|Musical Fidelity V90 DAC Review|
|Home Theater Preamplifiers Stereo Preamps|
|Written by Andre Marc|
|Monday, 03 February 2014|
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Set Up & Listening
An eclectic mix of music filled out the rest of my V90 listening sessions. Tuareg masters Tinariwen’s Aman Iman: Water is Life, is very well recorded, with a mix of acoustic and electric instruments, and the band’s modal chants and percussion interlocking gracefully. The V90 did a marvelous job painting a seamless, coherent picture of this album. Conversely, the unit did not hide the rather hazy sounding production on Bruce Springsteen’s superb new offering, High Hopes. The album is an interesting mix of covers -- and older, unreleased songs -- and it works. However, the Pro Tools glaze that permeates the recording was not glossed over by the V90.
The astonishing new album by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Give The People What They Want, on the other hand, is an analog-sounding recording, mimicking classic, early soul records. Jones’s vocals have never been stronger, and the horns, and other embellishments, sounded simply breathtaking via the V90. (The 24 bit, 88 Khz download is a real treat.) That an entry-level DAC could provide such a transportive experience with sublime music was yet another reminder that now is truly a great time in the hobby for the entry level. Let’s remember this DAC was dropped into a system costing around $14,000.
Another very well recorded collection is the recent tribute to British folk rock icon John Martyn, Johnny Boy Would Love This. Performers ranging from the Swell Season, Lisa Hannigan, David Gray, Beck, and others provide excellent interpretations of Martyn’s songs. And through the V90, these performances really made me sit up, and demanded my full attention.