The inaugural issue of Audio Esoterica magazine, from the same publisher responsible for Australian Hi-Fi, features a glowing review of the MSB Technology Platinum DAC IV and UMT transport by Greg Borrowman and a four page report documenting Edgar Kramer’s tour of the SGR Audio factory.

Some selected quotes are reproduced below.

I did perceive that there wasn’t any of the usual aural ‘clutter’ around that detail, so the end result actually seemed somehow clearer.

I could do no better than give an example of Trio Kroma performing Andreas Spath’s ‘Song of the Alps’. The micro-shifts in pitching of soprano Elena Xanthoudakis’ voice made more conceptual sense, and it was as if you could anticipate her getting ready for the next interval.

With the DAC IV…. when the music stops, everything is quiet and totally silent, but nothing has gone missing, there is no dullness to the silence. It is perhaps because this effect is also happening in the brief silences between individual notes (not just at the end of phrases…) that the sound from the DAC IV so aurally impressive.

I found that with well-recorded sources, the high-frequency performance of the DAC IV was outstanding no matter which filter I used.

The Platinum DAC IV (including the Platinum Power Base) reviewed here costs a smidgin over $15,000 and delivers performance that’s as good – or better – than any other high-end DAC I’ve ever heard, even models selling at twice the price and more. Which makes the MSB Platinum DAC IV something of a bargain!

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