Diamond DAC V Details

Diamond DAC V Details

The Diamond DAC V offers unbelievable performance. It provides our best Diamond DAC modules for the most refined sound quality. These reference quality discrete DACs are without question one of the finest converters in the world. They come as a matched set of four. This DAC accepts 384KHz inputs and up to quad rate DSD native and includes our most advanced Diamond 32x MSB Digital Filter as well as our whole filter suite. It includes 384 kHz upsampling as well. Finally it includes our Femto 140 clock with less than 140 femtoseconds of jitter. It outputs single ended or balanced analog and has a clock sync for studio use. Inputs include balanced or single ended analog inputs, Toslink, Coaxial, Balanced and MSB PRO I2S digital inputs. It requires the Diamond Power Base, providing twice the power output of the standard, silicon carbide diodes, additional sheilding and comes with an exceptional Power Link Cable. See Power Base Performance. Supply also includes DC supply for a transport. Auto Voltage switchable.




Pick Color

The Diamond DAC V is availible in Matte Black or White or any of our many custom colors. Select color and heatsink option:

  Matte Black with Standard Matte Black EURO Heatsinks
  Matte White with Standard Matte White EURO Heatsinks
  Old style Heatsinks to match DAC IV (No Charge)
  Custom Color (any color or combination) for either version (Add $699)


Pick Power Supply

Each DAC must be attached to a DAC V Power Base. Each power supply comes with an output, able to operate a DAC or ADC AND an output to operate an MSB transport. In the case of the Diamond DAC we reccomend a Diamond Power Base and Isolation Base. See Power Base Comparisons.

The Diamond Power Supply includes upgraded capacitors, silicon carbide diodes, addtional magnetic and electrostatic sheilding. It also provides twice the power output and an exceptional Power Link Cable.

  None - I already have one.
  Diamond Platinum Power Base with digital supply and Diamond Power Cable(Add $5995.)
  Old style Heatsinks to match DAC IV (No Charge)
  Custom Color (any color or combination) for either version (Add $699)


Isolation Base

Unless the power in your listening room is absolutely perfect and you have no LED lights, computers, TVs or internet routers in your home, we strongly urge you to not even listen to the Diamond DAC V without the Isolation Base. It provides a clarity and consistancy that you will depend on. If you are not convinced, return it for a refund.

  None - I have perfect power.
  Add Matt White Isolation Base ($1995)
  Add Matt Black Isolation Base ($1995)
  Custom Color (any color or combination) (Add $699)

  Pick US style receptacle
  Pick EU 'Schuko' style receptacle
  Pick S. African/Indian style receptacle
  Pick UK style receptacle
  Pick Australian style receptacle

  Pick 100 V Input Voltage
      Pick 100 V Output Voltage
      Pick 120 V Output Voltage
  Pick 120 V Input Voltage
      Pick 120 V Output Voltage
      Pick 240 V Output Voltage
  Pick 240 V Input Voltage
      Pick 120 V Output Voltage
      Pick 240 V Output Voltage


Pick Volume Control

Our Preamp philosophy is based on the belief that from the moment analog audio is created, every transition that is made degrades the quality. This is why we have used a passive attenuator within the Platinum DAC V, to achieve the simplest, shortest possible signal path with the least possible degradation of the true music.  The Volume is controlled in 1 dB steps from +9 to -69 dB.  The Volume Control is completely bypassed when at 0 dB.  The Diamond volume control is hand selected and carefully shielded for a truly transperent volume control.

The volume control can be applied to the analog inputs or the inputs can bypass the volume control. Trim and balance can be selected in the DAC menus to match the DAC output to an external analog input.

  None
  Include Diamond Stepped Attenuator (Add $2995)


Pick FemtoSecond Clock Upgrade

This reference Femto 33 Clock at 33 femtoseconds jitter and the Galaxy Femto 77 Clock with jitter under 77 femtoseconds (.077 psec) offers unprecedented accuracy. There is no more accurate clocks availible for audio. Sonic benefits guaranteed. These clocks replace the Femto 140 clock. (Full credit is included)

  None
  Include Galaxy Clock (Add $4955)
  Include Femto 33 Clock (Add $14905)


Pick USB

We have gone to great trouble to completely isolate the USB input from computer noise and jitter. The USB receiver is actually powered from the USB computer power and the data buffered and optically coupled to our board for complete ground isolation and jitter rejection. Listening tests place this input on an equal footing with other SP/DIF inputs, as a truly high performance audio source. The USB input is availible in three levels. All are limited to 24 bits and require MSB drivers on a PC.

USB2 Standard 192 is the basic option, with bit-perfect playback of all files up to 192 kHz, and DSD up to 64x.

The USB2 Signature 384 upgrade will play all files up to 384 kHz with excellent quality, and play DSD up to 128x.

The USB2 Quad Rate DSD upgrade will play all files up to 384 kHz with even better, exceptional quality, and play DSD up to 256x. The PRO I2S input board is needed to use the Quad USB.

Up to Two USB inputs can be added of any type. For more details check here.

  None
  Add USB2 192 kHz Input (Add $995)
  Add USB2 Signature 384 kHz Input (Add $1395)
  Add Quad Rate DSD USB2 Input ONLY (I have a PROI2S input card) (Add $1895)
  Add Quad Rate DSD USB2 Input AND PROI2S Input card (Add $2890)


Pick PRO I2S Input and Audio Renderer

This input board provides a ground isloated MSB Network input ideal for connection to the Universal Media Transport and Data CD IV transport as well as a second PRO I2S input.

This board is replaced by the Audio Renderer. With this option you can stream music directly to the DAC V without a computer - always bit-perfect.

Either can be installed in the AUX input slots.

  None
  Include PRO I2S Input (Add $995)
  Include Audio Renderer (Add $2995)


Pick extra Analog Input

There are two possible upgrades to add an additional analog input. One adds another balanced input, the other a single-ended input.

The single-ended input upgrade converts the Alternate Analog Output into an additional single-ended analog input. Just as the balanced analog input, it can bypass or use the volume control and is fully selectable.

A second balanced input can be added by using the two AUX inputs for two more XLR inputs. Just as the first balanced analog input, it can bypass or use the volume control and is fully selectable. This upgrade uses up the AUX inputs so no other digital inputs can be added.

  None
  Include RCA Analog Input (Add $995)
  Include XLR Balanced Analog Input (Add $995)


Pick Clock Output Adapter

This adapter plugs into a PRO I2S input or the older MSB Network (either the one found on the DAC or one created with the PRO I2S input card below). It provides a master clock output suitable to slave a transport or server.

The clock output is a 512x master clock at LVDS level. It is approved for use with the Aurender Server. (It can also be used as a clock input.)

  None
  Include Clock Output Adapter (Add $199)


Pick PRO I2S Cable

This CAT 6 cable provides a connection from the Universal Media Transport and Data CD transport to the DAC PRO I2S input or the older MSB Network input.

  None
  Include PRO I2S Cable for DAC V (Add $95)

Interconnect Cable
Pick Interconnect

It is very important that interconnects match both the resolution and impedance of the DAC. MSB Diamond Interconnects offer a superior matched impedance cable with amazing time coherency.

The stock length is 3 feet or they can be ordered in any custom length.

  None - I happy with my own Interconnects. (Add $0)
  Add Diamond RCA Interconnect (Add $3990. plus $385/foot over 3' long)
  Add Diamond XLR Interconnect (Add $3990. plus $385/foot over 3' long)
  Add SELECT RCA Interconnect (Add $24950. plus $1990/foot over 3' long)
  Add SELECT XLR Interconnect (Add $24950. plus $1990/foot over 3' long)
  Custom Length Interconnect from 1 to 50 feet