MSB DAC IV Platinum Plus Converter
“To test the female voices, I chose Beautiful Female Voice in xrcd with many great artists like Emy Fujita, Dominica and Maricel Bedana and many more. Here, I shook for a moment. I’ve never loved, in digital, the extreme pursuit of detail with an often fake outcome. You analog friends know very well what I’m talking about! Luckily, after a few notes, I realized I was wrong. The DAC IV gives back very natural high notes, rarely tiring or cool, and you want to turn the volume up. “
MSB Technology Diamond DAC IV Plus
“The sound of 2.8 MHz DSD data coming from Diamond DAC IV Plus was truly impressive. I believed the result of 5.6 MHz DSD would be even more glorious. Therefore, I pulled up ‘Harm Organ’ ‘s both DSD version to do a comparison. When I played the 2.8 MHz, the sound of the harmonica was natural and smoothing. I felt the organ’s mid-low frequencies layer by layer. The information and resolution were rich and detailed. When I played the 5.6 MHz version, the sonic imaging of the harmonica was even more vivid and better defined. The high frequencies were brighter than previous; and the depth of the organ was also increased twice as much. I truly marveled on the result. The clarity and realism of of the DSD files were astounding. The performance felt alive. MSB used world’s most accurate femtosecond clock technology and has four 26 bit DACs per channel for a true 27 bit resolution. It is the best partner with 5.6 MHz DSD data files. The best with the best. ”
MSB Platinum DAC IV and Power Base
” The Platinum DAC IV (including Platinum Power Base) reviewed here cost a smidgin over $15,000 and delivers performance that’s as good–or better–than any other high-end DAC I have ever heard, even models selling at twice the price and more.”
” …as you’ll see from the graphs, even the DAC IVs ‘worst case’ results are so exceptionally good — in most cases better than any other DAC I’ve ever seen — that this just won’t be an issue.
To conclude, I have to say that I was gob-smacked by the incredibly high level of performance from the DAC: it truly and very effectively represents the state-of-the-art in digital-to-analogue conversion technology. ”
MSB Technology Signature DAC IV and Data CD IV Transport
“…the MSB Technology Platinum Data CD IV Transport and Platinum Signature DAC IV sound as good as digital gets.
Dynamics were better straight-in than with my Parasound JC-2 preamp in the chain.
While listening to 176.4-kHz/24-bit hires music from Reference Recordings’ HRx Sampler 2011 DVD-ROM disc, the sound was nothing less than astounding.
The MSBs let me hear more low-level (quiet) sounds in my CDs. Reverb, whether natural or added in the mix, seemed newly apparent in recordings I’d heard hundreds of times. It’s always been there, but no digital playback system I’ve had at home boasted the resolution to reveal it. Having worked on a number of Chesky Records sessions, including dozens recorded at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in NYC, I can state for certain that the MSB Transport and DAC resurrected more of the 173-year-old building’s sound than I’ve ever heard from the CDs, SACDs, or DVD-As.”
Signature DAC IV and Data CD IV with Signature Power Base, UMT and M202 Amplifier
“The MSB system – consisting of the Signature Platinum DAC IV Platinum Data CD IV, the Universal Media Transport and the Signature Power Base – is so far the only digital source system that has managed to give me weeks of listening without languishing for my favorite LPs. A greater compliment I can not give a digital source. Even without the CD player the DAC creates a reference level set that can handle all the existing digital formats. The modularity and the ability to download new software updates makes a guarantee for the future that sets a very high standard. I’d almost forgotten them, the mono amplifiers from MSB. Probably because they, like their digital relatives, completely disappeared when the music sounds.”
Signature DAC IV and Data CD IV with Signature Power Base and M202 Amplifier
“The MSB system shows a very natural sense of the whole, whether chamber music or symphony, with a clear account of each instrument and its location. On a whole, the listening experience is very similar to a concert hall. The overall three dimensional sound field and character is very close to the top vinyl system with all the �digital sound� disappearing without a trace. The MSB system took me into another realm.”
Platinum DAC IV and Data CD IV with Platinum Power Base
“For digitally oriented audiophiles, who seek a complete digital package, MSB is the indisputable choice. This sonic combination tested is the best available on the market today, and with its inexhaustible choices for upgrades and devoted development gives the user a unique opportunity to enjoy high resolution music, and a perfect platform with which to follow the direction digital audio technology will go in the future. In any case, this MSB combination represents one of the best and most complete digital sources which I had the chance to listen.”
Signature DAC IV with Signature Power Base
“I was extremely surprised by the sonic performance of MSB’s M200 monoblock amplifier (HIFICRITIC Vol2 No6), which hinted that the company was capable of producing some of the best audio products on the planet, but I’m even more amazed by this DAC. It doesn’t sound ‘hi-fi impressive’; it’s far too subtle for that. It just sounds more like live music than any other digital source that I have ever heard.”
“The bass is powerful and very well structured, It has excellent weight, and reveals detail that I hadn’t heard before even on well known recordings. The midrange sounds natural and the electronics create very little coloration: there are none of the ‘hard edges’ one has come to expect from digital audio; it just plays more convincingly what the recording engineer put on the disc.”