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post #31 of 421
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Just looking at the specs as well, the DAC looks disappointing. I wouldn't even consider any DAC that could not convert a 24-96 source at a minimum.
Just curious: What 24-96 sources?

Tim
post #32 of 421
Anyone know what kind of tubes it uses?
post #33 of 421
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Anyone know what kind of tubes it uses?
Is it tube? The web site is short on details, but <.008% THD doesn't sound like tubes. And isn't 1.3 watts a lot of output for a headphone amp?

Tim
post #34 of 421
It's a hybrid - tube input stage, discreet transistor output stage. Also has USB DAC, apparently. No mention on the MF website of what type (other than "triodes") are used. IIRC, previous gen used 12AX7's, so that is a good guess, but was looking for confirmation.
post #35 of 421
The v3 uses 6922/6DJ8/EC88 tubes; not sure about v1 or v2.
post #36 of 421
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Just curious: What 24-96 sources?

Tim
For me that includes digital transcriptions of my vinyl and high resolution downloads from Linn Records.
post #37 of 421
Looks terrible. The design is nothing particularly new or inspired as far as I know. Looks like someone screwed up at MF's market research department, I can't imagine this unit selling better than HeadRoom's microstack.
post #38 of 421
The Musical Fidelity X-Can V1, V2, and V3 all used 6922/6DJ8/ECC88 valves. The V8 uses also the ECC88, see: http://www.musicalfidelity.com/manua...xcanv8_eng.pdf
post #39 of 421

MF V8

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Hi,

I have been struggling to find any information on this upcoming component. I've done several searches here at head-fi and could not find any threads (sorry of there already are). So far, I have just found a news mention at Computer Audiophile | Turn Down The Silence and that is about it.

Would love to get more info on it. The USB input and the changes in input / buffering architecture should make for a very interesting product.

PS: Was wondering what the heck happened to v4, v5, v6 and v7 then decided that MF probably wanted to draw an analogy to a v8 automobile engine...


xcan v8
Hello, I recently bought the V8 and PSU and can tell you that they make for a very fine partnership with my AKG K701 headphones. The Musical Fidelity website now has full info on these products if you want to refer. I've not used the USB connection yet but it's good to know it's there. The V8 also has 2 headphone inputs which is nice. They certainly did think of cars when naming this product but for the most part they didn't use V4 as four is an unlucky number in the Asian culture and conversely eight IS a lucky number!
post #40 of 421
Thanks Miguel! Hmmmm...this is intriguing...think I will drive over to Music Direct when they get them in and check one out
post #41 of 421
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Hello, I recently bought the V8 and PSU and can tell you that they make for a very fine partnership with my AKG K701 headphones. The Musical Fidelity website now has full info on these products if you want to refer. I've not used the USB connection yet but it's good to know it's there. The V8 also has 2 headphone inputs which is nice. They certainly did think of cars when naming this product but for the most part they didn't use V4 as four is an unlucky number in the Asian culture and conversely eight IS a lucky number!
Can you say something about the caractrer of the sound? Do you have anything to compare with? I'm looking for a new amp so i'm interested in this.
post #42 of 421
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Nice to see this thread going strongly I have to admit the looks have grown a bit on me. Now I just think it very different rather than ugly. Perhaps seeing the commonality with the other components in the range is helping on this one.

I see it is for sale in the States for around $500 retail, so that really ought to mean it will come in under the $600 mark in Australia (well at least I hope).

I'm curious about the build quality - the older V3 seemed to me to be quite neat under the bonnet and a very good quality enclosure too.

HINT: Would like to see some high resolution photos, not just of various angles on the exterior, but inside as well

I think I might put this onto my audition list. I'm trying to make my music listening more tinnitus friendly, and I think that means ditching solid state for some more valves somewhere in the chain. MY new Tube Box II phono amp was certainly a nice improvement and easier on the ears, so I'd like to think this V8 amp is very smooth but detailed and very accurate as regards acoustic instrument timbre reproduction.
post #43 of 421
is it my search error, or not even one review yet?
post #44 of 421
Thread Starter 
I haven't seen anything formal and internet based yet - just very early initial impressions from a few early adopters.
post #45 of 421
But no preamp outputs? Pity. Seems a workaround to use hp outputs for preamp.
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