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Simplicity

The DAC V is the heart of a simple but incredibly high performance system. It was designed in a way to act as both a DAC and a pre-amplifier.  With many digital inputs and up to two Analog inputs our integrated analog volume control may outperform your preamp. You may connect your turntable through the analog input and all your digital sources directly to the DAC V.   The Analog Output is a stepped attenuator purist volume control design (if the optional Volume Control is installed).  It's simplicity provides amazing transperency. 

The Package

The DAC V comes in an exciting streamlined package. The clean lines of this are simple and elegant. The entire chassis is machined in-house in California. The classic design of the DAC IV is a bold "tech" look in keeping with the technology found within and can still be special ordered. Both have integral heat sinks to keep component temperatures stable and both use an external DC power base. Integral in both designs are our amazing MSB Isorack Damping Feet as well as a clean front panel, with a full suite of programmable features. All DAC V's are offered from stock in Matt Black or White, as well as a huge range of Custom Colors.

Two Models

The DAC V is sold in two models. Both include ground breaking technology. A DAC Comparison Chart details the differences between the models and the other MSB DACs. DAC technology is complex. Vince, our US Sales Manager has put together a simple Ladder DAC explaination. For a better understanding check this more technical tutorial.   How DACs Work! A simple but accurate explanation. All DAC V's are fully upgradable. Check our Firmware Upgrade Files here.

  • The Signature DAC V incorporates the best of the MSB DAC technology including four 25 bit Signature DAC modules and a Signature Volume Module.
  • The Diamond DAC V is the best DAC V and includes four of our best 26 bit Diamond DAC modules and a Diamond volume control.

Computer Music Server?

The varous MSB USB2 inputs allow a DAC V to interface seamlessly with any computer using the USB 2.0 output and play bit-perfect audio to 384 kHz and up to quad rate DSD with no hassles or confusion. You are provided with the highest quality computer based playback in the industry with the least difficulty. Who says the best must be expensive or complex. The MSB USB2 offers a simple solution with amazing performance. Does your music server have a clock input? MSB DACs now offer a clock output for greatly reduced noise from that music server. MSB also offers an Audio Renderer option for the DAC V. Now you can stream music directly to the DAC V without a computer - always bit-perfect.

Femtosecond Clock

Both DAC V models include the MSB Femto 140 clock. This amazing clock offers less than 140 Femtoseconds of jitter for your DAC and MSB Transports. Nothing contributes more to natuaral sound than low clock jitter and MSB offers the worlds lowest jitter audio clocks! The select DAC includes the Galaxy Femto 77 Clock. This clock is an upgrade option for all DAC and ADC models.

Superior DSD playback

The DAC V are able to accept DSD in all of its digital inputs, not just the USB input like most DACs. You can play .DFF and .DFS files and can play 64x DSD, 128x and 256x DSD. Please note, you must have a 192 kHz USB input rate for 64x DSD and a 384 kHz USB input rate for 128x DSD and the Quad Rate USB input for 256x DSD. (You have been wondering why MSB has been shipping 384 kHz inputs for years now!) The extreme speed and resolution of our DACs provide a DSD experience unlike any in this world. You must hear it to believe it.

Control

The MSB aluminum remote offers complete controls for the DAC V transport family.

Transports

Many amazing transports fit perfectly in the DAC V family.

Check out the differences between each transport on this Transport Comparison Chart.

The Cables

There are two kinds of power cables used between the Power Bases and the products, one for DACs and one for Transports. There are Signature and Diamond level cables for both. Cables are supplied free with each power base purchased and match the performance level of the power base. Cables can be upgraded.

The Signature DAC V Cable
The Diamond DAC V Cable
The Signature Transport Cable
The Diamond Transport Cable

The Sound

The performance of DAC V is amazing. Immediately you'll notice the beauty of the voices and the lack of congestion and harshness that often accompanies massed voices and massed instruments with complex harmonics like violins and saxophones. This new level of clarity is also noticeable in instruments of all frequencies. This DAC also dramatically increases the resolution of the performance. Fine detail that was once hidden and "smeared" in the background is now clear and obvious. There is a perception that each fine harmonic is individually revealed giving new definition and separation to the instruments. The sense of space where the recording was done is intricately revealed with wider and deeper soundstage. Each instrument is more singly placed and positioned. Our engineering and listening team have always noticed that when genuine fine detail is further revealed (without harshness), there always seems to be an increase in the sense of space. This makes sense because spatial cues are the original sound of the voice or instrument with the reflections from the walls of the recording space added, and are therefore complex harmonics themselves.

The dynamics are significantly improved giving the drummer's expression a convincing "hit" that cannot be ignored. Bass attack is convincing and scaled to what the artist intended. This new level of dynamic reproduction is a critical ingredient in convincing us we are listening to the live performance, and drawing us deeply into the music. Once it is heard, it is hard to live without.

The Measurements

The DAC V outperforms by far all other competitors with a noise floor and jitter measurements that are out of this world. The DAC V includes all of our proprietary technology previously reserved for the MSB SELECT DAC.

The Signature DAC V Inside

The Signature DAC V contains all the elements of the MSB Select DAC of 2014 except for Signature DAC modules and Signature DAC Volume Controls instead of Diamond Modules and Volume Controls.

The Diamond DAC V Inside

The Diamond DAC V contains all the elements of the MSB Select DAC plus some extra technology recently developed. You can expect to hear a level of detail and realism you would not expect to be possible from digital.

DAC V Front and Back Panel - Mouseover for details