Like all great audio products it is endlessly dynamic but this doesn’t only mean that can go loud or soft. Instruments or voices rarely maintain level evenly, but the Vitus copes heroically with no problem. It’s the way it allows each instrument such latitude and freedom of power and expression that remains one of its most captivating charms. But, when I talk about its exceptional abilities I am also talking about getting the small and the very, very small things right. The beauty of note decay or subtle vibrato and the way that such delicacy sits very comfortably next to explosive transients bringing a real feeling of relaxation and once you have confidence in the system’s potential and you know it isn’t going to sound stressed or at its limits, it becomes so very easy to listen to.
Yes, the Vitus MP-201 is a masterpiece product as the name states but it can only work within the limitations of the system it sits at the heart of and this means that its likely destinations are high-end systems, or in other words, expensive systems assembled by those fortunate enough to be able to afford them. You are going to need to make sure that every detail has been thought through. This means from the router onwards. You really need to give the conductor the right tools and there are no short cuts. I have heard so many systems that cost more than a house that failed to deliver anything other than a loud and rather tiring facsimile of music. Brimmed full of the most outrageous detail but totally lacking in soul or humanity. Digital-based music can still be like this. It has always been that way since Digital began to show its (then) ugly face to the world through recordings on vinyl. I read the reviews and rushed out and bought this early stuff and ended up hating it, for years in fact. Early CD too was shockingly bad. But, where we are now is light years away from those days. What hasn’t changed is that realising the potential out of any system includes the painstaking business of considering the infrastructure that surrounds the electronics themselves.
Credit where it’s due. For me the Vitus MP-201 is a brilliant and notable product simply because it is so very emotionally engaging and attractive to listen to. If you are in the market for such a DAC/Pre you would be very wise to give it serious consideration by adding it to your audition list. I doubt you’ll be disappointed.
Type: Single box DAC/Pre
Inputs: USB, S/PDIF-RCA, S/PDIF-XLR with optional RCA and XLR analog inputs
Outputs: 1 × XLR, 1 × RCA
DAC: Master Clock – Vitus module – upgradeable
Sample rate: 792khz
DAC: 4 × AD1955 in mono configuration
Dimensions: 135 × 435 × 430mm (H×W×D)
Finishes: Silver or black
Manufactured by: Vitus Audio