Musical Fidelity V-DAC Owners?
Dec 16, 2008 at 12:49 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 882

SunWarrior

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Hi,

When I did a search here for the MF V-DAC, I see little on it, with a thread on the topic from early December locked because of "several posts that violate the Rules/Terms of Use."

So, perhaps a new thread could call up some info, some opinionated opinions, some perspective.

For example, how does the V-DAC compare with the CIAudio DAC?

I know the Musical Fidelity DAC has a USB input, which the CIAudio does not. But my question is more about sound quality, especially with coax.

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Dec 16, 2008 at 1:21 PM Post #2 of 882

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My DAC's so far to date have been as follows.

Stello DA100 Signature, (did I really pay that much for a DAC why?). price £650

Cambridge Audio DacMagic, Great value budget DAC with balanced outputs. price £200

Musical Fidelity V-DAC, Lovely clean punchy highs with a neutral to warm sound, a brilliant sounding super budget DAC that will go down in Head-Fi history as the bargain of the decade at an amazing £150.
 
Dec 16, 2008 at 7:46 PM Post #4 of 882

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Anadin, so you think that the DacMagic is as good as the Stello DA100?

How does the V-Dac compare and have you had the chance to compare these to the Pico?
 
Dec 17, 2008 at 12:12 AM Post #5 of 882

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Musical Fidelity V-DAC, Lovely clean punchy highs with a neutral to warm sound, a brilliant sounding super budget DAC that will go down in Head-Fi history as the bargain of the decade at an amazing £150.


So...you like it then, huh?
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Dec 17, 2008 at 10:31 AM Post #8 of 882

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Cambridge Audio DacMagic, Great value budget DAC with balanced outputs. price £200



What a difference, recomended selling price in Spain, so far I have seen, is 369€!! (220 GBP at the current exchange is more or less 220€)
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Dec 17, 2008 at 6:37 PM Post #9 of 882

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Quote:

Originally Posted by anadin /img/forum/go_quote.gif
Musical Fidelity V-DAC, Lovely clean punchy highs with a neutral to warm sound, a brilliant sounding super budget DAC that will go down in Head-Fi history as the bargain of the decade at an amazing £150.


Be careful that you don't get branded as a fanboy of the V-DAC
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. They said the same of me when I started mentioning the TC-7510, the real bargain of the decade
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Dec 17, 2008 at 6:50 PM Post #10 of 882

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I look forward to getting a V-DAC in my country for $180. I owned MF digital products before, found them ultimately un-involving in the long run. Lacks tonality, somewhat bleached, and something not quite right with PRAT. Judging from the What Hi Fi review, the V DAC appears to have been much improved. Let's see...If it were not for the portability, the Valab DAC also for $180 is adequate for me.
 
Dec 17, 2008 at 11:14 PM Post #11 of 882

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Finally, someone interested in this DAC. I've always enjoyed products from MF, especially there tube stuff. While this is not a tube DAC, it sounds like it may have a lush and tubey sound signature. I'm hoping, since it's high up on my Christmas wish list.

I'll definitely give some impressions after the 25th.
 
Dec 18, 2008 at 8:04 AM Post #12 of 882

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I've had one for a couple of weeks now and its not going anywhere fast, simply put it's a cracking little DAC for the money.

I can't wait to hear other people's impressions.
 
Dec 18, 2008 at 8:17 AM Post #13 of 882

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For completeness, I'll repeat here what I posted in the DACMagic forum:

Audio, the German magazine for Hifi and High-End tested four DAC's between 100 and 400 Euro (Jan. 2009 issue). Among them the CA DacMagic and MF V-DAC. I'll only translate the concluding remarks here: the cheap looks are utterly misleading: the MF V-DAC is buying you true high-end sound for a special price. If you need more connections or a more valuable look, the CA DacMagic offers a firstclass alternative.
CA DacMagic in summary:
POS: unspectacular neutral sounding, allround equipped, NEG: at this price no complaints at all. Excellent: sound 100 (RCA), 105 (balanced).
MF V-DAC in summary:
POS: Enormous sound potential for the money, high-end for understatement fans. NEG: digital connections at front, other connections at rear. Excellent: Sound 110 (RCA only).
 
Dec 18, 2008 at 9:56 AM Post #15 of 882

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I would be interested to know what the other two DAC's where in the test.


Didn't you buy What HiFi? The test was between Musical Fidelity, Cambridge, and Beresford. The V-DAC came last. The CA won by a whisker due to its USB input and balanced out. The Beresford was best value for money.
 

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