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post #151 of 188

Just to be clear, we're talking bit perfect mode on the DI, not upsampling right?


 

post #152 of 188

Default settings that come with the DI from Audio-gd.  The original owner and I never changed the jumper position so I'm assuming default is "not upsampling".  Also, the PS Audio DLIII is an upsampling DAC so when I fed 24/96 files into the DAC I'd still say the edge went to the DI over the V-link.  V-link probably had 10 hours burn-in which I'm not sure is necessary and the DI had probably a lot more than that between two owners.  Most listening with HE-4.

 

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/dac/USBface/DSP3.JPG

 

 

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Originally Posted by Justin Uthadude View Post

Just to be clear, we're talking bit perfect mode on the DI, not upsampling right?


 



 

post #153 of 188

I have a couple of questions about the V-link that I was wondering if someone

could answer:

 

1.)  Does the digital input signal that goes in, have the same signal

going out?  Ie, 44.1khz in = 44.1khz out?  (Somebody else asked

this question but I never saw an answer).  Or does it always put out

96Khz on the output?  Anyone try it?

 

2.)  Is the Optical "always on"?  In other words, if you stick the V-Link

into the USB for power & then plug in an optical cable, without playing

any sound, direct the end of the optical cable towards your hand & see

if the red light shines on your hand.

 

Thanks!

 

post #154 of 188

no difference between my halide bridge  connected via USB and a Powered USB.

 

 

I Know its not a v-link but thought I Would share.  According to windows 250ma from the port is alll thats needed which shouldnt be too much diff from the v-link. 


Edited by ninjikiran - 5/3/11 at 4:34pm
post #155 of 188
Quote:
Originally Posted by Twitchy_one View Post

I have a couple of questions about the V-link that I was wondering if someone

could answer:

 

1.)  Does the digital input signal that goes in, have the same signal

going out?  Ie, 44.1khz in = 44.1khz out?  (Somebody else asked

this question but I never saw an answer).  Or does it always put out

96Khz on the output?  Anyone try it?

 

Should be under software control. What goes in goes out.

post #156 of 188
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Originally Posted by Justin Uthadude View Post



Should be under software control. What goes in goes out.



Sounds good. I think I might pick one of these up so I can record from

my Macbook to my tabletop TDK cd recorder.  It'll replace my Xitel USB

device, which the driver isn't that good & having a USB to optical that

doesn't have a driver might be a lot more stable.  The other benefits that

it has for high quality sound just gives it more icing on the cake for me.

 

I've been thinking about getting a dedicated DAC which is probably the

only type of stereo equipment I've never owned. lol.  Originally I was

planning on getting a DACMagic, but after reading various threads

here & in other places, it seems the DACMagic has lost its luster.

Plus there is a lot of overlap on the DACMagic that I dont' really need,

which must be jacking up its price (such as 3 different sources &

extra balanced outputs I won't be using).

 

For instance, I saw the MF V-DAC seems to have better/rave reviews

than the DACMagic (on Amazon the DACMagic review is littered with

a review for the V-DAC as well as photos of a V-DAC for some reason..

I don't know why).  I would have dismissed the V-DAC altogether

because it didn't have an optical pass thru like the DACMagic, but

I think the V-LINK can serve that purpose when I need it.

 

I'm aware that V-LINK + V-DAC will cost more than the DACMagic,

but it seems the hardware is more dedicated to making the computer

to headphone sound as perfect as possible for the money.  DACMagic, to

my knowledge, does nothing to the digital signal prior to sending

it out (I guess).

 

Plus it seems the DACMagic must be showing its age.  The wall wart

power supply issue never changed & they don't seem to be offering

anything different for its DAC even though their Azur CD players

seem to be using different DAC hardware at this point.

 

My likely setup will be:  Macbook Pro -> V-Link -> V-Dac -> custom

Headphone tube amp (Shellbrook) for general listening &

Macbook Pro -> V-Link -> TDK for recording purposes.

 

post #157 of 188

 

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Originally Posted by Justin Uthadude View Post

I have discovered some oddities lately. I was re-arranging my ‘office’ at home and moved my gear. Now it’s closer to my desktop computer than where my laptop sits so I plugged it into the desktop for the heck of it. It got better.

 

I had exactly the same experience last week.  I've been running my V-link off of a Toshiba Satellite laptop, and have been (for the most part) satisfied with the performance.  Just for grins I decided to load Foobar onto my wife's Gateway desktop, hook my rig up to it, and see if there was any difference.  I was shocked.  The soundstage opened up considerably, the bass extension increased, and the overall clarity improved.  Logic would tell me that this was some kind of placebo effect, but when I switched back and forth from the desktop to the laptop, there was definitely a difference - no doubt about it.  I know that bits are bits regardless of what computer I'm using, so my main suspicion is the 5 volt USB power source.  I'm guessing that the USB power from the desktop is appreciably cleaner than the laptop's USB power, but that's only a theory.  After all, even the desktop is using a switching power supply (albeit a higher quality one).  I have to admit that I almost regret performing this little experiment, because like all hi-fi junkies, once you hear an improvement in performance, you want to remain at that level.  Using my wife's Gateway as my music server is simply not an option, so I'm considering ways to enhance the performance of my laptop.  One idea is to splice a high quality linear power supply into my USB cable.  I've seen Acopian 5 volt / 1 amp / < 1 mv ripple units on Ebay - used - for under 30 bucks.  I might give that a shot.  In the mean time, if anyone else has any ideas or theories - by all means - throw up a post. 

 


Edited by Okonkwo - 5/14/11 at 8:46am
post #158 of 188

 

Just a quick note. This thread has got away from me quite a lot since my last post.

Thanks for all the great linux sound system info. I played around with using mplayer and piping out in various different formats the V-Link generally played ball. I have to admit I've got lazy in my hatred for Pulse's complexity and just swallow it nowadays.

 

However in all honesty I'm having trouble getting hold of greater than CD quality formats on PC. 7Digital did their Radiohead 24bit FLAC release but I note it actually has the standard CD sampling rate of 44.1. Where do you guys get higher bit digital music? As previously mentioned, all this careful effort to be 24bit 96Khz compatible and I'm not really using it to it's full potential.

 

I'm mostly posting to go over my recent experience with my eeepc and the V-Link.

Due to hardware/motherboard issues with my main rig I leached everything off my little Eeepc 901, KB, trackball, 21" screen and of course my V-Link onwards. (was an octopuses sight to see I swear)

 

The combination of low power operation even when on mains and the 20Gig SSD and far less fan noise (both audible and electrical) made one very sweet smooth difference. It was just so clean and detailed.

The setup was of course almost instantaneous as always.

 

I'm seriously considering setting up a low power under clocked machine with passive cooling and SSD to see what I can squeeze out of a PC like that.

 

I also wanted to touch on a comment far back about "simplicity". Sure having a V-Link + DAC is technically more complex. But that's not what were up to here. Why have a DAC when you have a perfectly good one in your CD player, or sound card. Because we love separates and customising each step to get the highest fidelity we darn well can. the V-Link is an interesting new "separate" stage which isolates the PC interface and allows you to choose to spend your focused money on the PC to Digital interface.  Ok so it's not really meant to be tweaked and there aren't custom replaceable parts like op amps, but it's very position in the audio chain is a fair bit of customization.

 

Though personally I got it for two reasons. It isolates my PC upgrades from needing hifi digital output and the right format (Beyond a need for USB ofc). Secondly it gives my beloved Midiman Flying cow DAC a longer life.

post #159 of 188

i ordered the V-Link yesterday and should have it here by Tues.  since i'm squating at the in-laws looking for a new house house to buy, most of my gear is packed away, but will be able give some impressions with my Benchmark DAC1 (non-USB version).

post #160 of 188

New member here. Just wanted to pop in to give my 2 cents on the V-link vs Hiface (dongle version) since I now own both. For reference, both these devices imo sound better than my Squeezebox Duet through digital out (coax), which in turn sounds better than connecting the computer directly into the USB input of my Simaudio Moon amp. The comparisons are based on playing 16/44,1 flac or wav files. Neither the Squeezebox or USB input of the Moon amp can handle anything higher than 48 khz sample rate.

 

To me there's no question about it; the V-link sounds clearly better than the Hiface and for the first time I'm really enjoying listening to music from my computer! I've had the Hiface for a few months and it does improve things compared to using the USB input on the Simaudio Moon amp, but I couldn't get rid of the feeling that it introduces some problems of its own, the most noticeable being a somewhat “piercing” and unfocused mid/treble, causing fatigue. With the V-link straight out of the box the sound improved noticeably in more or less every area, from bass to treble through to imaging and focus. When feeding the signal to the coax input of my Quad CDP 99 CD-player my ripped music for the first time sounded as good as or even better than the same CD:s played through the CDP:s own transport.

 

So far I’ve used the V-link with Foobar and JRMC on a PC running XP and with Decibel on my MacOSX Snow Leopard machine. The only problems I’ve encountered so far has been that using HOG mode in Decibel causes a lot of spikes and crackles and that it only works with Asio4All in XP. Kernel Streaming or other ASIO drivers don’t seem to work at all with it. Like the Hiface the V-link unfortunately only “reports” the signal as having a sample rate of 48 khz to the DAC, no matter what type of file is actually sent to the device (and DAC). A real con for a neurotic audiophile...:)

 


Edited by Veovis - 6/15/11 at 8:21am
post #161 of 188
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Originally Posted by Veovis View Post
...and that it only works with Asio4All in XP. Kernel Streaming or other ASIO drivers don’t seem to work at all with it.....


I have found the same thing. It works with wasapi on Vista/7, but I had to switch back to ASIO4ALL from KS on my XP machine.

post #162 of 188

Watch out for the forthcoming Stello U3 guys: http://www.aprilmusic.com/main/sub02_03_05.html which is a real asynchronous design (V-Link is doubtfully not). Stello U2 has a price of $350; my guess is U3 will cost about $450.


Edited by tubesound - 6/17/11 at 7:35am
post #163 of 188

2 questions:

 

1. my DAC only supports up to 48kHz/24bit (it will lock up on anything higher).  Can someone verify that  will not upsample everything to 96kHz?  In other words, can it be adjusted in settings/properties?  Also, I'd appreciate it if someone with with a Mac/OSX can verify.

 

2. Musical Fidelity's website now shows the "V-Link II. Anyone seen this?  Any upgrades from the original? http://www.musicalfidelity.com/products/V-Series/V-LINK/v-link.asp

 

 

Thanks!

 

post #164 of 188

Heads up. Since the original has been replaced by the V Link II the price has been reduced to $99.00 by various on line vendors. It is a bargain.

post #165 of 188


 

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Originally Posted by auee View Post

Heads up. Since the original has been replaced by the V Link II the price has been reduced to $99.00 by various on line vendors. It is a bargain.



i paid $150 for my older version last summer from Music Direct - it's now $190.  while i remain skeptical about the "improved" PS, it's definitely less cheesy looking than the older "fiesta" version.  while i'm generally cynical about MF and their constant regurgitation of "new" models every year, the V-Link measured well and subjectively liked in Stereophile compared to much pricier products.  i continue to enjoy my V-Link/Benchmark DAC1 daily and it sounds better than a cheap dvd player as a transport for cd playback via the DAC1.  yes, it's a bargain. 

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