Musical Fidelity V-DAC D/A processor System

Sidebar 2: System

Digital Source: Marantz CD63 Special Edition and Denon DCD-1650AR CD players, Cambridge Audio DacMagic D/A processor.
Integrated amplifier: LFD Integrated Zero Mk.III.
Headphone amplifier: Musical Fidelity V-CAN.
Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-AD700.
Loudspeakers: Harbeth Compact 7ES3.
Digital cable: Analysis Plus Digital Oval S/PDIF.—Sam Tellig

Musical Fidelity
US distributor: Tempo Sales & Marketing
P.O. Box 541443
Waltham, MA 02454
(617) 314-9296

lreinstein's picture

I am trying to decide whether to purchase a V-DAC or DACMAGIC and would appreciate any comparisons.  


I am not extremely technically savvy.   And, I do not much care about the small difference in price or in physical appearance or features.  What I am interested in is the sound quality for the music I listen to which is mainly classical and jazz.    My source is typically apple lossless formats via either Squeezebox or Airport Express.  THank you for your help.



billmilosz's picture

I own both the original VDAC and the original DACMAGIC. To my ears, they both sound quite good. I feel the VDAC offers a little bit of tube-like sweetness, whereas the DACMAGIC is more neutral. The DACMAGIC has the advantage of balanced outputs as well, which can be useful if you have balanced inputs on your gear.