MSB is known for their distinctive look and their extraordinary electronics. Personally, only one of those works for me, but then, no one really asked me. In fact, there’s a rather long list of manufacturers that don’t ask me a damn thing before worrying about their products, their design or their aesthetic. Maybe they’re on to something, there.
Anyway, today’s surprises included the $14,995 S200, no negative feedback, Class A, 200wpc stereo Amplifier. This box looked almost identical to the $24,990 Diamond DAC IV — here fitted out with the optional Femto Clock ($9,950!!!), Diamond Volume Control ($2,995) and Pro I2S input board ($995). A similar-looking stack included the $3,995 Data CD IV Transport with its optional $3,495 Signature Transport Power Base.
Here, in an MSB DAC, the digital tech is really quite impressive. One of the things I find most impressive is their clocks. Modular? Oh yeah! So, when you’re ready to upgrade your MSB DAC, you can just pop in the Femtosecond Galaxy Clock.
How long is a femtosecond? It is one millionth of one billionth of a second. Visible light oscillates with a period of about 2 femtoseconds.
This clock wanders deep into territory where it’s almost required to have a debate about the epistemological underpinnings of that very debate. Femtosecond? Really? How can you even measure that?
While the propeller heads have their conclave and come to fisticuffs, here’s a graph of what this clock is supposed to do to the jitter. All I can say is, if they’re right, it looks like they’ve just established a new benchmark.