So I got my V-Dac...
Finally got the MF V-Dac yesterday. Hooked it up to my Arcam A85 and connected to the laptop and the RS8's are singing to a much better tune than before.
I tested one song quite rigorously yesterday using the J2P > Amp vs. DAC > Amp and the audible difference was very noticable. The speakers perform much better at lower volumes and clarity is much better. While there is a big improvement, I wouldn't say it's monumental, which is probably down to the Amp... I don't think it has that umph I'm looking for after testing it for a few months with the MA RS8's.
Anyway, back to the DAC, for just over £100 I have to say it's a complete steal and much recommended if you listen to music through your PC/laptop.
Would like some advise on a few things however...
1) I am using the SHB interconnects which I picked up for a tenner... would better interconnects make much of a difference to the sound, as I have heard these raved about on here.
2) In terms of the USB connection, I am just using some old lead I found in the drawer. Does this make a difference? I have read differing things here - some day it doesn't and on the Beresford Caiman Website they implied it does, but whether or not this was a sales strategy to sell a more expensive one, I don't know..