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Don't judge this book by its cover! Inside the V-CAN's plain exterior lies a precision-made headphone amp ready to reveal fresh layers of musical detail and dynamics hidden within your favorite recordings. You'll experience the kind of sound that ordinary headphone jacks on most components just can't match. Feel the solid "thwack" of a tympani as the mallet strikes home, and thrill to the shimmering reverberation of strings and cymbals as they echo off the theater walls. Your music and your headphones will come to life with new energy.


The V-CAN sports high-quality parts designed to bring out the best in your headphones.

The V-Series difference

Instead of spending big bucks on a fancy-looking exterior, Musical Fidelity chose to put all the money into the V-CAN's insides — where it really counts. That means you get the top-notch performance of a component many times its cost for a bargain price. Dual headphone output jacks (one 1/4" and one 1/8") play simultaneously, so you can share your tunes. And the V-CAN's low 5-ohm output impedance allows it to drive any set of 'phones with ease.

Product Highlights:

  • low-distortion headphone amplifier
  • THD: 0.005%
  • frequency response: 20Hz to 80kHz (at +0, -1dB)
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 109dB (A weighted)
  • output impedance: 5 ohms
  • connections:
    • 1 pair line-level RCA stereo audio inputs
    • 1 pair line-level RCA stereo audio outputs
    • full-size 1/4" stereo headphone jack
    • 1/8" stereo mini headphone jack
  • outboard power supply with DC cord included
  • weight: 20 ounces
  • 4-1/16"W x 1-7/16"H x 6"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Why buy a headphone amp?

High-performance headphones need high-quality amplification to perform up to their full potential. If you connect them directly to the headphone jack on your computer, iPod®, or stereo receiver, you may be disappointed. A separate headphone amplifier sends a stronger, cleaner signal to your headphones.

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What's in the box?

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  • Headphone amplifier
  • AC power adapter (with attached 6' DC cord)
  • Instructions

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Overview: The Musical Fidelity V-CAN is a genuine state-of-the-art, high-quality headphone amplifier. The V-CAN headphone amplifier provides a 5-ohm output impedance, very low distortion, and a wide bandwidth. Because the V-CAN has an exceptionally low output impedance, it will drive almost any headphone with ease and improved accuracy. Your music will sound more realistic, with a ruler-flat response, complete linearity, and greater dynamic range.

Note: Most high-quality headphones have impedance of around 30 Ohms. Almost all headphone amps have an output impedance between 50 and 100 Ohms. Because of their high output impedance they cannot drive headphones properly. Any sound they produce through the headphones is colored, with distortion, and non-linear frequency response.

Headphone Outputs: The Musical Fidelity V-CAN headphone amplifier is equipped with a 1/8" (3.5mm) headphone jack and a 1/4" (6.35mm) headphone jack on its front-panel, allowing a wider range of headphones.

Line Input: The Musical Fidelity V-CAN headphone amplifier is equipped with a rear-panel, gold-plated, stereo RCA input for connecting your external audio source. You can connect your receiver's Tape Output to the V-CAN's stereo RCA input, or connect your CD player or other audio source directly to the headphone amplifier's line-level input.

Line Output: If you connect the V-CAN to the Tape Output of your receiver and the Tape Output is still required for a tape recorder or CD burner, then the V-CAN's stereo RCA output can replicate the original Tape Output.

Volume Control: The Musical Fidelity V-CAN headphone amplifier's front-panel volume control knob lets you adjust your headphone's volume to a comfortable listening level.

Blue Power LED: There is a Blue Power LED on the rear-panel of the headphone amplifier to indicate the unit is powered on and ready for use.

Power Requirements: The Musical Fidelity V-CAN headphone amplifier operates off of standard household current (120V AC, 60Hz) using the supplied AC power adapter (12V DC, 500mA). The external power adapter is separate from the headphone amplifier to further improve sound quality.

Note: This product has been designed so that it may be left on indefinitely.


Power: 0.25 watts/channel (into 32-ohms)

Output Devices: 2 per channel

Output Impedance: 5-ohm

Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 80,000 Hz (+0, -1dB)

Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.005% typical (20-20,000 Hz)

Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >109 dB ('A' weighted)

Power Requirements: 12V DC, 500mA

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