MSB Product Upgrades

MSB Product Upgrades

Keeping the Hardware Up to Date

We have been making audio products for over 20 years so there are many models and versions. We at MSB are committed to helping you keep both your hardware and firmware up to date. We can help you with hardware upgrades in many cases by replacing a now out-of-date module. Contact MSB or your dealer with your model and serial number and we can probably give you an idea of what options you have.

Keeping the Firmware Up to Date

Product firmware updates are free and offer both corrections of problems we found and performance improvements. We recommend keeping your Product Firmware up to date.

The first thing to do is to check your product to see if it needs an update. Go to the product below and check your version number. If it needs an update follow the instructions.

Current Versions and how to check your version

DAC V Family
REV 1.3

  1. Press the menu button on the front panel (left button with square on it)
  2. Turn the volume knob until ABOUT is displayed
  3. Click the select button (right button with *)
  4. You will see CODE REV #
  5. Then you will see INPUT DSP REV # and FILTER DSP REV #
  6. The current version should be 1.3, 1.1 and 1.1.

DAC V Upgrade

DAC IV Family
REV 4.9

  1. Press the menu button on the front panel (left button with square on it)
  2. Turn the volume knob until ABOUT is displayed
  3. Click the select button (right button with *)
  4. You will see CODE REV #
  5. Then you will see INPUT DSP REV # and FILTER DSP REV #
  6. The current version should be 4.9, 4.1 and 4.1.

DAC IV Upgrade

Analog DAC
REV 2.1

  1. When you power up the DAC, 'MSB' should fade on in the display.
  2. If you press and hold the Input button for 5 Seconds, the unit will reset and display the firmware version, serial number, and distributor.
  3. The revision number should be "M21" and "D16".
  4. If item 1 or 2 do not happen or the revision number is out of date, you need an upgrade.
  5. This update is needed for the Quad Rate DSD USB Module and Renderer

Analog DAC Upgrade

UMT Family
REV 1.3

  1. With this product, it is harder to find out your version
  2. If the UMT is connected to the internet, the OPPO upgrades will prompt you automatically.
  3. If you have never done a firmware update and ordered your UMT plus before January 1, 2014 you need a firmware update.

UMT Upgrade

Data CD Family
REV 1.10

  1. Press the “<<” and “>>” at the same time to get into the menu.
  2. Scroll down to “About” with the “>||” button.
  3. Press the “>>” button to view.
  4. You will see CODE REV #s for FPGA, Mirco and DSP.
  5. They should be 1.10, 1.6, and 1.5/1.0

Data CD Upgrade

USB2 Drivers
PC USERS ONLY
Windows 8

  1. Open the Control Panel (The small blue M in the task bar)
  2. Your RevisionID should be 3.3

USB2 Upgrade

Renderer Device Firmware

  1. Open the web interface
  2. Your version should be 1.10

USB2 Upgrade

Saving the File

Save link as...

The first step is to download your file and save it on your computer. Each browser is a little different, but they all do the same thing. You will want to right-click on the link below and select “Save link as...” or “Save target as...” or in Safari it is “Download Linked File.”

If you have a MSB Universal Media Player, save the file on a USB memory stick like the one shown at the right. Insert the USB stick into the UMT. Select the Upgrade file and play it. You will hear a voice message with instructions. If the new firmware is installed correctly, this will be confirmed.

If you are playing the file from your computer, save the file on the computer. Select the Upgrade file and play it using iTunes. You will hear a voice message with instructions. If the new firmware is installed correctly, this will be confirmed.

 

Instructions if you are burning an audio CD in iTunes

Create new playlist

Once the file is saved, the second step is to create a playlist for the code files. A playlist will allow you to burn the files to a CD.
To make a playlist in iTunes, go to “File” and “New Playlist.” Name the playlist "update code" or a name of your choice.

The third step is to add your previously downloaded code file to the playlist. To do that, all you need to do is click and drag the file or files and drop them on your playlist name in iTunes. A blue box should appear around the playlist name.

Add to playlist

After the playlist is created, insert a blank CD. In the bottom right corner, there is a button called, “Burn Disc.” After clicking that button, make sure it is set to “Audio CD” and that “Sound Check” is off. After the settings are correct, click “Burn.”

Burn Disc

After you have burned your CD, play it in the Data CD IV, or another bit-perfect transport. You must use a S/PDIF interconnect to the CD Transport, either RCA, Balanced XLR or Optical to do the upgrade. Do not use the MSB Network for the upgrade. You will hear a voice message and listen to it's instructions. If you hear "Update Failed" please try again and check your settings.

WARNING USB USERS. We have had several cases were this file upgrade system has failed or partially failed to work with a customers system using a USB connection. In some cases changing the USB cable has solved the problem. PLEASE DO NOT use a "audiophile" USB cable. They inevitably have more bit errors than a standard quality cable. The upgrade file is quite long and just one bit wrong will cause it to fail. Try a short cable, bypass a hub, try a different player, restart your computer, etc. The upgrade does work if played bit-perfect.