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  • True asynchronous USB -> S/PDIF conversion, output is same data stream as input
  • Accepts incoming sample rates from 32-96 kHz, bit depths from 16-24 bits
  • Powered by USB bus
  • Digital outputs: RCA (impedance 75 ohms) or Toslink
  • Jitter as close to zero as possible

Product Specifications

Brand NameMusical Fidelity

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches ; 5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • ASIN: B004PH03GU
  • Item model number: MFVLINK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,394 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 25, 2011

Product Description

The Musical Fidelity V-Link is the missing link in the evolution of your audio system. If you've been suffering from the computer music blahs, wrestling with low-fidelity music, try the V-Link and hear what you've been missing. No, the V-Link isn't a DAC. But it allows your DAC to receive up to a true 24-bit, 96 kHz data stream from your computer so that you can enjoy better-than-CD audio quality. Increasing numbers of music lovers are turning to computer-based audio, which means that the connections are almost certain to be USB. Quality outputs like S/PDIF simply are not available on most computers. With the growing popularity of downloaded music at CD-and-better data rates, computers audiophile quest after higher quality. The V-Link is an asynchronous 24-bit, 96 kHz USB interface designed to bridge the gap between the PC and a high-quality DAC. The theory behind asynchronous USB is that when a computer is transmitting data via USB to another device, the computer determines the data rate parameters. The theoretical consequence of using a standard USB interface is that it is impossible to guarantee accurate data transfer, because the computer will alter the data rate to suit its internal workload. With asynchronous USB, however, the receiving USB controls the computer's data rate. Jitter and data compression just will not happen. The asynchronous USB interface instructs the computer that it has priority on the computer resource allocation, thus guaranteeing a continuous high resolution data stream. The Musical Fidelity V-Link is a 24-bit, 96 kHz asynchronous USB interface with S/PDIF output via either RCA or Toslink. V-Link can be used with virtually any computer USB output. If the data and all the settings on the computer are correct, it will guarantee up to 24-bit, 96 kHz data from your computer, converted it into an extremely low-jitter S/PDIF signal which can be plugged in to any DAC. While there are other relatively inexpensive solutions currently o

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I had to convert my FLAC music to Mp4 to play through iTunes but lossless is the way to go.
SH
I've been sending 24 bit digital audio from my win7 pc to my preamp via 25 feet of toslink for a month and love the solid musicality.
BabyBanger
The sound, using any of the DACs, was not fatiguing and had a broad soundstage, with excellent depth and placement.
P. RAULERSON

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By AudiophileHeadCase on May 11, 2011
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This little, utilitarian black box is an amazing piece!!! Musical Fidelity has a digital audio "hit" on their hands with the V-LINK.

I had been using a decent internal PC sound card in my Dell PC. It was an M-Audio Revolution 5.1 based on the highly regarded VIA "Envy" digital chip set and was used to serve up digital SPDIF signals from my Windows7 PC to a Behringer SRC 2496 external DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter). The sound was good, but I noticed that it wasn't up to par with that which I could achieve with a high quality, low jitter CD transport serving up the very same SPDIF digital signals to the same Behringer DAC.

Plugged the V-LINK into my PC with a high quality USB cable and immediately noticed the change in sound quality. It was absolutely AMAZING! The bass tightened up and the sound was extremely clean and detailed but non-fatiguing. The new "asynchronous USB" technology used in devices like this Musical Fidelity V-LINK serves up digital signals that are virtually jitter-free. It's an amazing bang for the buck.

Perhaps you are one of the few audiophiles who already own a high quality DAC that sports a well designed "asynchronous USB" input port. If so, then you don't have any need for a V-LINK. However, if not, then don't wait... buy this thing and enjoy just how good digital audio served up from a PC can truly sound. You won't even need to use any software drivers for this unit as it doesn't need them.

For the audio novice, please note that if you don't already own a DAC, you'll also need to procure one before you can make use of the V-LINK. Many AV receivers already contain a DAC inside -- just look for the optical Toslink or Coax SPDIF inputs on the back of your receiver. If your amp or receiver doesn't have an internal DAC then you'll need to add one into the audio processing chain. I've heard that the Musical Fidelity V-DAC pairs very nicely with this V-LINK unit.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By P. RAULERSON on March 22, 2011
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What a sweet little piece of kit this is. I have tried it on a Mac Mini (PPC, 2005), a Mac Mini (Intel, 2010), and a PC (HP p6240f with Intel Q8300 Quad Core). All three test platforms worked with no problems and produced some great sound. As a DAC, I used the internal DACS in a NAD T747, a Cambridge Audio DacMagic, and a borrowed Benchmark DAC1.

Playback was from iTunes on the Macs and the PC, Pure Music on the Macs, and Jams River Media Center 15 on the PC. Powered by a NAD T747 Receiver, speakers are Magenan MMGs, and a set of Grado S100 headphones.

The V-Link performed amazingly well with all this equipment, both in terms of sound and in terms of a steady reliable signal without dropouts, with the sole exception of the Power PC Mac. When I selected up-sampled 24/96K output from Pure Music, there were occasional dropouts due to a dearth of processing power. This did not duplicate on the Mac Min with a more powerful processor, nor did it duplicate on the PC.

The sound, using any of the DACs, was not fatiguing and had a broad soundstage, with excellent depth and placement. Horns especially, tended to jump out at you, and sounded very real, while strings sounded natural and unstressed. No screech to them at all. The bass was rich and detailed, with not even a hint of the annoying boomy bass so common in low cost gear.

The best part was no drivers to install - just connect it and play the music. Astonishingly good indeed. I believe this is due to the asynchronous USB implementation, which I absolutely would never have expected to find on a unit at this price.

While it doesn't sound as good to me as a Halide Bridge, and you do have to spend a few dollars on a decent USB cable, at the cost point, I do not think the V-Link has any competition.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen C. on September 5, 2011
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I had been running a $7,700 dual processor Audio Alchemy i2s Bus Digital front end for 10 years and I was extremely happy with with its 5 picoseconds jitter rate which is 800% lower than iLink. That is until I inserted the $169 V-Link USB-S/PDIF Converter between the computer and my Receiver and the quality of my Music playback instantly improved to a level of quality that I had never heard before in my home nor in any of the many high-end Audio shops that I frequent.

There was a subsequent equal if not greater improvement in sound quality from the V-Link which occurred when I purchased a Revelation Audio Labs Prophesy Pure Silver Dual Conduit USB cable for the V-Link which I now use along with an Audioquest Optilink 4 Fused Silica Glass Toslink cable to produce the best quality Music playback I've ever heard in my Audio System to date. The problem I have now is what to do with my old inferior sounding $7,700 i2s Bus Digital processing equipment? Stephen
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By gefski on May 23, 2011
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Really brought my Cambridge DacMagic to life. Vibrant and transparent! Instantly interacted properly with my Toshiba laptop. I'm now experimenting with WireWorld Toslink vs. two different coax cables including Audio Alchemy's Clearstream, which sounds real textural and detailed. A steal at $169!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kenny Kong on December 10, 2011
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For anyone planning on switching from CD players to FLAC or AIFF music files and would not want to spend an arm and a leg, this is the best alternative to test the water. In my opinion, I actually prefer the FLAC files! They are easily accessible, convenient and actually sound better than my old Marantz CD63. But you have to listen yourself to compare your systems! For 100 bucks, its more than worth it!
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