MSB Technologies

MSB Reference DAC

  • MSB Reference DAC - Alma Music and Audio - San Diego, California
  • MSB Reference DAC - Alma Music and Audio - San Diego, California

MSB Technologies

MSB Reference DAC

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The Reference DAC

Establishing an industry reference for digital playback.

Four Hybrid DACs.

With four 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.

Femto 33 clock.

Our clock module architecture is built with the customer in mind—we’ve made the clock module user-upgradable, ensuring future updates are simple and streamlined. Each Reference DAC comes with the our most advanced Femto 33 Clock featuring a custom oven controlled dual crystal design.


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 Reference 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 performance.


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

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

 


MSB Reference DAC:

4 Input Slots
S/PDIF input module
Preamp Output Module
Femto 33 Clock
Reference Powerbase