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Integrated amps

It is interesting that Stereophile has the ParaSound Halo's in their recommended section for multiple years, but the highly regarded Music Fidelity 6si & 5si are not recommended. Why do you think that is?

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Great Question!

Several years ago, I spent about 3 hours of serious seat-time with the Musical Fidelity M6si, a pair of Paradigm speakers (forget model number but somewhere in the 3 or 4 thousand bucks a pair range), a Marantz CD6005 and Marantz TT-15s1. That is or was a great sounding amp, IMHO! Obviously, many other audiophiles and professional reviewers agreed, as well. I can't recall if Stereophile ever reviewed it. Maybe they didn't? Maybe that's why it doesn't or didn't make the Stereophile recommended list? If they had or have reviewed it, I would think it would have deserved, at least, an honorable mention, especially given its price 3 or 4 years ago which, if I recall correctly, was somewhere around 3 grand or so? I almost bought one, even after doing some serious seat-time with a McIntosh MA5200 and its Luxman competitor on the same day but in another shop, with comparable equipment (e.g. same CD player; Rega P3 with Ortofon Blue and Focal Aria 936), around 20 minutes later. Honestly, there's no way I could have concluded which of those three would have sounded better, to me, unless I could have done a direct A/B comparisons. Of course, this was 3 or 4 years ago. If you're thinking of buying one of those amps, I would encourage you to go out and do some serious listening, if possible, under controlled conditions. I've never heard Parasound stuff but have always been intrigued by them because of reviews and specifications.

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I appreciate your reply. I am

I appreciate your reply. I am sure you are right, that they are all great and I would enjoy either of them. I have listened to the Parasound Halo and it was very good. I told the salesman that A/Bing the Yamaha to the Halo was just low down LOL. At the time I was looking for an integrated amp and I chose a Yamaha AS 701. I think I have gotten the system to the very best I have ever had, and I am enjoying listening for LONG periods of time. (18'x 24' room with 4 Usher S520's, PSB Sub Zero i & small SVS sub, Blue Node 2i). I trust Stereophile for isolating the equipment to check out, & listened to the Ushers based on Robert J. Reinas' review and they just blew me away. BUT, As Pee Wee Herman would say, "everybody as a big butt", I keep thinking about how the Parsound Halo had so much ambiance and placed the instruments/musicians further out in the room. While there is no Musical Fidelity dealer in Fl, I will listen to the Halo again. Although listening today the system is very pleasing and makes me smile.

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Musical Fidelity At Stereophile

Stereophile reviewed the Muical Fidelity M8xi uber integrated in 10/20 instead of the M6si. Can't help but think it would have been well liked. In the end it is best to hear what integrated speaks the best to you and has the features you want to use in yur components.

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I don't know how or even if this might fit into your plans if you are, indeed, in the market to upgrade your Yamaha integrated. However, the McIntosh MA5300 and Simaudio Moon Neo 340 IX are two other outstanding integrated amplifiers that impressed the heck out of me recently! I'm strictly a two channel guy. As such, I have no idea if either or these can be used in a multichannel system. Both are considerably more expensive than the Parasound you heard and the Musical Fidelity M6si. If the MF still intrigues you and there are no shops nearby enough to listen to one, there is always the option of ordering one for in-home trial or demonstration. I don't think shipping weight will be much more than 45 lbs. So, having to return it if it failed to please would not be that much of a hassle.

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