MSB SELECT DAC
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The Best Sound We Can Make
- Includes new and sometimes experimental features and parts
- Includes eight of our new MSB Hybrid DAC modules
- Includes our famous Galaxy Clock or optional new Femto 33 Clock
- Includes 2 Input and 1 Output modules - others are available
- Includes higher power rated connectors and cable
- Includes a DUAL SELECT Power Base with the Isolation Base built-in (no transport supply)
- Each Chassis 17.5" square x 2.7" thick (stack height 3.5"), 40 lbs (18 kg)
- Includes a 10 year replacement warranty
- Includes an upgrade guarantee for 10 years (you only pay the difference in price)
- Fully burned in at MSB
- Stock Colors are Matte Black with Gold trim or Matte White with Stainless Trim
- Includes all new MSB preamp
- Custom Color available (no charge but may requires up to 6 weeks lead time).
The SELECT DAC is more or less like a blend of the best of the Analog DAC and the best of the DAC V. It combines the Analog DAC construction, user interface and modularity with the DAC V's upgradability and refined sound taken to a whole new level. It offers the most life-like sound possible. It has a level of realism never heard before.
Both the DAC and Power Base are milled from a solid billet of aluminum in our own shop. Both inputs and outputs are modular and user replaceable. It features our new MSB Hybrid DAC modules, the amazing Galaxy clock, a whole new digital architecture, new volume technology and a new direct coupled output stage.
The select model started life as a fully loaded Diamond DAC IV in which all the options are included as well as an exciting 10 year warranty and upgrade guarantee. But that was just the beginning. Each month we added new improvements but quite frankly, ran out of room. We had plenty of great new ideas but the box was full. So we made the decision to start over with a new much bigger chassis, new architecture, new DAC modules, etc. The DAC V is the culmination of all we could do with that old form factor. It was time to start over for the SELECT.
The SELECT Program
The SELECT DAC is MSB's reference DAC for the future. It is all new and promises great potential for continued development and improvements. Right out of the box it exceeds dramatically all we have done to date, and it is still new and developing. But don't worry, you can upgrade as often as you want, so you will never be left behind. The SELECT model comes with a 10 year warranty and upgrade guarantee so as we make improvements, you can return your DAC and get the latest performance without having to worry about selling the old model and buying the new one. These upgrades are simply the difference in cost between what you paid for your DAC and the current SELECT DAC for the remaining years. Guaranteed, no questions asked. Upgrade as often as you like.
The other area we addressed with the new chassis was the sensitivity of the previous SELECT to environment. We attacked this problem at many levels and feel we have made great progress, and that we can expect excellent results in a wide range of listening environments.
What can I say about the sound?
The SELECT DAC has amazing resolution. In fact, for the first time ever we can just barely hear the quantization noise of a CD, a noise that disappears with 24 bit sources. It is still new and has not been heard in all situations but I can give you a hint at what you may expect.
We have blind A/B tested this new SELECT with the DAC V for Audiophiles and non-Audiophiles alike and the results were surprising. For the first time in all our years of testing, non-Audiophiles picked up on major improvements. Subjects who NEVER heard a difference in all the many tests we perform heard a clear improvement and were quite amazed. They primarily caught the greatly increased sound stage and clarity. These are not subtle improvements only for golden ears. These are changes that are noticeable by all.
"The MSB Select DAC's sonic rendition feels like waking from a lucid dream and experiencing the reality." Matej Isak, Mono and Stereo, June 2016
"I heard the Select II for 10 minutes yesterday (as the customer wanted us to check it before it ships out). I am stunned at what it is doing and it brought a 10 foot smile as I was listening to music I was familiar with, but nothing sounded familiar. What you and your team at MSB have done is sheer magic. I applaud you all." Sanjiv Chona, Audio Vision, December 2015
We have carried this DAC around the world and listened in all kinds of system, with horns, tubes and a great range of systems and in all cases, the fantastic clarity of this DAC was obvious. But Vince has found that the SELECT can even go further. He calls it the 'magic zone'. I investigated the 'magic zone' at the Newport Show.
Simplicity and Performance
Both the DAC and Power Base are milled from a solid billet of aluminum in our own shop. All the circuit boards are assembled in-house. Both inputs and outputs are modular and user replaceable. We have created a huge easy to read low noise display. We have incorporated multiple power supplies (from our success with the UMT). We have added even more DAC resolution. The list goes on and on.
SELECT Power Base
The Select Power Base is quite remarkable. It contains two independent supplies. One for the digital and one for the analog. It also has a small stand-by supply to turn the system on and off remotely. The power base includes the same level of isolation and noise rejection as the MSB Isolation Base (including the ground connection to the Amplifier) and has much bigger transformers than any previous MSB power base. Each is in its own milled out pocket.
For the ultimate performance we have developed an even higher performance option. We have created a single supply of higher power, lower noise and faster devices. Two of these are used, one for the digital side and one for the analog side. The difference is clearly measured and easily heard.