MSB Technologies Wows
Yes, all of this great sound comes at a price. I leave it to you to total up the cost of MSB’s Diamond DAC and Diamond Power Base ($27,990) with FemtoSecond Galaxy Clock ($9,950) and optional volume control installed ($995), Data CD IV transport which plays CDs and all WAV files up to 32/384k when burned to DVD ($3995), and S200 amplifier ($14,995). (All this gear was favorably reviewed by Jon Iverson in the October issue of Stereophile.) Then add in the system’s all-important YG Acoustics Anat III Studio Signature loudspeakers ($68,000/pair) and Analysis Plus cabling, including Big silver oval speaker cable ($2240/2m pair), multiple sets of Silver Oval IN interconnects ($1365/2m pair), and any number of Power Oval 2 power cords ($465/5ft).
Note that MSB has recently introduced their new entry level Analog DAC ($6995), which MSB National Sales Manager Vince Galbo says is based on technologies “trickled down” from their top-of-the-line Diamond DAC, and is startingly good. If the Analog DAC, with its optional volume control ($995), is as good as Vince claims, I may be lining up for one. Hey, it would be nice, for once, to discover a case of trickle-down economics that really work.