"A Neat Little Amp"
Musical Fidelity's V-CAN is near legendary in audiophile circles as genuine state-of-the-art headphone amplifier at an unbelievably low price. The new MkII version of the V-CAN has an improved circuit layout with refined power supply regulation, improved output impedance for better load driving, and less differences in level between driving lower and higher impedance headphones. Thanks to these upgrades, the V-CAN MkII boasts improved frequency response and lower distortion figures.
Steve Guttenberg calls the original V-CAN "a neat little amp" in his July 27, 2011 review for CNET.com. "The big drums thundering away on Grizzly Bear's Veckatimest CD demonstrated the amp's ability to deliver deep bass without boom or bloat. Definition and low-end control are well above par."
"One can easily be tempted to play this amp pretty loud, because it has a lively get-up-and-go to it that just encourages unrestrained rock 'n roll listening. It's good at other musical styles, too," notes England's Hi-fi Choice magazine, Issue 334.
Drives Any Headphone with Ease
Most high quality headphones have impedance of around 30 Ohms. However, all headphone amps have an output impedance between 50 and 100 Ohms. "Because of their high output impedance, these amps cannot drive headphones properly," says Musical Fidelity's founder Antony Michaelson. "Any sound they produce through the headphones is necessarily colored, with distortion and non-linear frequency response."
The V-CAN MkII is quite different. Its output impedance is 5 Ohms. This means it will drive any headphone available with ease. It will produce low distortion, ruler-flat frequency response and complete linearity.
Using good quality RCA interconnects, connect the left and right outputs from a CD player or other audio source to the V-CAN MkII, plug in your headphones, power up the V-CAN, and you're ready to go. Two headphone jacks (3.5mm mini-jack and 6.35mm) are available to allow a greater range of headphones to be used without the need of adaptors.
The secret behind the V-CAN MkII's affordability is simple. There's no ridiculous packaging, no fancy-pants chassis, and no attempt to impress you with cosmetics at all. In fact, there is absolutely no wastage on anything, anywhere. The V-CAN MkII is rather like an F1 racing car. It is completely functional with no excess flab. Just an impressively performing engine.