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  1. K

    Features I'd like to see on the Select DAC II

    Yeah I want an optical renderer too...Also waiting for dsd512 on renderer...
  2. K

    All New Amplifier Technology From MSB-Introducing the M500 and the S500

    Congratz cincy! Nice review too...I'm also awaiting delivery of a modest S500 to replace my DagS250...hopefully Jan... Cheers!
  3. K

    MSB M500 monos : Home audition in Hong Kong

    Nice review...In fact, I have similar feelings about this whole thing (although I have only heard m500 at the HK show)... Righteousness is a dramatic word. I would rather put it as natural, or perhaps supernatural!
  4. K

    PLiXiR Elite Series balanced Power - an unpretentious choice for my MSB Select stack

    Try Stromtank battery if you want the best... But then again, its effect on the (already excellent) select powerbases could be relatively small. Stromtank benefits on other components (especially amp) are huge. The above just my 2 cents Cheers
  5. K

    MSB M500 monos : Home audition in Hong Kong

    This is intriguing... I play my select dac mostly at 70ish but always imagine that 90ish could be better (on manufacturer's recommendation)
  6. K

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    power house 3 platinum is 3 generations ago and long superseded by power house 4 alpha power house zero power house zero ultimate even brimar is superseded by brimar graphene
  7. K

    New Wadax Atlantis Reference Dac

    I think it is in 3 boxes...one dac box and 2 power boxes on two sides...
  8. K

    New Wadax Atlantis Reference Dac

    50000 hours are roughly equivalent to 30 engineers working for one year. In Hong Kong, the approximate cost of such work is in the region of US$3million.
  9. K

    MSB Select II arrival

    Brimar was supposed to be the stellar one last year, but then came the Zero, and Graphene?, and whatnot...not even sure which one is best now...
  10. K

    MSB Select II arrival

    According to the manual, there are supposed to be one main fuse and one unused fuse (in each power base presumably). I bought a brimar fuse last year and was trying to swap it in, but the local dealer convinced me not to do so, claiming that the original fuse was most balanced. I may yet try...
  11. K

    MSB Renderer v2 in the house!

    The WiFi interface manual can be found at the Discontinued Product Manuals section of msbtechnology website.
  12. K

    MSB Renderer v2 in the house!

    Some msb models like analog already has an earlier mqa usb module, so renderer 2 is not the first mqa addition. For dac v etc, renderer 2 is mqa capable for the first time.
  13. K

    Goodbye Vivaldi

    Congratulations Cincy...and Ken... BTW, the Select Transport is in production and the local agent Pacific Audio here in Hong Kong said delivery within 2 months...so lets see...
  14. K

    MSB Renderer v2 in the house!

    New renderer 2 up and running at koalakoala's place! 5 units were shipped to Hong Kong last week... many thanks to the local agent Pacific Audio for the speedy installation... Need time for burning in... First impression - no doubt a significant upgrade over the old renderer.
  15. K

    MSB Select II arrival

    In case you haven't noticed, the new Reference Transport is added to the MSB website us$18500 (photos were shown on Mono & Stereo earlier)
  16. K

    MSB Select II arrival

    I have 2 x stage 3 concept leviathan pc feeding the mono powerbases - bringing out all the details... (before that I used shunyata sigma)
  17. K

    Help me to better understand the digital terms I2S and Ethernet Renderer

    btw, the Japanese are having audiophile grade nas (like the Fidata I use) with dual Ethernet ports - one feeding renderer direct, second one to router for Wi-Fi control. This way the audio signal is not going through router.
  18. K

    MSB Select II arrival

    Yes I think a Stromtank battery could be an upgrade for select ii Here is a photo I took at the recent Hong Kong Audio Show - the new half height S2500
  19. K

    MSB Select II arrival

    Don't know what Mike would think if I bother him with more suggestions like - putting Select II directly on the Herzan - putting the 2 mono bases on separate rack levels - bypassing the Dartzeel pre altogether, driving 458 direct...(with -6db native dsd option)
  20. K

    MSB Select II arrival

    Congratulations Mike! Delightful new toys!! You mentioned the CH mono. Now CH has this X1 dedicated single-component power supply unit. 3 box dac + T1 clock + D1SE transport + 5 x X1 power supplies - that's a 10-headed monstrous hydra!!! Real fun isn't it...
  21. K

    MSB Select II arrival

    The select II has its only isolation base grounding system (connecting to power amp chaisis). The factory cable provided looks uninspiring though, so I replaced that with a DIY pure silver one (made by my brother). Additional grounding gadgets could also help. I added a telos gnr active...
  22. K

    MSB Select II arrival

    Hi JP Yes, the msb transport is based on oppo. It is not esoteric vrds but from my own experience it is more reliable than eso. I used to own an eso k1, very nice, but sometimes it had mistracking problems, mostly (ironically) on sacd produced by esoteric japan! The oppo mechanism can...
  23. K

    MSB Select II arrival

    Hi CK, I was at the HK Show Saturday. The MSB room was so crowded that I could hardly squeeze in. I took a long range shot of the Ref Dac then left shortly (as they were explaining the Italian speakers in which I had little interest). Glad to hear that their new transport is coming out...
  24. K

    MSB Select II arrival

    Hi Howie, Yes, the Giya 3 has lower sensitivity (87dB) and lower impedance than the Nola Concert Grands (91dB?). Using direct drive, low sensitivity speakers are theoretically beneficial, with a working volume level closer to the optimal bypass level (98 according to latest MSB...
  25. K

    MSB Select II arrival

    my renderer playing 128dsd
  26. K

    MSB Select II arrival

    Hi Mike, My current system looks like this: MSB Signature UMT V MSB Select DAC II, Femto33, 2xmono powerbases Dan D'Agostino Momentum S250 Vivid Giya G3 Don't think I will elaborate on the merits of directly driving power amp, as others have already described them. I'm using taoc...
  27. K

    MSB Select II arrival

    Hi everybody! This is koalakoala hailing from Hong Kong. Been following this thread with great interest... Just my 2 cents: 1. By all means go for 2x mono powerbases - you won't regret it. 2. Don't stack up your dac on the powerbase. 3. You can do without a preamp - for improved...

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