I have no experience with any of their integrated amps so I cant speak directly to them, but I do have other experience with the Musical Fidelity brand. I use their M6PRX and the M6PRE separates with B&W 804 Diamonds listening primarily to jazz, vocals, and some classical. And I can tell you that, at least with those components, Ive never regretted my investment in Musical Fidelity for an instant. Incidentally, if you are buying new, dont get sucked into paying full retail price. When I bought my pieces, I was able to get a discount on the M6PRE of about 14% and a discount on the M6PRX of about 20%.
Thank you for the response to my post. I appreciate your thaughts on Musical fidelity. I have done some research and found some good reviews and hoped to get a few more users of their products to chime in here. From what you have mentioned and what I have read I think it's safe to say Musical Fidelity would be a safe bet. I have also been looking at Harman Kardons Hk990 Integrated. This thing is a beast.
I use the MF A5 Int amp in my HT system (Yamaha RX-V1800) and love the HT Direct/Bypass feature - so that I can have a HT/2-channel system in the same room.
The A5 is a beast - has gobs of power, but is articulate and neutral sounding.
There is a review on 6moons if you google for it.
The phono section is surprisingly good, too.
I'm in the process of possibly getting a nu vista m3. If I can't get it for a steal of a price, I would give you the contact info and you could try to put together a deal on it. After my ridiculous offer, you might be able to get a good deal on it, as it would sound reasonable after my ludicrous one.
I had A5 pre and pwr a few years back and thought they were great for the money driving Sonus Faber. Dem'd them against the A5 int and much prefered the seperates. Haven't heard the later versions.
Thanks for the heads up on the nu vista m3. I saw your other posting and it seems the m3 had some mixed reviews. I better wait this one out for more opinions.
Started loving Mu-Fi in the late 80's with an A100...Made 3 miles from my home in London.
Tried & loved the X-10d
I have an X-150,X-P200,X-Ray,X-DAC,V-Link,X-PSU,X-10v3 all playing thru Maggie MMGs or ProAc Tablettes with a Rogers sub.
Still have them all!
Great sound AND value for $$;I can afford to feed them !
Lol Clemis! I also have a musical fidelity v-dac ii with upgraded power supply (love it!) and just purchased a musical fidelity a3.2 cd player which I have also been enamored with for the past three days. If my deal goes through with the nu vista m3, my entire front end will be musical fidelity :-)
As other have stated already MF makes quite good amplifiers. I have own an A5 combo (CD player and integrated) for around 3 years and the amp was certainly a good amp. I would certainly recommend it. The nu-vista m3 integrated is much better than the A5 one. However, it is a much older model (m3 models are probably at least 10 old) so it may require service in the near future.
While I do not know how the situation is now, Antony Michaelson use to release new products (while discontinuing whole series) every other year, sometimes (much) sooner. Consequently, I would not advise anybody to pay full retail prices for MF products. Chances are that in 6-12 months the dealer will drop the price by 40% or so trying to get rig of the old model. Because of this the quality/price ration of MF 2nd hand products is very very hard to beat. For those 2nd hand prices, their name, i.e. MF, is their only weakness. IMO of course.
I bought the A-100 2nd hand from a dealer in London.
Since then I married & moved to Montana USA (Lots of dental floss bushes but) NO Mu-Fi dealers or hi-fi dealers of any kind in hundreds of miles.Hence I have never broken the 2nd hand Mu-Fi habit & rely on A-gon & E-bay users to break the stuff in for me!
I don't really approve of the constant model year changes, but fully realize that I have benefited from those of you who just have to own the latest and best!
For me though, the result is musical satisfaction.How do you upgrade that?
The sound is just right, fluid, muscular,totally unfatiguing....sigh.
So , anyone out there dissatisfied with their M1 Clic? Don't worry, I can wait it out in musical bliss.....
Hey clemis, if I ever see my v-dacii again, I'll make you a good deal on it and the Pangea p-100.
Well, it finally happened last January....l bought a NEW Mu-Fi product!
As mvp said, sharp discounts by online dealers struck the M1 clic at just the right time for me to get one for 75% off( $499 !!).
How could I resist?
Very pleased with the streaming experience ( British radio in Montana no less!) Love being able to use my home network to play music.As for the preamp function...I am using it to drive a whole house FM transmitter.
I have sold it for over 6 years. I sold it a lot, people even called me Mister Musical Fidelity. I did MF presentations on audio shows for the distributer for 2 years.
In 1999 I bought the Nu-Vista 300 poweramp. This was at that moment state of the art in sound.
MF is exeptional good in imaging. The overall sound is very involving. The Always use better transformers than competitors. They have a very good drive, control and timing. The only things what is missing is depth. There is depth, but some other brands do this a lot better!
I have always really liked their kW line. Have both their kW line stage and kW phono stage.