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MSB Reference DAC sets the bar for digital to analog converters.

Four Hybrid DACs come standard with the MSB Reference DAC.

The MSB Reference DAC is equipped with new Hybrid DAC technology. Originating in another model, MSB made this technology more compact and robust. In doing so they were also able to make the equipment even more affordable while still producing ultra high-quality sound. Unlike other models in the brand's line that utilize eight modules, The Reference DAC only requires four modules to anchor eight high-powered channels. The Hybrid module can be reconfigured to accommodate PCM or native DSD, ensuring it’s the most dynamic DAC on the market.

Simplicity at it's finest.

Smooth lines, minimal controls, focused modularity and high-end quality are just a few words you would use to describe the MSB Reference DAC. The design truly encompasses the best of both quality and usability of digital to analog conversion. The resulting product has set a new, previously undiscovered reference in the listening experience.

A display made specifically for the listening chair.

Designed with the audiophile in mind, MSB gave the Reference DAC an easy-to-read display. The discrete LED installation is both stunning and practical. It's large enough that you can stay seated in your chair. No standing required so you can just sit back and become immersed. Designed in-house from the ground up, the display is assembled in its own CNC pocket in the uni-body, separate from the DAC. Along with targeted electrical isolation, the LED display is refreshed in between data points to reduce noise interference.

The dual powerbase for ultimate performance.

You can never underestimate the importance of a clean power supply. A re-imagined design paired with the DAC reduces the noise floor even further. MSB created an isolated power supply for the analog supply and a single supply for the digital side. The result- remarkable levels of performance.

The Mono Powerbase.

MSB Reference DAC is enhanced by two dedicated power supplies. They created increased isolation and electrical performance for both the digital and the analog power. With the extra space, each Mono Powerbase possesses a much lower electrical noise design.

Completely modular.

Our modular design encourages innovation. The DAC modules, input and output modules, and clock are all user-replaceable. As these technologies change, MSB updates your DAC to keep it current and operational.

Engaging with the Future.

MSB is constantly innovating and creating new input modules for every application and technology.  With the release of MQA, MSB has prepared a new module and a streamlined software update. This augments your DAC with the most up to date technologies.  Put simply, your DAC is ready for the future.

The last preamp you will ever need.

Upgrading from the Base Output Module will provide cutting-edge constant impedance passive volume control preamp. This preamp will provide improved audio quality of your entire system while reducing system complexity.  It’s an incredible feat of electrical design that sets a new benchmark in the industry. Output modules are individually tuned for maximum quality balance or single-ended audio. Even without the upgraded preamp module, the DAC still has built-in volume control.


Expand your analog audio.

With sideways expansion, the preamp can accommodate additional analog inputs, isolated sub outputs, and extra analog outputs.


CNC Billet chassis

Starting with an 65lb plate of ‘Kaiser Select Precision Plate’, material is machined in our own in-house CNC shop. After more than four hours of machining, 60% of the aluminum is removed, resulting in a 18lb 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.


Anodized Finishes

Available in matte silver and matte black anodized finishes. Replaceable foot guards are included to protect the chassis from damage. Any standard M6X1 foot can be installed.