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Musical Fidelity V-DAC MKII

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  • The V-DAC MKII has inputs for Coax, Optical and USB
  • Lower noise
  • Ruler flat frequency response
  • Excellent stereo separation
  • Ultra low distortion
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Product Specifications

Brand NameMusical Fidelity
Color NameBlack

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • ASIN: B001P6FO5E
  • Item model number: MFVDAC2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 7, 2009

Product Description

Musical Fidelity V-DAC MkII Classy New Looks and Much Better Sound Now Save $80 for an Even Better Value The new Musical Fidelity V-DAC MkII brings striking sonic and cosmetic upgrades over its predecessor, the original Musical Fidelity V-DAC. A deceptively simple chassis belies the high-grade circuitry inside. Using the same technology as Musical Fidelity's old X-DACv8 ($1500), the new V-DAC MkII is a super low noise DAC with great linearity and ruler-flat frequency response. The new asynchronous USB connection accepts 24/96k and 24-bit/192k via coax for matchless crispness and warmth in your music, while the new silver chassis adds a touch of class to the original design. "...the VDAC is a superb value for the money...For those wanting to bring warmth and detail to an [aging] or budget CD player, this may be just the ticket." - HiFi News V-DAC MkII's excellent stereo separation and ultra-low distortion delivers extremely accurate reproduction. This DAC also has Musical Fidelity's special jitter-reduction circuitry for enhanced sonic reproduction from the source. Digital inputs for coax, optical and asynchronous USB, this DAC can be used in any system with a transport or a computer, and the V-DAC II is a perfect mate to the Wadia iTransport. "I had heard through the grapevine that the V-DAC II was a great sounding DAC, but it actually surpassed my expectations, and then some...I don't see any other product on the market at the $350 price point that is offering asynchronous USB, upsampling to 192 Khz and 24 bits on all inputs, and has the V-DAC II's measurement specs...it would be a steal at double the price, and can only bettered by spending four or five times as much." - Andre Marc, Audio/Video Revolution

Customer Reviews

It works great and sounds amazing.
S. Palmer
I'm playing iTunes, through Pure Music software, to the USB DAC, through a Marantz preamp, McCormack 500 amp, and Wilson Sophias.
M. A. Glenn
The Music Fidelity V-DAC is beyond unbelievable.
Happydog

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Psymon JC on July 1, 2009
I've had the Musical Fidelity V-DAC for just over a week now and put it through it's paces with a variety of rock, pop, jazz and classical music. The V-DAC definitely sounds quite a bit better than my Oppo DVD-980H's analog outputs or the Oppo connected via coaxial digital to my Onkyo TX-SR705. The difference is immediate: much deeper bass, wider and deeper "sound stage", instruments are clearly differentiated whereas before they sounded mixed up, much better tonal differences with voices, stringed instruments, even electronic music. I didn't find the Onkyo or Oppo thin sounding at all (quite the opposite), but the V-DAC sounds significantly richer and more "solid". For the money, I really couldn't be happier - it's a great little device. I also compared the V-DAC to the DAC built into my Marantz SR5300 A/V receiver and again, the V-DAC comes out on top.

** WARNING ** Don't try the following yourself unless you're comfortable experimenting with and modifying electronic components! **
One "tweak" I couldn't resist was to replace the wall mart power supply it comes with with a larger regulated power supply. The one I got came from Amazon at a very low price and I recommend it too: Pyramid PS3 3-Amp 13.8-Volt Power Supply. Changing the power supply does improve sound quality further - most noticeable as deeper and tighter bass, more "solid" images, and stronger dynamics. All of these attributes were already strong points even with the stock power supply. The V-DAC does run cooler too using the bigger power supply, so hopefully that will extend its life.

Even without the above "tweak", the V-DAC sounds just great, and should provide a noticeable improvement for folks who do not already own a high-end DAC or A/V receiver. I hope you have as much fun with the V-DAC.
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39 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Audioholics Synonymous on March 5, 2010
Being a budget stereophile, I was looking forward to improving the sound of my Zone-2 setup, consisting of a pair Mordaunt Short 902i bookshelf speakers on BTech BT-77 stands Rocelco B-Tech Rocelco BT77 Ultragrip Pro Loudspeaker Wall Mount - Pair (Black). These speakers are connected to an Onkyo TX-SR604 a/v receiver Onkyo TX-SR604 7.1 Channel A/V Receiver (Black) and Pioneer DV-610 universal DVD player Pioneer Dv610av-s Silver Multi Region Code Free Hdmi 1080p Upconverting DVD Player with SACD and DVD-Audio Playback.

Background:

I have a very good collection of CDs that are mostly made in the European Union (E.U.). To make the best of my CD collection, I was initially planning on getting a budget CD player under USD500. I had rounded up on two budget CD players - Cambridge Audio 550C & Emotiva ERC-1. I had heard the Emotiva ERC-1 at a friends place and it was too good for the money - USD400. The slot loading mechanism of the Emotiva ERC-1 was a deal breaker for me. I have had bad experiences in the past with slot loading CD players. I especially hate the way they attract dust on the slot opening and they eventually leave soft scratches on the CDs. I w'd have surely bought the Emotiva ERC-1 if only it had a tray loading mechanism. It is otherwise a superbly capable CD player with functions such as a 12V trigger and a whole lot of other great features. Anyone who does not mind slot loading CD player sh'd surely give it a listen.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By bbfla on October 5, 2011
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE ORIGINAL V-DAC -- NOT THE V-DAC MKII.

I am not sure why Amazon moved my review from that product description to this one for the MkII.

I stand by my impressions of the first generation unit, but obviously this may not have much bearing on the MkII version, which I have never heard.

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The Musical Fidelity V-DAC is one of the most consistently-praised budget DACs on the market at the moment.

I really wanted to like it, despite its plain-jane appearance -- a compact black box bearing a large, garish white logo -- and limited functionality.

While I do not possess tens of thousands of dollars worth of high-end audio equipment, I am very sensitive to changes in my listening environment. My prior experience with external DACs is with a Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1, a Chinese DAC that includes a headphone amp and offers a wider ranger of functionality that the Musical Fidelity V-DAC does, as well as a lower pricetag.

I suspect I'll get flamed for saying so, but using the V-DAC resulted in little to no discernible improvement in sound quality in 90% of the configurations I tried. I realize that this puts me in the minority. If you have a V-DAC and love it, I am sincerely happy for you. I'm simply saying that I did not find it to be a cost-effective improvement for my systems. On the positive side, it is compact and reasonably unobtrusive.

I tested the V-DAC first with a Cayin tube headphone amp, paired with both a CD transport and an Airport Express. If anything, the Musical Fidelity imparted a slightly more muted or muffled sound.
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