AudioStream, a division of Stereophile magazine which is devoted to computer audio, has just posted a review of The Analog DAC from MSB Technology. Readers should note that the component under review did not include the optional Analog Power Base upgrade (an additional $2,995) but rather the stock Desktop Supply which, along with one’s first choice of input module, is included in the $6,995 retail price.
The reviewer used his Macbook Pro, via the 384 kHz USB2.0 input of The Analog DAC, as well as the MSB Technology Data CD IV optical disc transport, which set the sonic bar very high indeed with its bit-perfect, ultra-low jitter MSB Network output.
Below are a few pertinent excerpts from the original review:
I have listened to the Blue Coast Collection from Blue Coast Records many times, but have never heard it sound as good playing the native DSD files as I have with The Analog DAC. The outstanding naturalness and you-are-there quality of this recording really caught my attention. There was absolutely no hardness to the sound.
For those of us that have enjoyed this hobby over many years, there are a few products that come along in one’s audiophile life that leave a lasting impression on the listener. The Analog DAC is one of those products. It not only reproduces music with excellent detail and focus, but is one of the most natural sounding DACs I have ever heard. This DAC purges the digital artifacts that create listening fatigue and loss of interest in the music. While auditioning the Analog DAC, I also listened to other DACs at my house. In each case, I missed the beautiful bloom and ease that the Analog DAC puts out in spades. The soundstage was one of the best I have heard as was the ability of this DAC to unravel complex musical passages. Dynamic changes were well reproduced with a variety of music. I think that those of you that enjoy acoustic music, be it classical, jazz, or vocal, will simply love The Analog DAC. I know that I did.