I'm surprised ther haven't been any responses - guess I'm the only one!
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Yes, I am !! ...but only for the last 24 hours, my MF 308 power amp just arrived yesterday from an audiogon seller. I have CD Pre-24 and 308 power amp driving VR4Jr speakers. Unfortunately I haven't yet received my new speaker cable and interconnects so am presently listening through old Monster cable that I purchased 15 years ago. Still it has a great level of clarity although the bass will definately tighten up when the PS audio cables arrive from the Audio Advisor (they have great deals on these now - 75% off !) . Once the system is together and I've put a few hours on it, only then will I start playing around with the positioning, spiking, weighting etc.
Main reason I went for MF was because of previous experience; I bought a B200 integrated back in 1989 with a pair of Infinity RS4001 speakers - nothing I listened to at the time had such a smooth liquid sound as the MF, possibly because it operated in class A/AB, though I'm really not sure about this - it certainly ran very hot - can anyone confirm ?
I went for the VS due to the great bass extension for a compact unit in addition to the usual attributes of a mid/high end speaker. I must say you do need a fair bit of power to drive these things though I do have a very large open plan living room. I would suggest minimum 150w if you have a reasonable sized room. feel free to drop me a e-mail. steve
Dlwask - thanks, yes, I looked through those threads earlier and they are mostly focused upon tube amps that pair well with the VSA's and none of them mentioned Musical Fidelity equipment.
Steve999_1 - that's great! congrats on your purchases. Let me know once you get everything set up and what your results are. I just replaced all my Monster Cable with Signal Cable and have been thrilled. I'm still breaking in my VR-1's but this combo is sounding better every week!
I've been playing the VR-1's pretty much non-stop over the weekend and I've got to say that I just couldn't be any happier with this setup. Playing anything off my Rega P5/Rega Exact combo is a joy.
I'm in total agreement with Teeshot, the bass is simply astounding - tight, fast, with not even the slightest hint of boominess. The high end is perfect - not bright at all, well controlled through and through, and the midrange is amazing.
Steve999_1 - how's your system coming along? I'm curious because I've read that the A308 and A300 differ quite a bit in overall sound.
I have a pair of VR-1's on iF Designs custom made stands made specifically for the VR-1's (nothing else in the way of stands comes close to the performance of the iF stands), with a Musical Fidelity X-A2 integrated amp with excellent results.
My front-end is a Teac VRDS cd player and I also have the Von Schweikert VR-S3 subwoofer which I have used before with the VR-1's with great effect but we have recently moved and my new listening room layout will be designed around using only the VR-1's without the sub.
I would like to try the Musical Fidelity X-A200 mono-blocs in this system but they still sell second-hand for silly money here in the UK so that will have to wait.