The MSB Select Transport - My new toy for the new year of 2019

CKKeung

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I just received a call from the MSB dealer in Hong Kong. He has read this WBF thread too.

He informed me that MSB is no longer supplying the soft-type of footer I mentioned on #1 of this thread anymore. All new Select/Reference Transports they receive will only have the metallic spikes & spike plates included with them.

He is not sure if MSB customers in other countries or in USA can get both footers. Please ask your local MSB dealer to confirm.
 

Mike Lavigne

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I just received a call from the MSB dealer in Hong Kong. He has read this WBF thread too.

He informed me that MSB is no longer supplying the soft-type of footer I mentioned on #1 of this thread anymore. All new Select/Reference Transports they receive will only have the metallic spikes & spike plates included with them.

He is not sure if MSB customers in other countries or in USA can get both footers. Please ask your local MSB dealer to confirm.
my experience with those rubber footers was that they were easily bettered by a number of passive footers i have at hand, and my Taiko Tana active shelf with LPS is considerably better than those passive footers.

also significant to my ears was separating each MSB Select II box onto it's own shelf. hard to claim this is absolute in every case, but if the Select II works this way with it's over-the-top construction, it would follow that those others would also be similar.

one issue is the length of the power supply cables and the side to side orientation of which box and which power supply cable input. and for me, also i had to deal with the proximity of my Tripoint Elite and the length of my Thor SE grounding cable.

lot's of logistics to work through to optimize the environment for these products. but then our ears get rewarded.
 
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I haven't been to Shibuya in about 45 years and Tokyo for about 15 years.
I went to high school in Yokohama (it is no longer there, decades ago moved to Yokosuka) and have long promised my younger daughter a trip to Japan as a college graduation present (for me as well),
so off we'll go in May......Akihabara is always on my must-see list but since my daughter discovered vinyl when she started college, we'll hit Shibuya also.
 
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adyc

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my experience with those rubber footers was that they were easily bettered by a number of passive footers i have at hand, and my Taiko Tana active shelf with LPS is considerably better than those passive footers.

also significant to my ears was separating each MSB Select II box onto it's own shelf. hard to claim this is absolute in every case, but if the Select II works this way with it's over-the-top construction, it would follow that those others would also be similar.

one issue is the length of the power supply cables and the side to side orientation of which box and which power supply cable input. and for me, also i had to deal with the proximity of my Tripoint Elite and the length of my Thor SE grounding cable.

lot's of logistics to work through to optimize the environment for these products. but then our ears get rewarded.
Mike,

Do you connect ground cable from Select II powerbase to 458 as recommend by MSB? Or connect the ground cable to Troy? I’m interested in your experience.
 

Mike Lavigne

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Mike,

Do you connect ground cable from Select II powerbase to 458 as recommend by MSB? Or connect the ground cable to Troy? I’m interested in your experience.
no.

the amps are between my speakers, the MSB is 12 feet away along the left side of my room with my sources (my 3 Studer A-820's are over on the right side of my room). i use the Troy SE with my amps (and ground the passive speaker towers with it too), and the Elite with my sources. originally i had the Elite with the amps thinking that the Elite would have more effect on the amps, but it turned out the net performance was better with the Elite on the sources. i have 2 of the Thor SE grounding cables; one is hooked to one of the MSB power supplies, the other to my darTZeel preamp (which includes 2 internal phono stages).

to connect the MSB ground to the amps would require very long ground cables so i decided to pass on that direction. so i've not tried that.
 

CKKeung

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my experience with those rubber footers was that they were easily bettered by a number of passive footers i have at hand, and my Taiko Tana active shelf with LPS is considerably better than those passive footers.
Thanks Mike for sharing your experience in footers for the Selects.

May I know other than the best option of the Tana+LPS platform, what passive footers have you tried and your comments on them?

I have reserved a set of Center Stage2 and will try them on the transport after the burn-in.

Thanks again!
 

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