The DAC V
A time-established reference in a feature-rich streamlined package.
*Discontinued. Accessories and Upgrades still available.*
The DAC V is the heart of a simple reference-level audio system. It has a full array of digital inputs—up to two analog inputs and an integrated analog volume control, easily outperforming most preamps on the market. The DAC V’s numerous inputs and options allow you to perfectly tailor it to your needs. The result is an easy-to-use system that will captivate your aural senses.
Discrete Ladder DAC Modules
MSB’s signature sound is based off our custom designed in-house produced discrete ladder DACs. The Signature DAC V includes 4 ladder modules, while the Diamond DAC V has eight, resulting in neutral, clean, and fatigue-free music.
Our preamp philosophy arises from one belief: the moment analog audio is created, every amplifier stage degrades the sound quality. This is why we’ve used passive attenuation and a single buffer stage within the DAC V to achieve the simplest, shortest possible signal path with the least possible degradation of the music. The volume is controlled in 1 dB steps from +9 to -69 dB. The Volume Control is completely bypassed at 0 dB.
For those looking for additional dynamism out of the integrated preamp, the Diamond version is individually tweaked and shielded to provide the lowest noise floor possible, clocking in 5 dB lower than the Signature Volume Module.
The Signature DAC V Inside
The Signature DAC V contains our Signature DAC modules, Femto140, and optional Signature DAC volume controls.
The Diamond DAC V Inside
The Diamond DAC V contains our Diamond DAC modules and cutting-edge technology we learned developing the Select DAC. Expect to hear a level of detail and realism not possible from digital.
Manufactured in California
The DAC V chassis components and PCB’s are designed and manufactured right here in California. Our facilities include a complete CNC machine shop where all our products are skillfully machined. With our very own SMT line, we are also able to assemble our own PCB’s with the utmost care and precision.
Available in matte silver and matte black.
The Signature Power Base
The Signature Power Base includes 7 independent transformers and ultra-low noise linear regulators. An isolated independent 12 V DC supply is included for powering a transport.
The Diamond Power Base
The Diamond Power Base extracts the ultimate performance from your DAC V Signature or DAC V Diamond. Each Diamond power supplies is tightly regulated, filtered and shielded, so minimum noise is coupled into the DAC chassis. The Diamond power base uses rapid Silicon Carbide Schottky Diodes that turn on and off instantly with zero reverse recovery current. Like the Signature Power Base, a 12V transport power supply is included.