I would like to hear from owners of the Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista SACD player about their experiences with their machines. The reason is I've been running into some disturbing news online (most recently Audio Asylum) stating that Mr. Michaelson refuses to back up his product, and evidently, many Tri-Vista SACD owners are being left in the lurch with $6500.00 boat anchors.
As an owner of said machine, I find this very disturbing and--if it is true--inexcusable. Luckily, I haven't had any problems--yet. But, judging from what I'm reading and hearing, I will have problems very soon. If these reports are true then Antony Michaelson is a thief and should be drummed out of business. (And Stereophile should grow a pair and state this fact.) Any audiophile who spends well into the four figures on a SACD player has the right to expect supreme build quality, many years of reliability and a manufacturer who will support that product.
I don't want to hear the lame excuse that audiophile gear is twitchy. That is a cop out. A manufacturer should either back up his product like a man or get the hell out of the business.
I am not a wealthy person who can afford to toss away money by the thousands. I also cannot afford to do a trade in on another expensive machine from an (apparently) unreliable company. I purchased the Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista SACD because I wanted something special, something that would last, something I could take pride in owning. I imagine many other Tri-Vista owners bought for the same reason. I guess the joke is on us.