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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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Brand NameMusical Fidelity
Color NameBlack

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

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 (58 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 7, 2009

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50 of 59 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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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful By MAT.I.AM 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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50 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 28, 2009
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I upgraded my current audio setup. I purchased the V-DAC 2 weeks ago. After about 60 hrs burn-in, I have truly never experienced music on this level. Soundstage, articulation, tight bass, warm acoustics that will melt away everything that has troubled you the moment you sit down and start listening. I have never heard an audio system sound this good. I have a decent upper mid-level audio setup. The years have caught up to it, but after running all of my sources through the V-DAC, my setup now sounds like twenty grand.

This is the smartest and most rewarding purchase I have bought in a longggg time and the most amazing audio purchase I have EVER purchased. When I come home now, the first thing I do is listen to music. No, not just listen, experience it! I'm going through my entire collection. Revisiting songs I never thought much of, but now hearing new sounds, new layers of audio. It's really hard to put into words, but I guarantee that the MF VDAC won't disappoint.

My fiancee thinks I'm silly and doesn't understand my new fascination with my music collection...but I'm loving every minute of it!

**Please note that you MUST burn in the VDAC (run music through it continutally) for AT LEAST 30 hrs. Out of the box, it sounds fine. After feeding it some sound for over 30 hrs though, you will be rewarded with a warm articulated soundstage that doesn't come from any product you can buy over the shelf. Trust me...the VDAC literally transforms into a DAC that will cause you to sit at the edge of your seat and wonder, "So this is the sound that causes the audiophile bug!". Just so you know, I've had this Amazon account for many years and rarely review or comment on products.
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