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    MSB Select II arrival

    I first heard it a couple of years ago at RMAF. then heard it again more last year at the Newport Show. I went back a couple of times last year. there was something about it's ease and continuousness and hearing into the music, without tubes, that took digital to another level......like the Trinity dac i had only better. more like my vinyl, or tape. it's been in the back of my mind since then. thinking about this LA Show coming up i had been anticipating listening more to it again. and i did. and then i bought one. it will arrive Friday.

    for over 2 years I've been on the hunt for my 'end-game' digital. i had the same digital for 9 years prior to my investigations. I've had lots of fun and it's been a learning experience.

    this MSB Select II has the single power supply and the upgraded Femto 33 clock.

    ........and the USB input. i'll be using it with the SGM, and will get the Ethernet renderer to compare directly to the USB/SGM to see which approach is better when each is optimized.

    I'm excited.

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    Wowwiee Mike , congrats . We are excited too ... To hear how you get on with the Select , in your rig . Enjoy!!!.
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    Great news Mike. My favorite DAC without question. Kudos
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    i didnt like the Select 1 for the money, but the II is a different animal. Its a killer for a killer price.

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    Congratulations, Mike! Now you have digital that does justice to your incredible system!

    You keep making that trip to Seattle more and more appealing

    Let me know if you need help with anything...


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    Wow congrats.
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    Congratulations Mike! I had an extended Sunday morning listening session at Axpona 2017 with the MSB Select II DAC, Universal Transport, MSB monoblocks and YG Sonja 1.2. Hands down the best digital I've ever heard and arguably the best source of any type I've ever heard. Lifelike, natural, effortless and holographic. Everything you could ever want from a source component. I'm so jealous.

    Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lavigne View Post
    I first heard it a couple of years ago at RMAF. then heard it again more last year at the Newport Show. I went back a couple of times last year. there was something about it's ease and continuousness and hearing into the music, without tubes, that took digital to another level......like the Trinity dac i had only better. more like my vinyl, or tape. it's been in the back of my mind since then. thinking about this LA Show coming up i had been anticipating listening more to it again. and i did. and then i bought one. it will arrive Friday.

    for over 2 years I've been on the hunt for my 'end-game' digital. i had the same digital for 9 years prior to my investigations. I've had lots of fun and it's been a learning experience.

    this MSB Select II has the single power supply and the upgraded Femto 33 clock.

    ........and the USB input. i'll be using it with the SGM, and will get the Ethernet renderer to compare directly to the USB/SGM to see which approach is better when each is optimized.

    I'm excited.

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    Congrats. Mine arrives on Thursday. We can compare notes. I am getting the same configuration. Can't wait!

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    Looking forward to have mine too, though I'll have to wait longer.
    My best results ever were achieved with DHCP server in my Music Server and, of course Linux. No switch between PC and the MSB Renderer. DAC direct to PC LAN port. No WiFi control point.
    If, like me, you'll find the Renderer more lifelike. That's with the Diamond. With the Select, who knows...
    Congrats.
    Armsan

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    Bravo, Mike. The Select II is considered one of the great DAC's. Looking for your future posts about it!
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