Musical Fidelity V-Link USB-S/PDIF converter Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Digital Sources: Ayre Acoustics C-5xeMP universal player; G4 Mac mini running OS10.5.8, iTunes 10, Pure Music 1.74; Shuttle PC with dual-core AMD Athlon processor running Windows 7, Foobar 2000, Adobe Audition 3.0; Esoteric D-07, Benchmark DAC1, dCS Debussy D/A converters; Stello U2, Halide S/PDIF Bridge USB-S/PDIF converters.
Preamplifier: Simaudio Moon Evolution P-8.
Power Amplifiers: Classé CA-M600 monoblocks.
Loudspeakers: Harbeth P3ESR, BBC LS3/5a.
Cables: Digital: Stereovox HXDV & 75 ohm electrical S/PDIF, DH Labs Silver Sonic AES/EBU, AudioQuest Optilink-5, generic TosLink. USB: AudioQuest Coffee. Interconnect (balanced): AudioQuest Wild. Speaker: AudioQuest Wild. AC: PS Audio Lab, manufacturers' own.
Accessories: Celestion Si 24" speaker stands; Target TT-5 equipment racks; Ayre Acoustics Myrtle Blocks; ASC Tube Traps, RPG Abffusor panels; Shunyata Research Dark Field cable elevators; PS Audio Power Plant 300 at 90Hz (preamp), Audio Power Industries 116 Mk.II & PE-1, APC S-15 AC line conditioners (not power amps). AC power comes from two dedicated 20A circuits, each just 6' from the breaker box.—John Atkinson

Musical Fidelity Ltd.
US distributor: Tempo Distribution LLC.
PO Box 541443
Waltham, MA 02454-1443
(617) 314-9227

dtc's picture

The M2Tech Hiface at $150 seems like an obvious comparison. It is also asynch, but goes up to 192 KHz.  Any comparison of it with the V-Link?

MikeMaine's picture

What %age of products reviewed are from non-advertisers?

What %age of other than breathlessly positive reviews come from advertisers?

John Atkinson's picture

"What %age of products reviewed are from non-advertisers?"

The last time I did an analysis, in 2007, 53% of products reviewed in Stereophile were made by companies that didn't advertise (see the second footnote at the linked article). The proportion is not different today, as far as I can tell.