Musical Fidelity V-DAC MKII
- 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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** 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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The V-90 DAC is the upgraded version of this unit I own and bought the original V-DAC in black on Amazon a few years back and it is an excellent unit for the money. Read morePublished 11 months ago by MMH
I use this with a Little Dot MK V and HIFIMAN RE-600s. Sound is phenomenal even after several years of daily use. Would recommend to any audiophile.Published 22 months ago by Jeff
I purchased this assuming this was a 24bit/96kHz DAC. Apparently, though this was 4 years ago. I purchased the V-DAC off of Amazon. Read morePublished 24 months ago by kllngtme
Much of what the poor audiophile buys is going to provide very little sonic differentiation, for the V-DAC MKII that does not apply. Here you can actually hear the difference. Read morePublished on December 19, 2013 by Edison
I bought The Musical Fidelity V-DAC II with the recommended Pyramid PS3KX Regulated Power Supply, and I noticed a big improvement with the Pyramid power Supply. Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by Mr. Sunil A. Sharma
I've been using a Lavry Black DA10 DAC (originally cost about 4 times as much as the v-dac) for about the past 5 years, and short of directly A/Bing that vs. Read morePublished on October 5, 2013 by E. Burke
I love all you folks. Thank you so much. I have been chasing this sound forever (LOL) I am totally FREAKED OUT folks! WOW!!! Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by Monkeymom
I am using it with my imac. I tried both the optical and the USB inputs from a 2008 imac and am feeding its output to a Qinpu A6000 which in turn is driving Cambridge s30 speakers. Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by Petiteface
Holy Crap! I bought this thing just to be able to hook up my laptop to a vintage system - Great sound for the upstairs room. Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by C. Adam