Ok, so I've had this in the rig for a few weeks now.....so I'll post some of my thoughts.
I've been intrigued by integrated amps for quite some time for a number of reasons. Not the least of which is that I've heard F1's rig on more than a couple of visits and have always been enamored of the MF sound. So when I got serious about going to an integrated for the sake of simplicity, MF was on the short list. That said, I don't quite have the wedge for a KW and the Tri-Vista is not something you so a lot either....so, when I came across the A1008, I was intrigued. Very.
Like the Tri-Vista and the KW500, it has a tube front end, separate power supply and all the bells/whistles to include MM/MC phono stage, USB connectivity (that I haven't used nor am likely to). Asthetically, very similar to the KW...a little smaller and no illuminated feet. Damn.
Sound? Frikkin' awesome. Bass in spades. Detail. Musical.....enter your superlatives at will. The things that grabbed my immediate attention was the bass. Depth and control from the Quads that I really didn't think they were capable of. Second was the rock solid imaging and sound stage. Wide and deep. Overall presentation is more forward than I'm perhaps used to. Highs are extended and clean. I think that they lack the open/airy sound of my previous all tube rig but extension and definition is better. The phono stage is very competent...again, I think it lacks some of the air and sparkle of my Dodd phono stage but the bass is significantly better. On the whole, I prefer listening through the Dodd but I also don't feel unsatisfied listening to the MF phono stage. My only other quibble is the remote. On a unit that cost 5k new....really? Functional, yes but cheap.
If you like the MF house sound, the A1008 delivers in spades and with all the add'l features (phono stage, DAC...) it's a no brainer. Great amp....I can't see this leaving the fold unless I win the lottery.
BTW, I am listening to Mighty Sam McClain with no pants, spanking it like a red ass monkey.