First of all I had the M3 for a few months and I sold it. I did not sell it because it was not a very good integrated. I sold it because of my speakers (Reimer Wind Rivers. The Reimers are better with tubes than solid state but I already had the M3 when I purchased the Reimers. The M3 is not rated highly in our circles because not many are giving it a chance. If your goal is a high quality solid state integrated, it is a winner. It is somewhat analog in presentation with a firm weighty low end and smooth palpable midrange (not tubelike). It is flexible as all get out with a ton of features that are there should you ever want to use them. I recommend it highly. In fact, I miss my M3. Mate it with the right set of speakers and you will be very happy. By the way, I don't know how it stacks up to high quality seperates since the only seperates I had was a Marsh setup several years ago. But as integrateds go, I believe it is special, particularly at the price they're selling for used. If you get one, let me know how it turns out. I'd be interested in your feedback.
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