Thanks Rob. Can you explain why you use USB rather than SPDF out of the Mac Mini?
So far as I understand, the only way to get hi res via the Rega DAC is with the converter. The USB on the Rega is only 16 bit, so the USB out from the Mac, through the V-Link to the Rega DAC was the best route.
I am so pleased with the sound of the Mac/Rega that I'm done with that end of the system and now focused on having my Merlin TSM-MXr speakers upgraded to Masters and tweaking other parts of my system.
Happy new year!
I'm using the optical spdif out on my laptop into the Rega. There's a noticeable improvement in the mids compared with going directly USB. In the latter instance, I felt the highs and lows were extended but the mids were left behind. I've thought about getting a vlink but I'm not sure it will add anything at this point except for the extra cable.
I also have a Rega DAC, which I have only used for CD playback thus far. I just purchased a refurbished macbook, however, and am interested in the V-Link. I have a few basic technical questions. Do you just need one coaxial spdif cable, connecting from the converter to the DAC, or do you also need a usb cable FROM the computer and TO the converter? Or does the V-link connect directly to the computer USB port?
Secondly, what are some good cables that FIT with this particular set-up?
Hi robbob, nice review.
Although you should investigate 2 things..
It seems universal that the optical out of the "new" Mac mini is the way to go... If older definitely use the USB.
The optical out of the v-link will give you better sound than the coax. The reps even say so.
Maybe a follow up review?
Hello, I am now embarking on conversion to a computer-based system. Like many, I am going to use a Mac (specifically an older Macbook, circa 2007, but eventually will put it all on a Mac Mini) feeding into a Rega DAC. I'm in the process of uploading everything to Apple Lossless.
Can someone please explain the purpose of the Musical Fidelity V-Link? I was planning to connect the Mac directly to the Rega via optical port with the Wireworld Supernova 6. Why are many people inserting this intermediary step of the V-Link? I've read the threads, but I think I'm missing something fundamental.
Wow-I just saw the orinal post, and it was like I wrote it myself. I have a MacMini (not the latest), Rega Dac, Vlink, Pure Music - even down to the Cardas USB cable!
There is no doubt in mind that the Vlink addition to the USB chain was a huge improvement. Not only are clicks and hesitations completely gone, but the the sound has cleaned up dramatically.
I am using coax from the Vlink, but previous posts will make me listen to optical a little closer.
My only question is whether or not the Vlink II is any better, which is capable of 192?
I just put all my cd's on an HP laptop and connected a V-Link II to it (usb) which is connected to a Benchmark DAC-1 (original) via fiber optic. I haven't tried to do any side by side comparisons but it seems to be noticeably more detailed. I was previously using a Sony DVP 7700 as a transport. Maybe it has cleaned up some jitter or RF noise? Who knows, but it really sounds good. The V-Link II is only 24/96 though. You have to get the V-Link 192 to get 24/192. I'm using an Audible Illusions S120A amp, Audible Illusions L-1 pre-amp, Polk LSI-15 speakers, and plane jane cables/connectors.
Using a similar set up with Mac Air. 1st gen V-Link to V-DAC via TosLink. MBA
to V-Link via Kimber USB. 3 "preferences" to check: System utility
"sound"; Midi Audio & any playback software you are running. In my
case, BitPerfect. Make sure V-Link is identified as output device in all. Maybe
this will help.
Jon - glad that worked.
What connection are you using from your V-Link to the Rega DAC? Recently purchased a genuine glass fiber TOSLINK cable from "Unique Products" . You can find it on Amazon. Price was only $26 and they were very prompt with shipping. Got the tip on this glass TOSLINK from another thread, elsewhere on A'gon. Further up in the thread here, TOSLINK out from V-link is reported to be better than coax. which I had been using. For $26 it might be worth trying.