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    MSB M500 Monoblocks

    In all the 25+ years I've been involved in this hobby, I've had amplifiers designed by Dan D'Agostino exclusively except for one short flirtation with Halcro. There was always a meaty weight to the sound his products produced that appealed to me at an emotional level. When I demo'd the MSB Select II DAC and compared it to my beloved dCS stack, I was shocked by how much MSB had accomplished. After 10+ years with dCS, I traded their front end without a second thought. When MSB introduced new Monoblock amps, I had to take the chance that the same stellar engineering carried over to this product. Mike helped make this happen.

    Up until this point in time, the D'Agostino M400's were the most liquid, quiet, detailed amplifiers I ever had in my system. If you want to enjoy this level of audio engineering, talk to Mike as I traded them as part of the deal. Did I make the right choice? It will take 4-6 weeks to find out. Tick, tick, tick.....

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    Re: MSB M500 Monoblocks

    Congrats

    What is the cost of the MSB monos vs the M400's?
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    MSB M500 Monoblocks

    Quote Originally Posted by Cincy2 View Post
    In all the 25+ years I've been involved in this hobby, I've had amplifiers designed by Dan D'Agostino exclusively except for one short flirtation with Halcro. There was always a meaty weight to the sound his products produced that appealed to me at an emotional level. When I demo'd the MSB Select II DAC and compared it to my beloved dCS stack, I was shocked by how much MSB had accomplished. After 10+ years with dCS, I traded their front end without a second thought. When MSB introduced new Monoblock amps, I had to take the chance that the same stellar engineering carried over to this product. Mike helped make this happen.

    Up until this point in time, the D'Agostino M400's were the most liquid, quiet, detailed amplifiers I ever had in my system. If you want to enjoy this level of audio engineering, talk to Mike as I traded them as part of the deal. Did I make the right choice? It will take 4-6 weeks to find out. Tick, tick, tick.....

    Eric
    Congrats Eric. I absolutely love this amp. It has the house sound of the Select II. Just incredible. There will be no second guessing on this one.

    MSB asked me for feedback yesterday, here’s what I wrote them:

    “Thanks for letting us enjoy the S500 for the past week or so. We have had it running non-stop and tested it with the Discrete, Premier, Select II and an assortment of preamps. When combined with any MSB DAC, this amplifier is absolutely one of the best, if not the best, we have ever heard in the store - and we have some amazing amps here with Soulution, Gryphon, Constellation, etc.

    The S500 sounds exactly like the Select II, incredibly natural and musical. The blackest backgrounds we have ever heard, combined with a full rich and never fatiguing sound. This amp is totally worth the asking price and when combined with an MSB DAC, a giant.”
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    Re: MSB M500 Monoblocks

    Mike,
    What is the retail price of the MSB S500 stereo amp?
    Thanks,
    Anshul

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    Re: MSB M500 Monoblocks

    Quote Originally Posted by apdoc2004 View Post
    Mike,
    What is the retail price of the MSB S500 stereo amp?
    Thanks,
    Anshul
    $58,500.


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    Re: MSB M500 Monoblocks

    Wow, that’s a change and believe the right choice given your DAC and Pre Combo.

    I like the synergy of components made by the same manufacturer.

    Look forward to hearing more about your new sound!

    And someone will benefit having those M400’s, like you said they are no slouch!


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    Re: MSB M500 Monoblocks

    Nice, hope to hear the MSB set up someday
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    Re: MSB M500 Monoblocks

    Congrats on the amazing system. Even before the MSB amps :-)

    I'm firm a believer in the system synergy point of view. At least to have the same pre+amp from the same manufacturer.

    Although this hobby is so subjective that many will disagree but, having a system approach takes it the next level; especially with a top level manufacture/designer such as MSB and others.

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    Re: MSB M500 Monoblocks

    Quote Originally Posted by apdoc2004 View Post
    Mike,
    What is the retail price of the MSB S500 stereo amp?
    Thanks,
    Anshul
    The MSRP of the M500 monoblocks that Eric is getting is $118,500. Congrats Eric!

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