Performance and Build Quality Outpacing Far More Expensive Rivals
Hold onto your hats and start streaming that digital music. Musical Fidelity is back with a brand new, ultra-high performance version of its bestselling V-DAC compact DAC. Now more than ever, this latest iteration of the V-DAC, known as the V90-DAC, offers the sound and build quality to outpace rivals costing significantly more.
Stunning Technical Performance
The V90-DAC offers stunning technical performance with below 0.00025% distortion at 1 kHz. This remains virtually unchanged at 20 kHz, which is quite an engineering feat, though we expect no less from Musical Fidelity. And the 'A weighted' noise is better than 120 db down. Linearity is maintained down to at least 115 db.
At the heart of the V90-DAC are state-of-the-art DACs and filters of the same types used in expensive products. These components define the performance potential. The purpose of every other part of the DAC is to extract the maximum performance (and from our point of view, cost as little as possible) from these state-of-the-art components.
The V90-DAC is small and compact. This means that it uses less metal and thus saves freight and packaging costs. Its small case houses a small printed circuit board (PCB) saving plenty of cost.
"The amount of componentry on the V90-DAC’s PCB is no different to the heart of any state-of-the-art DAC," says Musical Fidelity founder Antony Michaelson. "It is small because we do not spread the components out to fill up an unnecessarily large PCB area."
USB, Toslink, and Coaxial Connections
The V90-DAC uses a state-of-the-art 32-bit DAC chip. Before that is a 192 kHz asynchronous, re-clocking sample rate converter. This reduces jitter to vanishing levels. Despite its compact size, the V90-DAC offers wide-ranging connectivity. It has two optical inputs, one coaxial S/PDIF input, and one 24-bit, 96 kHz asynchronous USB input. The USB input lets you connect a PC or portable digital device and experience your musical files in a whole new light.
Deserving Good Looks
The V90-DAC matches its excellent sound quality with an exceptional new look for a V-Series component. The high performance electronics of the V90-DAC is housed inside an elegant new case. The front panel and cover are custom-made fine line extrusions. The finish is crystal bead shot blast, fine texture moonstone. The overall fit-and-finish gives the impression of an expensive high-end product.
Ruler-flat Frequency Response
The V90-DAC is the newest generation of the standard-setting value and performance of Musical Fidelity’s acclaimed V Series. The ruler-flat frequency response and excellent stereo separation restore the authenticity that's missing from some digital recordings. Musical Fidelity uses state-of-the-art digital components and implements them with state-of-the-art circuitry and layout.
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|What a great DAC!|
I bought this DAC to replace a defective Cambridge Audio DACMagic, also bought from AA. The CA unit was used to convert television audio and output from a CD player but it stopped working. I am using the new Musical Fidelity unit for the same tasks. Out of the box, the Musical Fidelity unit without burn-in presents smaller in size but with deeper lows and clearer television audio. Used with a Rotel CD player, the difference is immediately apparent. Dynamics, bass speed and definition and soundstage are way better! So perhaps the Cambridge Audio unit might have been defective on arrival, but the Musical Fidelity DAC sounds amazing! Its small, inexpensive,and rocks! Highly recommended.
|- Micahel S, FL|