Musical Fidelity M6i Hi-Fi Amp From £2599 to £1499 @ Nintronics
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Musical Fidelity M6i Hi-Fi Amp From £2599 to £1499 @ Nintronics

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Found 26th Mar 2014
£1100 pounds off the original sale price on this exceptional Hi-Fi Amp. Been thinking of starting my Hi-Fi room and had listened to this previously and was impressed. i don't think anything i have found beats this performance for money now..

From its exquisite build and future-proof connectivity to its technical excellence and powerful performance, the M6i is a no-compromise integrated amplifier.

It may be a single-box design, but the M6i is internally engineered as a separate pre-amplifier with two discreet monobloc power amplifiers.

This enables it to deliver a 200 watts-per-channel performance that's exceptional for an integrated amplifier – and which surpasses that of many pre/power amp pairings.

The M6i is a highly flexible design, allowing it to be used in a wide range of systems. In addition to four line-level inputs and one balanced connection, there's a USB socket to suit computer-based audio. There's also a home-theatre throughout option, allowing you to seamlessly integrate the M6i into an AV set-up.

The M6i has the power and technical sophistication to drive any speaker with ease, sounding calm and unruffled as it moves from quiet musical moments to huge dynamic shifts.

As Alan Sircom's review for HiFi+ concludes: "The M6i is in it for the long term; it's an amplifier that will be used by listeners for years and years".

Amplifier

Power output: 200 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms (23dBW)
THD(+ noise): 100dB 'A' - weighted
Frequency Response: +0, –0.1dB, 10Hz to 20 kHz

Inputs

4x Line Level RCA / Phono
1x Line Level XLR Balanced
USB input USB type “B” (square) socket

General

Dimensions - WxHxD (mm): 440 x 125 x 400
Weight (unpacked / packed): 16.6 kg/ 21.3 kg
- stealthx

Review :
hifiplus.com/art…71/
- stealthx

61 Comments

Banned

dont think, buy. This is worth the RRP, at 1500 its phenomenal value

Great sound....
great price....

I have this amp & paid full price for it. Great bit of kit, It also has a built in USB DAC of an OK quality if you didn't know...

Never heard of Musical Fidelity, better off buying a known brand like Alba, Bush or Technika.

Great price and the power on that thing is epic, not sold by the style of it personally though.

Hpi_matrix

Never heard of Musical Fidelity, better off buying a known brand like … Never heard of Musical Fidelity, better off buying a known brand like Alba, Bush or Technika.



Super bit of kit, however it was just a little overpriced to begin with. Certainly worth it at £1500 though (for those willing to spend big on audio equipment of course, I remember those days...).

Totally wish I could justify buying this!

But you can get perfectly reasonable amp for hundred quid .

i got slated for recommending something equally frivolous with big reduction a while back

Very good unit for the price

Hpi_matrix

Never heard of Musical Fidelity, better off buying a known brand like … Never heard of Musical Fidelity, better off buying a known brand like Alba, Bush or Technika.



Philistine

logohigh

But you can get perfectly reasonable amp for hundred quid .


Got a link then?

reakt

Got a link then?



I got a Sansui SAP201 from Superfi for £129. Obviously not up to this level but it has a good inbuilt DAC and good phono stage.

dean_brfc

I got a Sansui SAP201 from Superfi for £129. Obviously not up to this … I got a Sansui SAP201 from Superfi for £129. Obviously not up to this level but it has a good inbuilt DAC and good phono stage.


That was a good deal too but not comparable since it's only 20 watts per channel (which isn't suitable for everyone), whereas the one in this thread is 200 watts per channel. It's like you're comparing a pushbike to a lorry.

Im just waiting for the usual plebs to pile in with similar comments .

i know they wont be cos with your example they can at least in their heads aspire to such machinery on account of not having ti shift their collective **** off the sofa to enjoy it


looks marvelous bit kit , i cant really justify myself i dont think

reakt

That was a good deal too but not comparable since it's only 20 watts per … That was a good deal too but not comparable since it's only 20 watts per channel (which isn't suitable for everyone), whereas the one in this thread is 200 watts per channel. It's like you're comparing a pushbike to a lorry.



Oh no of course, I wouldn't be wishing I could buy one of these if I thought they were comparable. Just trying to add some meat to the comment about being able to buy reasonable amps for around £100.

The Sansui (which does seem like reasonable value for money to be fair) is like comparing a Dacia to a Ferrari. Or Grimsby Town to Bayern Munich.

It's the same thing, but not in the same league.

Heat from me. It ain't cheap, but it is a good price. Totally different things.

Same with most things. The more you spend, the better things get, but the benefits tend to be less noticeable and/or tangible ...
Edited by: "sancheez" 27th Mar 2014

jukkie

I remember those days...



So do I
All my audio equipment is getting on a bit, used to upgrade a component every year.

sancheez

The Sansui (which does seem like reasonable value for money to be fair) … The Sansui (which does seem like reasonable value for money to be fair) is like comparing a Dacia to a Ferrari. Or Grimsby Town to Bayern Munich.It's the same thing, but not in the same league.Heat from me. It ain't cheap, but it is a good price. Totally different things.Same with most things. The more you spend, the better things get, but the benefits tend to be less noticeable and/or tangible ...



This has attracted both heat and envy from me, I'm not meaning to compare to the two, it was in response to a different comment!

However I have to defend it slightly as I think the analogy is off. It's not low-end like the cheap Cambridge Audio stuff that Richer Sounds sell. I should know, that's what I upgrade from! That would be Dacia to Ferrari. This is more Audi to Ferrari. Swansea to Bayern Munich. The Sansui is definitely in the mid-range (competing with Marantz PM6004 etc).

I think the law of diminishing returns is what you are getting at. At the high end of things you might have to pay several times more to get a small percentage in improvement, whereas at the bottom you could pay 50% more but get a significant jump in improvement.

Looks like a great bit of kit. My 1000w amp just doesn't cut it for me anymore, need more oooomph!

Ah, the hi-fi paradox.
Generally, when you're of an age where you can afford a high-end hi-fi your hearing has deteriorated to not be able to appreciate it properly.


(Good deal though, hot!)

I would buy an amp for about a ton and thats my limit.

http://i.imgur.com/PD0KlFu.jpg

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Don't get hung up on Watts, if you have some large drivers then you drive them with very little in the way of power (high quality power is what you want). Good price but I buy second hand and have a separate DAC. If I was to buy new I think the best value is: Teddy Pardo
i80a - Integrated Amplifier teddypardo.com/amp…tml or clearly the alba

Voted Hot since it is a good brand and fine deal for the correct system.

Fail - not Onkyo


Just kidding, Heat added!

ewww that remote..... £1500 and they skimp on that!!

Can't switch on/off using the remote, cold (_;)


jk - voted hot for the deal!
Edited by: "jcooper" 27th Mar 2014

Where do I plug my turntable in?

Certainly powerful enough to keep the Environmental Health Dept busy I would imagine.

hermano2

Where do I plug my turntable in?



lol I suppose you could use the AUX but then where would you put the mini-disc?

Aux would not have enough power...turntable require dedicated sockets/power supply

hermano2

Aux would not have enough power...turntable require dedicated … Aux would not have enough power...turntable require dedicated sockets/power supply



Is there not some kind of adapter/power booster to go between the two you could use? tbh I don't mess/know much about stereo amps.

hermano2

Where do I plug my turntable in?



I think you would need a pre-amp. Something like this:

whathifi.com/rev…a2d

Have a look at ebay as loads of folk are getting rid of HiFi. I got an Exposure X for £107. I coupled it with an HK bluetooth adapter and the sound from my iphone is fantastic!

dean_brfc

That was a good deal too but not comparable since it's only 20 watts per … That was a good deal too but not comparable since it's only 20 watts per channel (which isn't suitable for everyone), whereas the one in this thread is 200 watts per channel. It's like you're comparing a pushbike to a lorry.



The ear hears logarithmically, so the difference in spl between 20 & 200 watt is far less than you would think.
The heating effect on a wire (watts) is a poor measure of an amplifier's capability, but those that think they know have been obsessed by it for years, so makers have to use it.

Even worse a '20 watt' Tripath chip based amp will sound more musical than this MF or any big transistor amp regardless of price, but nearly everyone will trash that statement without using their ears to check it out.
Buy a toy-like Lepai 2020A (under £20 on fleabay), connect it into a classic speaker (an early 70s B&W eighth-wave folded horn for example), & you will hear sound quality that you would not have thought possible. Depth & mid range detail that will have you rethinking what you thought you knew about sound reproduction.
But what do I know? I don't have a vested interest in trying to sell you expensive modern amplifiers (& speakers) that young reviewers imply are somehow better than what has gone before:{

Hpi_matrix

Never heard of Musical Fidelity, better off buying a known brand like … Never heard of Musical Fidelity, better off buying a known brand like Alba, Bush or Technika.



ha ha ha ha ha - funny guy!

I bought a complete fidelity music centre for £60 back in the 70s & it was very poor.(_;)

another hi-fi rule of thumb :
to get the most out of £2.6K amp you will also need £2.6K speakers and a £2.6K cd player oO
(+ modest win on the lottery)

dean_brfc

That was a good deal too but not comparable since it's only 20 watts per … That was a good deal too but not comparable since it's only 20 watts per channel (which isn't suitable for everyone), whereas the one in this thread is 200 watts per channel. It's like you're comparing a pushbike to a lorry.

rawhead

another hi-fi rule of thumb :to get the most out of £2.6K amp you will … another hi-fi rule of thumb :to get the most out of £2.6K amp you will also need £2.6K speakers and a £2.6K cd player oO(+ modest win on the lottery)



Interesting, been looking at one of those t-amps to power some Wharfedale Diamond 9 in the spare room.

Was looking for one with a USB DAC but at that price I might just have to get one and see what it's like.



CDs? Who uses those nowadays. Streaming FLAC files is a way better solution.

The good thing about high end audio is that it tends to hold its price. So yeah, you might spend £2k on speakers but if you look after them you shouldn't take much hit (if any) when it comes to sell them on.

And not to sound rude, but a couple of grand is within reach for a lot of people with a lottery win. Might require a bit of saving but it's not lottery money.
Edited by: "dean_brfc" 27th Mar 2014

I've no doubt this is very good but if I was spending £1.5k on an amp I'd be looking at brands that manufacture in Britain.
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