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post #751 of 875

Ok this is pretty annoying, I've been using a Sony MDS-JE520 MD recorder as a DAC (transport is a Rega Planet 2000) for a few months and decided to 'upgrade' to the V-DAC.

 

I've so far put about 20 hours of music through the MF V-DAC and I have to say that it does not sound as good as the JE520, this maybe down to a lack of burn in time (I'm hoping).

 

The Sony has more richness with male and female vocals, has a clearer, tighter top end although bass delivery is pretty much the same, the comparison was made using an MF XCAN-V3 with a pair of AKG K601's.

 

Surely a £150 24/192 MF product should sound better than £150 20/48 10 year old MD recorder?

 

Has anyone else tried a similar comparison, will the MF better the Sony after burn-in, I sincerely hope so.

post #752 of 875

EvertonMint. It is absolutely fine to not like the V-DAC and I would not want you to wish for it to become better by waiting for it to 'burn in' as it is dubious such exists. My understanding is that the Sony is considered to be a superb product. 

 

Realistically, sell the V-DAC and keep the Sony until you feel the need to try another product.

post #753 of 875

Thanks Prog Rock Man, I suspect that you are right with this, I was initially trying to get hold of a Sony MDS-JB930 to use as a DAC as it has an even better Current Pulse DAC (has legendary status).

 

Maybe I should pursue this avenue again.

 

Having said that the MF DAC does sound pretty good for the money and has the warm sound signature I was looking for, I'll keep playing music through it and see how it goes, if it really does improve with time, I'll post the differences.

 

Cheers,

post #754 of 875

V-Dac does lots of things well, but it's $300 so don't be surprised if you aren't blown away. If you hate the "digital" sound of poorly implemented DAC's, this is the solution in it's price range.


Edited by tim3320070 - 5/9/10 at 1:56pm
post #755 of 875

Just got V-DAC yesterday, nice warm sound, much better than my current udac which used as DAC for AKG K702.

It seems that this DAC brings a little bit of warmness to the cold dry K702 :D

 

When the power is turned on (power supply being plugged to the power socket), there is one "tick" sound from the V-DAC. And the same "tick" sound when the power is turned off.

Is this normal?

post #756 of 875

The tick is more than likely the DAC checking which input is being used on start up.

post #757 of 875

The v-dac is really not that great for pop/hip-hop, electronic, rock, etc..  Where it really shines is with acoustic/jazz, chamber, and symphonic music - basically anything with natural timbres.  It's not going to blow you away with thumping bass lines. (If you are a bass head, STAY AWAY!).  Ones determination of the VDAC's strengths, is totally dependent on one's listening tastes - it can be your best friend or your worst enemy....ie doesn't sound better than a cheap sony md dac. 

 

So, if you're considering the VDAC, think long and hard about your musical tastes before taking the plunge, or not. 

post #758 of 875

Indeed, the V-DAC has a very warm sound signature and does seem to lose some 'breath' around vocals compared to the DAC on a Sony MDS-JE520.

 

However, the V-DAC has a very wide soundstage, so as matsudaman mentions, would probably suit classical rather than pacey dance and rock.

 

For this reason I have returned my V-DAC (within 7 days distance selling etc) for a refund and purchased a second hand Sony MDS-JB930 to use as a DAC, let's just say that the sound difference is somewhat noticeable (about what you would expect from a top end professional piece of Sony kit).

post #759 of 875

 

 

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The v-dac is really not that great for pop/hip-hop, electronic, rock, etc..  Where it really shines is with acoustic/jazz, chamber, and symphonic music - basically anything with natural timbres.  It's not going to blow you away with thumping bass lines. (If you are a bass head, STAY AWAY!).  Ones determination of the VDAC's strengths, is totally dependent on one's listening tastes - it can be your best friend or your worst enemy....ie doesn't sound better than a cheap sony md dac. 

 

So, if you're considering the VDAC, think long and hard about your musical tastes before taking the plunge, or not. 

 

Im thinking of purchasing a V-DAC and I like rock and R&B. Would upgrading the stock ps be able to fix its problems with these genre's?

post #760 of 875

Does it require to be connected to the wall plug if you use the usb input?

post #761 of 875
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Originally Posted by crowley View Post

 

 

 

Im thinking of purchasing a V-DAC and I like rock and R&B. Would upgrading the stock ps be able to fix its problems with these genre's?


I tried this with the Maplin PSU (VN10L), and didn't notice any difference.

post #762 of 875


No.  Upgrading the power suply (which I've done) just enhances what the V-DAC already does quite well.  The soundstage grew wider, the tonality was more fleshed out, and dynamics seemed a bit more (for lack of a better word) dynamic.  If you like rock and R&B, I would not recommend the VDAC.  It will make your music sound too sophisticated and refined - don't think you want that lol. 

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Im thinking of purchasing a V-DAC and I like rock and R&B. Would upgrading the stock ps be able to fix its problems with these genre's?

post #763 of 875

now im confused, Would a zhaolu be better given the genres?

post #764 of 875
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Indeed, the V-DAC has a very warm sound signature and does seem to lose some 'breath' around vocals compared to the DAC on a Sony MDS-JE520.


Exactly the combination that I had been trying.  I ended up using the Sony as I already owned it.  Plus as a bonus it has the connections on the back and the control on the front.  A great design innovation that (are you listening MF?)

post #765 of 875
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Does it require to be connected to the wall plug if you use the usb input?


Yes, it is not designed to be powered by USB alone.

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