MSB Technologies

MSB Reference DAC [NEW!]

  • MSB Reference DAC [NEW!] - Alma Music and Audio - San Diego, California
  • MSB Reference DAC [NEW!] - Alma Music and Audio - San Diego, California

MSB Technologies

MSB Reference DAC [NEW!]

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The Reference DAC

Setting the reference for Digital to Analog Converters.

Four Hybrid DACs

The Reference DAC is equipped with MSB’s new Hybrid DAC technology.  Originated in the Select DAC, we’ve pushed the technology further, making it more compact and robust and above all – affordable.  Unlike the Select’s eight-module design, the Reference DAC only needs four modules to anchor eight high-powered channels for an unrivaled output.  The Hybrid module can be reconfigured to accommodate PCM or native DSD, ensuring it’s the most dynamic DAC on the market.

Simplicity

Smooth chassis lines. Few controls. Focused modularity. High-end quality. As we set out to create a new level of digital-to-analog conversion, our design statement ensured the best usability and quality. The resulting product has set a new, previously undiscovered reference in the listening experience.

A display for the listening chair

Designed with an easy-to-read display, our discrete LED installation is both stunning and practical. Our display is big enough that you can stay seated in your chair. No standing necessary – sit back and become immersed.

Designed in-house from the ground up, the display is assembled in its own CNC pocket in the uni-body, separate from the DAC. Along with targeted electrical isolation, the LED display is refreshed in between data points to reduce noise interference.

The Dual Powerbase

You can’t underestimate the importance of a clean power supply. A re-imagined design paired with the DAC reduces the noise floor even further. We’ve equipped the DAC with a single supply for the digital side of the DAC, along with an isolated supply for the analog side, yielding an unprecedented level of performace.

The Mono Powerbase

Upgraded with two dedicated power supplies, we provide increased isolation and electrical performance for both the digital and the analog power. With the increased space, each Mono Powerbase possesses a much lower electrical noise design.

Completely modular

Our modular design encourages innovation. The DAC modules, clock, input and output modules are all user-replaceable. As these technologies change, we’ll update your DAC to keep it current and operational.

(Reference DAC base configuration shown)

Engaging with the Future

MSB is constantly developing new input modules for every application and technology.  With the release of MQA, MSB has prepared a new module and a streamlined software update. This augments your DAC with the most up to date technologies.  Put simply, your DAC is ready for the future.

The last preamp you will ever need

Upgrading from the Base Output Module will give you a cutting edge constant impedance passive volume control preamp.  Using this remarkable preamp will reduce system complexity and ultimately improve the audio quality of your entire system.  It’s a remarkable feat of electrical design that sets a new benchmark in the industry. The output modules are individually tuned for maximum quality balance or single-ended audio.

 

Even without the upgraded preamp module, the DAC still has built in volume control.

Expand your analog audio

With sideways expansion, the preamp can accommodate additional analog inputs, isolated sub outputs, and extra analog outputs.

CNC Billet chassis

Starting with an 65lb plate of ‘Kaiser Select Precision Plate’, material is machined in our own in-house CNC shop. After more than four hours of machining, 60% of the aluminum is removed, resulting in a 18lb finished product. The integration of our CNC shop allows for design optimization to create the best possible product. We use the high quality premium ‘Select’ metal, giving us the best anodized finishes on the market.

Anodized Finishes

Available in matte silver and matte black anodized finishes. Replaceable foot guards are included to protect the chassis from damage. Any standard M6X1 foot can be installed.

The Reference DAC

Technical Specifications
Supported Formats (Input dependent) 44.1kHz to 3,072kHz PCM up to 32 bits
1xDSD, 2xDSD, 4xDSD, 8xDSD
Supports DSD via DoP on all inputs
Digital Inputs 4x Advanced isolated input module slots
XLR Analog Inputs* 100K Ohm Balanced
12Vrms Maximum
Isolated when not selected
XLR Analog Outputs 3.57Vrms Maximum (Digital Input)
12Vrms Maximum (Analog Input)
150 Ohm Balanced
Galvanically isolated
Preamp Output Module Volume Control* Purely passive constant impedance analog attenuation
1dB steps
Base Output Volume Control 1dB steps
Display Custom discrete LED audio clock synchronous display
Adjustable brightness and auto-off feature
Controls Isolated RS-232
IR Remote
Knob + 3 Buttons
*Optional Preamp Output Module required
Chassis Dimensions
Width: 17.5 in (444 mm)
Depth: 17.5 in (444 mm)
Chassis Height (Without Feet): 2.2 in (79 mm)
Stack height: 2.85 in (92 mm)
Weight: 25 lbs (11 kg)
Shipping Dimensions
Width: 25 in (635 mm)
Depth: 25 in (625 mm)
Height: 10 in (254 mm)
Weight: 50 lbs (24 kg)
Included Accessories
User Manual
Metal Remote Control
4X Spiked Feet

 

Reference DAC Dual Power Base

Technical Specifications
AC Voltage 100V (Fixed)
120/240V (Auto switching)
Power Consumption 90 Watts with fully configured Reference DAC
Less than 2W standby
Chassis Dimensions
Width: 17.5 in (444 mm)
Depth: 17.5 in (444 mm)
Chassis Height (Without Feet): 2.2 in (79 mm)
Stack height: 2.85 in (92 mm)
Weight: 45 lbs (20 kg)
Shipping Dimensions
Width: 25 in (625 mm)
Depth: 25 in (625 mm)
Height: 10 in (254 mm)
Weight: 65 lbs (29 kg)
Included Accessories
2X Power Cables
Ground Cable
IEC Power Cord
4X Spiked Feet

 

Reference DAC Mono Power Base

Technical Specifications
AC Voltage 100V (Fixed)
120/240V (Auto switching)
Power Consumption 90 Watts (Total combined) with fully configured Reference DAC and two Mono Power Bases
Less than 2W standby
Chassis Dimensions
Width: 17.5 in (444 mm)
Depth: 17.5 in (444 mm)
Chassis Height (Without Feet): 2.2 in (79 mm)
Stack height: 2.85 in (92 mm)
Weight: 45.8 lbs (20 kg)
Shipping Dimensions
Width: 25 in (625 mm)
Depth: 25 in (625 mm)
Height: 10 in (254 mm)
Weight: 65 lbs (29 kg)
Included Accessories
Power Cable
Ground Cable
IEC Power Cord
4X Spiked Feet