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Product Showcase: MSB Technology Reference DAC

By November 1, 2016 No Comments

MSB Technology set a new benchmark for digital-to-analog converters with the launch of the price-no-object Select DAC at the 2015 Munich High End Show. The Select DAC sonically challenges the very best analog setups in the world with its combination of seemingly unlimited resolving capabilities and absence of any electronic fingerprint. It also established a new aesthetic direction for MSB Technology thanks to its elegantly minimalist exterior and flawless build quality.

The Select DAC was recently joined by a sibling, the Reference DAC. The Reference DAC uses four of MSB Technology’s new Hybrid Discrete Ladder DAC modules for a total of 8 channels of digital-to-analog conversion. The result of this immense processing power is a choice of volume-controlled true balanced stereo output on XLR connectors or single ended stereo output on RCA connectors.

An upgrade from the standard output module is the optional constant impedance passive volume control module which attenuates without any active circuitry; no transistors, no buffers, no op-amps. This allows the Reference DAC’s remarkable audio quality, and that of any analog source connected to the included stereo analog input, to be truly independent of volume setting. It also allows the user to add additional analog input or output modules in the future.

Besides its lifelike audio performance, one of the other compelling reasons for investing in a Reference DAC must surely be its modular architecture. At any time, up to four digital input modules can be user-installed, ensuring compatibility with all current and future formats.

We are pleased to report that our first shipment of Reference DACs will be arriving in Australia soon so be sure to register your interest in a demonstration of its prodigious musical capabilities.

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