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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: 5 pounds
  • ASIN: B001P6FO5E
  • Item model number: MFVDAC2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 7, 2009

Product Description

The V-DAC is a sensational state-of-the-art DAC. By any measurement its performance is way beyond so-called state-of-the-art competition. In fact overall the technical performance of the V-DAC is probably about the best in the world regardless of price. There is no trickery here. It's simply that we use state-of-the-art digital components (these are very expensive) and implement them with state-of-the-art circuitry and layout. The secret is simple; there's no ridiculous packaging, and absolutely no wastage on anything. The V-DAC is rather like an F1 racing car. It is completely funcitonal with no excess flab or wastage anywhere.

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It works great and sounds amazing.
S. Palmer
Changing the power supply does improve sound quality further - most noticeable as deeper and tighter bass, more "solid" images, and stronger dynamics.
Psymon JC
The Music Fidelity V-DAC is beyond unbelievable.
Happydog

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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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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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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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