Digital / Analog Converter Musical Fidelity V-DAC

The musical fidelity V-DAC (270 euro) is recommended in particular for satellite reciever and player with S/P-DIF output via USB, the tester trouble to make differences to the sound card in the PC and Mac had?

  1. Digital / analog converter musical fidelity V-DAC
  2. Data sheet

The musical fidelity V-DAC (270 euro) bears on one side the digital inputs; the opposite cover fixed the RCA analog output. Its port facilities are limited – once USB, a toggle switch switched on S/P-DIF. Options are available optical and coaxial input, which should not be taken. The musical is so transmitted loop converter for a maximum of two digital sources.

He promises to prepare the digital signals finer than the bulk of all CD player and satellite receivers. Via USB, he wants to put the sound card in the PC. By what means wants to create the feat of musical fidelity V-DAC?

The compact volume provides electrically for short distances and parasites little attack surface. In signal processing, the V-DAC pronged: from USB is running the digital signal straight to a self-sufficient USB converter, which is by an own Quartz bars. According to the data sheet, its maximum sampling frequency is at 48 kHz, high-resolution playback is possible only via the S/P-DIF inputs (up to 192 kHz). That learned from the developer a special treatment: the second converter process digital signals up to 192 kHz, 24-bit. Before the data converter, a sample rate converter on the high sampling frequency converts them.

Preferably SAT receiver or player will benefit from the skills of the musical fidelity — is the result of the hearing test. There had the testers effort to make differences to the sound card in the PC and Mac via USB. Via S/P-DIF, sat-receiver and iPod dock sounded pure clear s/he and compressed as about the multi-faceted and emollient musical fidelity.

Dynamically more generously, precise mapping, scored the V-DAC also compared to a DVD player with 96 kHz DVD-audio. The sensation was perfect for CDs: with completely stress-free reproduction, if also tends to be something darker gait, he worked his way into the 57-point region.


+ Accepts up to 192 kHz (S/P-DIF), measured on the price sensational CD and MP3 sound


– Always on the NET; not enough digital inputs; USB only up to 48 kHz

Musical Fidelity V-DAC

Manufacturer Musical Fidelity
Price €270,00
Rating 57.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H T) Height depth 9.5 x 4.0 x 17.0 cm
Weight 0.3 kg
Digital volume control
Analog volume control
Remote control
Display sampling rate
Word width display
Digital effects loop
Maximum sampling rate RCA / AES 192
Maximum sampling rate optical 192
Maximum USB sample rate 48
USB asynchronous mode USB
Adjustable digital filter characteristics
Number filter options 0
Inputs CD player
Digital RCA 1
Digital BNC 0
Digital optical 1
Digital ST 0
Digital AES / EBU 0
Digital DSD
I2S 0
FireWire 0
Output D/A converter
RCA outputs 1
Outputs XLR stereo 0
Outputs headphone 6, 3 mm 0
Outputs headphone 3.5 mm 0
Digital output to RCA
Optical digital output
Digital output other:
Test result
Short conclusion With only three inputs of Spartan equipped converter. USB only up to 48 kHz. sound piek-clean and creative
Sound Absolute top class
Sound points
(maximum 70 points)
Sound points preamplifier
Measured values
(maximum 10 points)
(max. 15 points)
(maximum 10 points)
Overall rating
(max. 120
74 good – very good
Price / performance Very good
tested in issue: 5 / 09