visibility and a wide viewing angle, the display is both easy-to-read and stunning, exhibiting our love for intuitive features.  The LED display, slaved to the audio clock, is refreshed between data processing to drastically reduce electrical interference. The in-house discrete design is then constructed into its own shielded CNC pocket for optimal isolation. Sit back and be immersed.

The importance of a clean power supply can’t be under estimated.  A re-imagined design paired with the Select DAC reduces the noise floor even further. There is a single supply for the digital side of the DAC, along with an isolated supply for the analog side. This yields an unprecedented level of performance.

AVAILABLE UPGRADES:

TWO MONO POWERBASES

Upgrade the standard Dual Powerbase to two independent higher quality Mono Powerbases.  One Mono Powerbase will supply power to the digital side of the Select DAC and the other Mono Powerbase will provide power to the analog side.  This is one of the most significant upgrades available for the Select DAC.

ELECTROSTATIC HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER

With the great variety of headphone choices, it is only possible to achieve the best performance with a single headset in mind.  You can not use the universal headphone amp concept with the Select level of performance.  That is why we have built a dedicated Stax* headphone amp to be paired the the Select DAC.

BALANCED PREAMP MODULE (INCLUDED)

Each analog output module is dedicated to XLR outputs to optimize performance. For single-ended connections, the XLR to RCA adapters must be purchased (below).  Extra analog outputs and sub outputs can be purchased for systems as needed, but consume input slots.  Each Output Module also has an analog input which can be used as an analog pass through or world class analog preamp.

XLR TO RCA ADAPTERS

A pair of inline XLR to RCA adapters for use when a single-ended connection is needed. This is a set of adapters perfectly matched to work with an MSB DAC without altering or effecting the analog signal in anyway. These adapters achieve peak performance by moving the conversion circuitry out of the DAC and away from the sensitive output circuitry. These adapters allow you to keep the analog signal as a balanced connection for as far as desired before converting to a single-ended signal.

Dimensions: 2in x 2in x 6in (5cm x 5cm x 15cm) Weight: 1.8lbs (0.8kgs)

Only for use with MSB Reference and Select DAC.

FEMTO 77 (INCLUDED)

This clock has less than 77 femtoseconds of jitter.  It has been compared and reviewed all over the world with outstanding performance and results.

FEMTO 33

This record breaking clock has less than 33 femtoseconds of jitter.  This clock has improvements in every area including clock precision, thermal management and a new effort in vibration control.  The clock is housed in a CNC stainless steel chassis.

PRO USB

A USB to Pro ISL inline converter. The Pro USB offers complete electrical isolation of any USB source while providing the full performance and potential of MSB’s proprietary Pro ISL input format. This is the best possible way to connect a USB source to your DAC.

Requires Pro ISL input module.

PRO ISL MODULE

MSB proprietary connection for use with MSB sources such as the Reference and Select Transports as well as the Pro USB. Offers complete electrical isolation from the source while providing the full performance and potential your MSB DAC is capable of.

Includes MSB Pro ISL Cable.

QUAD RATE DSD AND MQA USB INPUT MODULE

An all-in-one USB solution that now incorporates high quality MQA decoding.  This input is compatible with most computer software including Roon and Jriver. The USB option offers the most direct connection to any USB source.

RENDERER INPUT MODULE

Add network streaming and connectivity to your DAC. An ultra low noise A5 processor offers optimal audio playback performance and automatic firmware updates via the internet. Enables your DAC with a comfortable and feature focused network experience.

OPTICAL AND COAXIAL INPUT MODULE (1X INCLUDED)

The essential inputs designed and manufactured for phenomenal performance. This module features the industry standard Toslink and Coaxial RCA connections commonly found on consumer and audiophile grade equipment. Includes a word sync output for use with your source.

XLR BALANCED INPUT MODULE

Offers an AES/EBU XLR style balanced digital input to connect to your digital source. Less common then Optical or Coaxial RCA connections, but still a very common connection on consumer and audiophile grade audio equipment. Includes a word sync output for use with your source.

DUAL PRO I2S INPUT MODULE

MSB’s proprietary communication format which is compatible with the Signature DATA CD V, UMT V, and Signature UMT V.

ADDITIONAL XLR ANALOG INPUT

Provides an additional XLR Analog Input. This module is ideal for passing a secondary external analog source through your DAC. The analog inputs allow you to use the volume control of your preamp module to passively attenuate the signal or directly bypass your DACs output circuitry for a simple and unaltered method of adding an additional analog source to your amplifiers.  The DAC can support multiple analog input modules.

ADDITIONAL RCA ANALOG INPUT

Provides an additional RCA Analog Input. This module is ideal for passing a secondary external analog source through your DAC. The analog inputs allow you to use the volume control of your preamp module to passively attenuate the signal or directly bypass your DACs output circuitry for a simple and unaltered method of adding an additional analog source to your amplifiers.  The DAC can support multiple analog input modules.

ISOLATED XLR ANALOG OUTPUT

Provides a second isolated XLR analog output. This module is an isolated copy of the primary analog outputs with  higher output impedance. This module is only intended as a secondary output.

Only one extra output option can be used per DAC.

ISOLATED RCA ANALOG OUTPUT

Provides a second isolated XLR analog output. This module is an isolated copy of the primary analog outputs with  higher output impedance. If primary RCA outputs are needed, MSB recommends using the XLR to RCA adapters to achieve maximum performance. This module is only intended as a secondary output.

Only one extra output option can be used per DAC.

ISOLATED XLR SUB OUTPUT

This module provides a fully isolated XLR output for use with a powered sub. The Sub Isolator acts as a barrier for the delicate mid to high frequency ranges between your loudspeakers and powered sub.

Only one extra output option can be used per DAC.

ISOLATED RCA SUB OUTPUT

This module provides a fully isolated RCA output for use with a powered sub. The Sub Isolator acts as a barrier between the delicate mid to high frequency ranges for your loudspeakers and a powered sub.

Only one extra output option can be used per DAC.

THE 12V TRIGGER ADAPTER

The 12V trigger adapter provides a multitude of ways for connecting your MSB product with other 12V trigger systems.

Additional information

Power Supply

Dual Supply, Two Monos +£19,950

Clock

Femto 77, Femto 33 +£9,950

Output Module

Base Without Analogue, Select Preamp With Analogue Inputs +£11,985

Additional Outputs

None, Sub Output XLR +£1,590, Sub Output RCA +£1,590, Analogue XLR +£1,590, Analogue RCA +£1,590

Additional Inputs

None, XLR +£990, RCA +£990

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