MSB Femto Second Galaxy Clock

A Whole New Level of Clock Performance

Digital audio is all about timing. The further we press the limits of clock precision the better sonic results we experience. We delved into space age technologies and produced a clock of unprecedented accuracy and the sonic results are simply stunning.

It all starts with a crystalline material. Crystals were found to resonate at a precise frequency a hundred years ago. We have since pushed our understanding of crystal oscillation to an exact science. When the right crystalline material is cut exactly the right way, and allowed to resonate at the right temperature, a clock is created with unprecedented accuracy. (97 femtoseconds of jitter is less than a tenth of a picosecond - a new class of clock.)

Conventional specifications and industry buzz words just do not begin to quantify the startling results of our clock research as we move toward a whole new level of performance. Our novel clock design has never before been applied to an audio product. Unique proprietary materials are precisely fabricated in an equally proprietary clock circuit and absolutely temperature controlled in an environment made from an actual space shuttle tile.

The FemtoSecond Galaxy Clock plugs into the clock upgrade header on any DAC IV with an immediate sonic benefit. An excellent DAC clock tends to reveal the true nature of the original music. The DAC IV with the FemtoSecond Galaxy Clock reveals fine, delicate, very dense harmonics that are accurately organized and therefore correctly reveal the true sound of the instruments and voices. The harmonic congestion that translates to harshness and the familiar digital "annoyance factor" is just absent. The music and instruments sound like they are coming from live mic feeds on the best recordings.

The ability to recover the soundstage is closely related to the correct recovery of dense harmonic information. Because of this ability to reveal the finest resolution without any trace of harshness, the soundstage is defined to a degree never heard before. Each recording moves from venue to venue, each instrument takes its focused place in the soundstage. The combination of the dense harmonic recovery and the exceptional soundstage presentation results in a level of "believability" that has to be heard.

The MSB Galaxy Clock has amazing noise performance with a guaranteed jitter measurement at the worse case of just 1 Hz away from the ideal clock frequency of less than 97 femtoseconds (0.097 picoseconds).

Here are the specifications:

Phase Noise at 1 Hz -85 db
Phase Noise at 10 Hz -110 db
Phase Noise at 1 kHz -120 db
Phase Noise at 10 kHz* -150 db
Guaranteed TIE (jitter down to 1 Hz) .097 psec.

* at CMOS output levels (For reference, at normal +13 dB levels the noise would be -170 dB).

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. So forget about measuring clock jitter in picoseconds. MSB has now brought a new reference to the industry.