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Musical Fidelity V-DAC

Stereo digital-to-analog converter

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Our take on the Musical Fidelity V-DAC

by Dave Bar

A little DAC will do wonders for your digital music

DAC is short for digital-to-analog converter, a device that translates digital music files or streams into analog signals that go to your headphones or your amp and speakers. You'll hear a huge difference between the sound you get from a separate hi-fi DAC and the sound of the low-quality DAC (and noisy audio circuitry) built into your computer, video game console, network music player, or other gadget.

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Bring your digital music to life

It may look pretty basic, but don't be fooled: inside the V-DAC's plain sheet-metal exterior lies sophisticated, world-class circuitry that may just change the way you listen to your digital music. This paperback book-sized component lets your computer and audio system make beautiful music together. The V-DAC can accept digital music files from your PC via USB — bypassing your computer's built-in sound card for a far more exciting listening experience. You'll hear layers of musical detail previously obscured by the noisy environment inside your PC — the warm, natural decay of a guitar chord, or reverberations echoing in a concert hall. On your best recordings, each instrument and vocal will stand out clearly and distinctly in its own separate space, allowing you to follow each one note-for-note.

The V-DAC can breathe new life into your old CD or DVD player, as well. Simply connect it to your player's optical or coaxial digital output to bypass the built-in DAC. You'll hear the added depth, clarity, and focus that the V-DAC brings to your treasured CD collection.


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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-DAC'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.


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Highlights:

  • 192kHz/24-bit upsampling DAC
  • 3 digital audio inputs — optical, coaxial, and USB (Type B)
  • line-level stereo RCA audio output
  • built-in driver for USB connection
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 116dB (A weighted)
  • crosstalk: 104db (20-20,000Hz)
  • frequency response: 20-20,000Hz (+0, -0.1dB)
  • THD: 0.004% (20-20,000Hz)
  • total jitter: 170 picoseconds
  • outboard power supply included
  • weight: 12.25 ounces (without power supply)
  • 3-3/4"W x 1-5/8"H x 6-5/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Frequency Response
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20-20,000 Hz
THD
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0.004%
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
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116
Remote Control
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No
USB DAC Number of Bits
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16
USB DAC Maximum Sampling Frequency
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48 kHz
Inputs and Outputs
Total Number of Inputs
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USB
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Type B
Coaxial Digital Input
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1
Optical Digital Inputs
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1
3.5mm Digital Inputs
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None
Other Inputs
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N/A
Stereo RCA Outputs
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1
Coaxial Digital Outputs
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None
Optical Digital Outputs
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None
Headphone Size
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None
Other Outputs
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None
Dimensions
Width (inches)
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3-3/4
Height (inches)
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1-9/16
Depth (inches)
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8-3/8
Warranty
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Digital-Analog-Convertor
  • Instructions

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Features
Specifications

Features

Overview: The Musical Fidelity V-DAC is an external digital-to-analog convertor operating at 24-bits, 192kHz with true up-sampling. The V-DAC has extremely low noise, very low distortion, wide bandwidth, and outstanding linearity. The V-DAC digital-to-analog convertor will make substantial sonic improvements to almost any CD player, computer, or other digital source. Simply connect the V-DAC between your digital audio device (via optical, coaxial, or USB) and your home stereo receiver (via analog stereo RCA).

24-Bit/192kHz DAC: The Musical Fidelity V-DAC features a built-in 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog convertor with up-sampling. The V-DAC provides lower noise, better linearity, a ruler-flat frequency response, excellent stereo separation, ultra-low distortion, and incredibly low jitter compared to most integrated DACs found in today's CD/DVD players, game consoles, computers, and other digital audio sources.

Digital Inputs (optical/coaxial): The Musical Fidelity V-DAC is equipped with a optical and coaxial digital input for connecting your CD player, DVD player, game system, or other digital audio device. The V-DAC's surpasses most digital-to-analog convertors found in your digital audio source device.

USB Port: The Musical Fidelity V-DAC external digital-to-analog convertor features a USB (type-B) port for the connection of your Windows PC or Mac computer, so you can listen to your stored compressed music files with high-quality sound. The V-DAC lets your compressed music files sound like a high-quality CD player.

Note: The V-DAC's USB (type-B) port supports Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, and 7; as well as MAC OS X.

Analog Output: The Musical Fidelity V-DAC is equipped with a gold-plated, stereo RCA output for connecting the device to your home stereo receiver.

LED Indicators: There are 2 LED lights to indicate operating status.

  • Blue LED: There is a Blue Power LED indicates the unit is powered on and ready for use.
  • Green LED: The Green Status LED indicates the presence of a digital signal.

Power Requirements: The Musical Fidelity V-DAC 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 digital-analog-converter to further improve sound quality.

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

Specifications

Up-Sampling: 24-bit/192kHz

Output Impedance: 47 Ohm

Maximum Output: 2.2 Volts

Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz (+0, -0.1dB)

Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.004% @ 20-20kHz

Signal-to-Noise Ratio: -116 dB ("A" weighted)

Crosstalk: -104 dB @ 20-20kHz

Total Jitter: 170 ps (-89 dB)

Power Requirements: 12V DC, 500mA

 
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V-DAC D to A converter

Written By JimC, Lawrence, KS on Monday, July 18, 2011
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I have been using an Arcam BB 50 DAC for many years - recently it failed and I toyed with several options - including a new CD player or get the unit repaired. My transport is still good ( Arcam) and it seemed a waste to get a new CD player, then I saw the V-DAC advertised at Crutchfields' - and at 10% off I am familar with the quality of Musical Fidelity equipment so I looked at some on - line reviews and took the plunge ! I would say thet the clarity, solidity of the sound stage and the separation of voices and instruments is first class. It does take around 15 mins to 'warm up" ( it might be the other components.....) then the sound is very satisfying and you want to go on listening. My taste is quite wide...Pink Floyd, Richard Thompson to Italian Opera (Callas)....all sources are portrayed in a highly satisfying way. Great value. I am now intrigued by the possibilities of the V-PSU ( uprated power supply unit) to upgrade the V-DAC. But even my wife noticed the sonic improvement of the V-DAC. Praise indeed.
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