MSB Technology Gold DACs

4.83/5 (6 Reviews) MSRP : $2350.00


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Black, with flat vibration isolation chassis


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Louis a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: November 12, 2000

Bottom Line:   
This review is for MSB Gold Link DAC II, not III. Since Gold III has just come out last month, I'd assume all previous posts are referring to the Gold or Gold II.

(you may want to confirm what you're buying if you are looking for used product - the front looks almost the same for Gold II and Gold III - but Gold III has upsampling built-in).

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I got this as an store demo (used with the P/1000 power station) which has been well burnt-in. The improvement over MSB Link DAC III is significant. I'm not going to add to the many positives that other reviewers have pointed out.

However, without balanced out and AES/AT&T digital in, I think MSB Gold could only be classified as "poor man's best DAC". The value is of course tremendeous, but if you are truely audiophile you'd feel your system's potential is restricted by this design limitation.

Well, the unit is analytical to a point where the music is cold and too analytical. For example, it's nice to hear distinct string parts clearly in playing Debussy's "Prelude to Afternoon of the Faun", but the parts don't sound blend in at all as they should.

Sonic Frontiers SFD1-Mk II (I used Telefunken NOS tubes) is not as detail (but very very close) but it sounds much warmer and musical. Compare MSB Gold with EVS ($650 new) and Classe ($1650 used) would further confirm this comparison.

I may be just plain picky here. MSG Gold is an awesome unit to have. May be it just doesn't fit my taste when playing classical music.





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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Northern Sound Exchange



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wilford Sardonne a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Im using this Gold Link premier DAC now for 3 mths and as what they say is true,it takes forever to run in.
It works wonders with my ML 31.5 and has replaced my 36s
as current reference.

Sweet extended highs with excellent detail retrieval and warm full tonality, the 36s is slightly more mechanical sounding.

Was Thinking of upgrading the 36s to 360s but when the MSB is truly this awesome, decided to sell it, and spend the money on a better power supply for the Gold Link.

Standard link DAC is rough sounding at extremes and a little merciless in the mid to highs but is a good value product , the Gold link is miles ahead and a true no holds barred reference though.
a liitle niggle, Doesnt have AT&T though.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mikel lobosco a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Im using a pioneer 525 dvd player and its the only company to allow up sampling for dvd audio and also many other pioneer cd players like the 414 or 626 and the Elite series.Other products say 96k 24 bit but they don't up sample to 24 bit 96k do some research and you'll find out the truth. Its amazing how they hype some people into this 96k stuff and its not the real thing there should be some complaints about this CONSUMER AFFAIRS maybe. WEll.. back to the review the gold link is better than the link 2, Its bass is tighter and the highs more natural than the link 2 but the link 2 does better than cd players in the 3 grand range so don't laugh at the price and try it out for yourself. People are always gonna think.. if something is selling for 5 grand or more its going to be better well does money make the sound or does the equipment make it, seek and you will hear. I want to thank MSB, The sound is so wide open. If it was not for a friend where I had a chance to listen and have it at my house I still would have been searching for something else and maybe blaming my speakersor etc. The bass on the MSB was tighter than the naim 3.5 and the highs where just the way music should sound. The naim 3.5 had edges at the upper highs and the bass was loose on the lower end of the spectrum. I now have a second gold link I had some kind of problem with it but I have gave it another try this can happened to any company with defects and with no problem music direct gave me another one. Im in no way worried about this. The problem was a sound that sounded like a digital interference which happened to me once with a C.A.l cd player cL15. I will get back and tell if this gold link stands up to its name. GREAT SOUND this dac was in different systems. My system is a SIM audio w3 amp Sim audio P5 pre amp, DYNaudio 1.8 speakers and monster cable retro sigma, cable great cable too, tried many like transparent cardas and so on.

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Overall Rating:5
Submitted by JC a an Audiophile

Date Reviewed: August 9, 1999

Bottom Line:   
The MSB Gold Link DAC took a very long time to be fully burn in roughly 600 hours to reach its full potential. It replaced an Audio Alchemy DDE 3 in my system. It outperform the DDE 3 easily. To my surprise, it sounded even better than my friend's Mark Levenson #36 in terms of harmonic richness and bass potency. The soundstage and treble pruity are about equal. I A/B compared the two units in my system (see below). However, in order to achieve this level of performance, make sure you burn in your unit for a very very long time (about600 hours) also use better power supply. I use an Audio Alchemy power station 3 and a ESP Essense power cord. This combination of power supply gives the unit even more detailed, extended treble and deeper, tighter bass. The image inside the soundstage also becom sharper with this power supply upgrade. I use the Audio Alchemy DTI Pro 32 in the 24 bit dither setting to help achieve this level of sonic performance from the MSB gold link.
My System:

Audio Alchemy DDS Pro with Synergistic Reference AC Master Coupler power cord
connected via Camelot silver I2S cable to Audio Alchemy DTI Pro 32 with power station 3 and ESP essence power cord, Convergent Audio Technology SL-1 Ultimate preamp with Synergistic Reference AC Master Couple, Krell FBP 200 power amp with ESP essence power cord, Thiel 2.3 speakers, Cardas Golden Reference interconnect cables and Cardas Golden Cross speaker cable. I also use vibropod under my components except under the Transport I use the Seismic Sink. Chang Lightspeed and Power wedge.

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Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Bil Crane a an Audiophile

Date Reviewed: July 19, 1999

Bottom Line:   
I previously had a standard LINK DAC and this unit improved the sound once again. (Before that I was using Audio Alchemy DDE 3.0 and a DTI PRO.) It has four Burr-Brown 1716 DACs where the non-GOLD has only one. Apparently this, and other internal circuit enhancements, attribute to the increased resolution. It brings out hidden details of my CDs. The bass is much tighter, the mids clearer and there is a further reduction in digital grunge in the highs. This is one sweet box; a true AUDIOPHILE DAC. Even better the price has been dropped to $995, an incredible bargain!

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