MF V-link 2, Quad CDP2 and Mac Mini 2011 sample rates query...
by, 03-04-2013 at 02:16 PM (1677 Views)
A while ago I made the happy transition from CD to computer streaming - ripped all my CDs and started downloading. Bliss! Even stopped playing vinyl...bye bye Gyrodec, SME, Koetsu. I was very much aware of the limitations of iTunes, compressed audio files, etc, but felt that Apple was the way to go as I started out with an iPod eight years ago and enjoy Apple products (iPod, iPhone, iPad, etc). Well the latest step was to introduce a Mac Mini in to my hifi world and what a little bundle of joy that has been.
Recently I bought a Musical Fidelity V-link 2 in order to take the digital audio signal from my Mac Mini 2011 via USB to the built in DAC of the Quad CDP2. In my previous set up using the digital optical out from the Mac to the Quad (iTunes or Songbird) the sample rates would be indicated on the Quad up to 96Hz. Now with the V-link inserted in to the chain and output via USB from the Mac the maximum sample rate displayed on the Quad is 48Hz. I have tried adjusting and changing all the audio/sound settings in the Mac without any difference - the Quad still displays a maximum of 48Hz coming from the V-link (using either optical or coaxial). I have also tried using Audirvana, Amarra and Pure media players with the same result - I can only get a maximum sample rate of 48Hz displayed on the Quad.
Does any one ave any ideas about what is going on here?
As an aside to my query I must report that using the V-link produces a dramatic improvement to the sound, irrespective of the my problems of sample rate shown on the Quad.