The Select DAC
Redefining what is possible. The world’s most revealing DAC.
Eight Hybrid DAC’s
The Select DAC is powered by MSB’s Hybrid DAC technology. A total of sixteen channels across eight modules are stitched together for a high powered direct output. There is no amplification stage needed to drive the output—only a pure digital-to-analog conversion. The Hybrid module is capable of converting between PCM or native DSD (Hence the Hybrid name).
Smooth chassis lines, few controls, focused modularity, and high-end quality. Our design statement ensured there was no compromise as we set out to create a new level of digital-to-analog conversion. The resulting product set a benchmark in the listening experience.
Each DAC is unique
If you choose to deviate from the stock silver or black finish, there are other bold choices you can make. To ensure the Select DAC is uniformly customizable in every regard, production time is increased to provide you with the the richest and most dynamic product available. All MSB DAC’s have the serial number and customer information programmed directly into the unit. As a result, each DAC is unique, singular, and unparalleled.
A display for the listening chair
There is finally a large character, discrete LED, display that you can read from the listening chair. Designed in-house from the ground up, the Select display is assembled in its own CNC pocket in the uni-body, separate from the the DAC. Along with targeted electrical isolation, the LED display is refreshed in between data points to reduce noise interference.Whether blind listening with the display on or off, it won’t make a difference.
The Dual Powerbase
The importance of a clean power supply can’t be under estimated. A re-imagined design paired with the Select DAC reduces the noise floor even further. There is a single supply for the digital side of the DAC, along with an isolated supply for the analog side. This yields an unprecedented level of performance.
The Mono Powerbase
Moving to two dedicated power supplies, we provide increased isolation and electrical performance for both the digital and the analog power. With the increased space, each Mono Powerbase has a much lower electrical noise design.
One of the most innovative features of the Select DAC is the modular design.The DAC modules, clock, input and output modules are user-replaceable. As any of these technologies change, we’ll be able to update your DAC to keep it current and operational.
MSB is constantly developing new input modules for every application and technology. With the release of MQA, MSB has prepared a new module and a simple software update. This keeps your DAC up to date with the most recent technologies. A DAC that is ready for an unknown future.
The last preamp you will ever need
With the high-output power provided by the Hybrid DAC modules, the need for amplification is eliminated. The signal is attenuated with new technology that provides a constant low impedance output without any active circuitry (no transistors, buffers or op-amps). This allows the Select DAC’s remarkable audio quality to be truly independent of volume setting. It’s a remarkable feat of electrical design that sets a new benchmark in the industry. The output modules are individually tuned for maximum quality balance or single-ended audio.
Expand your analog audio
With sideways expansion, the preamp has the ability for additional analog inputs, isolated sub outputs, and extra analog outputs.
CNC Billet chassis
Starting with an 85lb plate of ‘Kaiser Select Precision Plate’, material is machined in our own in-house CNC shop. After eight hours of machining, 85% of the aluminum is removed, resulting in a 17lb finished product. The integration of our CNC shop allows for design optimization to create the best possible product. We use the high quality premium ‘Select’ metal, giving us the best anodized finishes on the market. There are no shortcuts with the Select DAC