MSB Technology Gold Link DAC DACs

Gold Link DAC

Digital to Analog Converter

User Reviews (7)

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Scott   AudioPhile [Apr 22, 2013]

Very under-rated DAC in the general audio press. Detailed and engaging analog like sound, which has been my experience with all the MSB products I've owned. Even in 2013 this DAC when paired with the P1000 power supply or better is competitive with the best of the currently available $900 - $1500 DACs. Fairly easy to modified - and capable of much, much more.

The Gold Link / Gold Link III when paired with a good power supply (MSB P1000, Monolithic Sound HC 2B, etc.) will not disappoint. Remember however, that a system is a system and not an individual component.

Cheers

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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
BISON OSUGI   AudioPhile [Apr 17, 2008]
Strength:

Greatly improves CD resolution and an excellent value.

Weakness:

None.

I agree with other reviewers that Steve Rochlin is way off base in dissin’ this DAC. As far as I'm concerned, he and his on-line rag have no credibility.

I had a GOLD III with the P1000 power supply (something Rochlin never tried) for over three years and it was a delight every time I used it. It was the poor-man's Platinum DAC and has been discontinued. I have now moved on to the GOLD4, or Power DAC.
MSB is perhaps the most advanced DAC company on the planet and keeps pushing the bar higher.

Similar Products Used: Audio Note Kit 1.1, a relative mediocre performer.
Perpetual Technologies P3-A with P1-A and Channel Islands power supply: a close second but the total is more money.
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5
VALUE
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5
Steve   AudioPhile [Oct 23, 2003]
Strength:

sounstage.....bass.... definition

Weakness:

not much resale value due to opinions

before buying this unit ,I was using a MSB111 with unsampling, actually I bought the Gold link thinking theres only one version the latest and greatest . But to my chagrin Its a earlier vintage unit which a few reviewers slammed pretty hard "Steven Rochlin" in particular,so this tainted my opinion, then I tried it again after sufficient burn in and sounds phenoninal Why do we put so much stock in reviewers comments? Steve is/was a local guy to me/i bought several pieces off him /mostly in the used vintage dept. I always thought he had more money than brains and his employer thought the same. People wake up. Opinions are like a'holes sometimes,and its amazing how we can get a piece of equipment and cause someone said this our perception is tainted.Well Steve the only reason you had all that money is cause yourbrother in Key West left it to you,you do the math

Similar Products Used: msb link 3/ Rotel 991/Rotel 1070
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5
VALUE
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5
HiFi Larry   AudioPhile [Feb 27, 2003]
Strength:

Well constructed, excellent value, superb sonics

Weakness:

Must be used with P1000 Power Base to obtain best performance.

This is a review of the Gold Link III with upsampling on and P1000 Power Base. This is the one of the best investments in a piece of audio gear that I have made. Wide, deep and high soundstage, excellent low level detail retrieval, smooth, clean and detailed midrange and highs, deep, tight extended bass. Using Sony SCD777ES as transport. Really cleans up some of the less than perfectly engineered CD,s and reduces listening fatique. Highly Recommended.

Similar Products Used: Audio Alchemy, California Audio Labs
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5
VALUE
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5
ken ambrose   AudioPhile [Dec 29, 2002]
Strength:

openness, recovery of ambience, reproduction of voice, transients, "attack".

Weakness:

I consider it expensive at $1300 but worth it.

Most open, airy, clear, natural sounding DAC I have ever had in my system. I have a NAD S500, CD player with full class A analog stages, and burr-brown dac. When I a/b this with the gold link (fed from the NAD's digital outpu) the difference is quite striking. The NAD's dac sounds muffled, like listening to music with pillows over your ears. What a diffence the gold link makes in direct A/B comparison! The music instantly opens up, sound stage and ambience suddenly appear, voices sound breathy and natural. String "bite" on guitars is so much more realistic. You can hear the pick scraping the strings sometimes, etc. etc.

OVERALL
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4
VALUE
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3
ken ambrose   AudioPhile [Mar 02, 2002]
Strength:

Much increased detail extracted from CDs. Much tighter bass from CDs. Noticeably more realistic "attack" in the transients. The first "whap" of a drum really shocks you just like "live". Better stereo seperation.

Weakness:

Some Cds are basically unplayable now. I assume they are poor recordings not up to the detial extracted using the MSB

some CD source now sound much better, some much worse...

Similar Products Used: NAD silverline CD
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RATING
4
VALUE
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4
Brian   Audiophile [Feb 18, 2000]
Strength:

Oustanding top to bottom. Very detailed, but not etched. Tremendous value.

Weakness:

None.

I was stunned when I replaced the Camelot Uther mk II with the MSB Gold linc dac. The Uther is a fine piece, but I liked the MSB more and at 40% of the price. It was more detailed than the Camelot, and better bass. I am using a G&D Transforms UTP 1, with the Kimber Select cable. Tony at G&D made me a custom power supply for the MSB. I have a Joule-Electra amp and preamp running into a pair of Merlin VSM SE's. It is a high resolution system, and I would put this digital system up against anything I have heard regardless of price.

Similar Products Used: This MSB replaced a Camelot Uther mk II, which retails for $3000.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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