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Musical Fidelity V-Link192

Asynchronous 24-bit/192kHz USB to coaxial/optical converter for precise, low-jitter digital audio from your computer

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Our take on the Musical Fidelity V-Link192

by Dave Bar
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The V-Link192 includes balanced XLR digital audio output and LED sample rate indicators that let you verify incoming computer audio sources.

Better sound from your highest-res music files

The original V-Link and V-Link II did a fine job of cleanly transferring music data from your computer's USB output to your favorite outboard DAC (digital-to-analog converter) or home-theater receiver for conversion into beautiful music. But the one thing it couldn't do was handle super high-resolution 176.4kHz and 192kHz music files — the kind that more and more computer audiophiles are downloading these days. Musical Fidelity's V-Link192 directly adresses that issue. It gives you the same pristine digital audio signal that plugs easliy into your DAC or receiver, and adds the ability to support your highest-resolution music. In the bargain, Musical Fdelity also included a fully balanced XLR digital output for an optimal connection to high-end gear and a multi-colored LED array that verifies the incoming sample rate frequency of your music files. Very cool!

Free your music from the whims of your computer

Standard USB outputs from most computers pose a serious limitation to sound quality. That's because while you're trying to listen to music, your PC is busy performing virus scans, data backup, and other background tasks that may take priority over your tunes, causing it to alter the data rate to suit its own needs. Unfortunately, this situation results in timing errors within the digital data stream — known as "jitter" — that adversely affect sound quality. Jitter can make your music sound harsh and edgy, and smear subtle details.

The "asynchronous" USB advantage

The V-Link192 neatly solves this problem by reaching out to your computer through the USB interface, and instructing it to relinquish control of the data stream timing. In its place, the V-Link192 inserts its own separate, or asynchronous, clock to precisely control the timing of the data rate, reducing jitter to the vanishing point. You'll hear a noticable improvement in low-level ambient detail along with a wider, deeper soundstage as your music comes pouring out of a silent background.

The V-Series difference

Musical Fidelity's design philosophy behind the V-Series components is simple — provide the greatest possible bang-for-the-buck in terms of sound quality. Instead of spending large on a fancy, full-sized component chassis (which accounts for much of the cost with high-end gear), they chose to put the money into the V-Link192's insides — where it really counts.

Highlights:

  • converts USB audio output from a computer to unbalanced RCA coaxial or balanced XLR digital for connection to an outboard DAC or home theater receiver
  • accepts up to 192kHz/24-bit sampled audio files for playback of high-resolution music
  • asynchronous USB input for reduced jitter and better sound with computer audio sources
  • short, optimized signal paths and galvanically isolated outputs minimize noise and jitter
  • power, signal lock, and sample rate LED indicators show operating status
  • powered by host computer's USB port (no outboard power supply required)
  • supported operating systems: Apple OS X 10.6.4 and later, Windows XP (SP3), Vista, 7, and Linux Kernel 2.6.33 or later
  • requires USB drivers for Windows operating systems (supplied)
  • USB (Type B) digital audio input
  • S/PDIF output: balanced AES/EBU (XLR) and unbalanced coaxial digital (RCA)
  • output impedance: 50 ohms
  • 3-3/4"W x 1-9/16"H x 6-3/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 
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