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commsysman
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MUSICAL FIDELITY M3i

I have 2 homes and have a big all-out system at one house with an Audio Research LS-26 preamp and Bryston 3B-SST2 amp driving Vandersteen 3A speakers and 2W subs; the sound is really excellent there (to die for...lol).

The other house is smaller and I started out with a NAD C356BEE driving PSB Image T6 speakers. On some music the sound is really excellent; just about as good as my other system, but on some music that I know sounds great on my big system, there is just not quite the resolution and detail that I know is there from previous listening. The CD players and turntable etc. are excellent at both places.

I am considering upgrading to the Musical Fidelity M3i, and I am interested in hearing from anyone who has experience with it. I wonder if it will sound significantly better than the NAD I have now, or will I have to spend a lot more money to really get what I want in an integrated amp for this system. This is the best-sounding NAD amp I have ever heard, but I have never had much chance to compare it directly with others.

Power is not a big issue, because the T6 speakers seem quite efficient; I think almost anything from 60W up is plenty, and plus I have a much smaller room here than at the big house (which has a HUGE listening room). The MF M3i is supposed to put out 137W at 4 ohms, which is what the T6s really are, and the NAD rating is sketchy about that (they say 80W+ at 8 or 4 ohms..??)...but anyway the NAD has al the power I need, so certainly the MF has plenty.

I really want to stick with an integrated no more than 5 inches high for this location, because it needs to fit in the rack below my TV here, and a steel brace runs across above and gives me only about 5 1/8 inches for the body of the unit; the front panel can be a bit taller.

If anyone has experience with the current Creek amps or or others in the under- $2000 range that are great performers, I would be interested in an opinion there also.

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Music Fidelity m3i...marvelous!

I received the M3i from Audio Advisor a few days ago, and it is very very impressive; I was NOT 

prepared for this kind of sound quality from a $1500 amplfier. It has excellent bass and the realistic

balance between instruments in a jazz combo or small classical group is stunning; it is so 

listenable and presents such a fine stereo image that it closely approaches the amp and preamp 

at my other home, which cost well over $10,000 currently. I was hoping for a significant improvement

over my old amp; instead I got two orders of magnitude of improvement; wow!

 

This amplifier is a real steal; the best thing I have heard for less than $4000.

For $4500, the Audio Research VSi60 probably sounds a bit better, but it does have less power and

is far too large for the physical space I have available (and besides...I swore off of power tubes years ago...lol).

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