Latest News Musical Fidelity M8xi…We said it was good!

We said it was good…….

When we first heard the Musical Fidelity M8Xi we were more than impressed. Given that this is a $12,000 integrated amplifier I guess that this was to be expected – but that is not always the case.

It appears that we are not alone, the M8Xi has just been named the EISA Hi-END Integrated Amplifier of the Year.

The EISA awards are recognised as the most prestigious awards in our industry. EISA is a unique association of 55 specialist magazines across 29 countries – there is a lot of credibility here!

The M8Xi was an important release for Musical Fidelity – it was the first totally new MF product to be released by the current owners – Audio Tuning based in Austria. This was a VERY impressive debut!

Musical Fidelity has a long history of manufacturing high performance integrated amplifiers, commencing with the A1000 in 1990. The M8Xi is the latest of this breed. Rated at 550 watts/channel it is effectively a separate pre-amp, DAC and two mono-blocks in the same chassis – all with their own power supplies.  This is not only arguably the best integrated amp in the world, it will rival many separate pre-power amplifiers costing considerably more than the $12,000 asking price.

Another product that picked up a gong – in this case the Home Theatre Speaker System of the Year – was the Borea range of speakers from Triangle. We are intrigued with this range simply because despite the fact we have not seen nor heard a Borea speaker the interest level is through the roof. Overseas demand has been so great that Australia has not yet received any stock – at the time of writing the first shipment is due in about two weeks – and most of that has already been sold.

We are waiting with bated breath to see if this range is really as good as everyone thinks – we suspect it will be!

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