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    Default Musical Fidelity A1008 integrated amp

    Ok, so I've had this in the rig for a few weeks now.....so I'll post some of my thoughts.

    LOVE IT.

    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.

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    Nice write up........yuk
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    Thanks for sharing - great write up.

    While my A5 doesn't have a tube front end - the sonics are close to what you describe - esp the bass control and soundstaging.

    Is it a 'keeper'?

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    Pics or it didnt happen......
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    Quote Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post
    Pics or it didnt happen......
    What??? No please no pics NO PICS!!!!

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    Can you elaborate some more on the sound. Some reviewers are claiming a slight disconnect between the lower bass and mids. I'm thinking that's more an associated gear issue than the amp itself. You experience any of that ? Does the low end draw too much attention to itself ?

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    Tony, no, that's not my experience....I get a very seamless transition. Off the top of my head, I can only surmise that it's a garbage in-garbage out issue. I would say that the MF is not going to put any band aids on any upstream issues....I don't know, but with the Quads, that's not my experience.

    Again, the only thing I'd nitpick is that the top end lacks some of the open/airy sound that I've had with an all tube rig but with the dramatic improvement in bass and control.....it's a very appealing tradeoff.

    Pics forthcoming...

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    Nice review. Dying to hear this unit. Everything I've read, "everything" is "positive"! And you don't often see that!

    Enjoy!

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    Hey bud! I'm glad you are liking it. You may have forgotten but I have a MF amp in my rig. It's not a Tri-Vista or a KW but for a lowly [on the totem pole of MF gear] amplifier, Wow. It just makes my rig shine. After an easy 40 or so amps in and out of the rig, the MF AC3R "made" the final sound I was looking for. In my initial review, I had stated that it was the "most linear amplifier I had ever heard in my rig". I said that back then and I will state it again today. It's just a wonderful amplifier that pairs well with what other gear/accessories I have in the rig.

    I remember sitting down at your dining room table just chatting the day away with you and TLW and you had mentioned that you had your eyes set on this piece. Enjoy brother. I know I am.....and have.

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    Well, some things don't change. I made this mistake during the initial review. It is an A3cr, not a AC3R. DOH!

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    The MF house sound certainly is addicting.....and certainly musical as their name suggests. A powerful integrated that's musical and has a dac....whats not to like.

    Troy, any further comments on the dac section of this bad boy ?

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    Default The Sound, Absolutely

    I don't care if powered by tube, transistor, or hamsters in rotating cages, most MF amps allow an old Martin D28 to sound like an old Martin D28! 'Nuff said!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TroyD View Post
    Pics forthcoming...

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