State-of-the-art performance and state-of-the-art value for money, says Antony Michaelson...

Musical Fidelity’s founder, Antony Michaelson, says that his company recently analysed a number of high-end DACs to see what proportions of the cost were allocated to the electronics, to the chassis (including the front panels) and to the packaging. The conclusion was that the products Musical Fidelity analysed had: ‘at most, five per cent of their cost in the electronic components that defined their performance.’ Michaelson told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine that in his view, hi-fi manufacturers have a duty to give their customers value for money, and that putting just five per cent of the product cost into electronics is not acceptable. ‘We feel that it is wrong for a manufacturer to charge vast prices for products that offer expensive boxes of air (most of it hot!) and almost nothing extra in performance. It is this fervent belief that has driven the development of the V90-DAC,’ he said.

Musical Fidelity says that the V90-DAC uses exactly the same state-of-the-art DACs and filters that are used in expensive products, but houses them on a smaller printed circuit board, which it encases in a smaller chassis. ‘This means that it uses less metal and thus saves freight and packaging costs.’ Said Michaelson. The V90-DAC has coaxial, optical (×2) and USB (24-bit/96kHz asynchronous) inputs. ‘The technical performance of the V90-DAC is on a par with any other DAC at any price,’ said Nigel Macara, of Audio Marketing, which distributes Musical Fidelity in Australia. ‘Jitter is about 12pps, the signal-to-noise ratio is –116dB (‘A’ weighted), linearity is +0.2dB at –116dB, stereo separation is 104dB at 1kHz, the frequency response is ruler flat and distortion measurements all have three zeros before the first significant figure. In other words, the figures are state-of-the-art.

The V90-DAC’s front panel and cover are made from fine line extrusions that have been finished by blasting with crystal beads, which results in a finely textured ‘moonstone’ appearance. Available now, the Musical Fidelity V90 sells for $399 (RRP). ‘The V90-DAC is rather like an F1 racing car,’ Macara told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. ‘There is no unnecessary flab, no excess packaging… no excess anything, anywhere. It is just pure, unadulterated, state-of-the-art performance.

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