"Sweetness and Meatiness" Plus a Built-in Phono Stage
Unlike other gear that may claim to have a balanced design but take short cuts, the Musical Fidelity M6PRE preamplifier is genuinely fully balanced from beginning to end. Many preamps that claim to be balanced are in fact single ended preamps with balanced inputs and balanced outputs. Unlike them, the M6PRE is the real deal. And it includes a high-quality built-in phono stage.
"The M6PRE is basically as good as a preamp can get," Musical Fidelity's Founder and Managing Director Antony Michaelson told Audio Advisor. "Unless you go to something extremely exotic, you can't make a better preamp. You can make something and put it in a bigger chassis, but you can't make something better!"
"Solid and Commanding"
In his joint review of the Musical Fidelity M6PRX power amplifier and M6PRE preamplifier in a November 10, 2011 post for TechRadar.com, Jimmy Hughes reports, "Tonally, the impression is one of neutrality and truthfulness. The music sounds solid and commanding, yet this does not come at the expensive of delicacy or finesse. Bass is very deep and powerful, yet tight and controlled."
"Played as a grouping, the power chord of M6CD, M6PRE, and M6PRX are hard to fault," notes Alan Sircom in the January 10, 2011 issue of The Absolute Sound magazine. "Best used balanced from one end to the other, the trio are unobtrusive, entertaining and a satisfyingly potent combination of sweetness and meatiness."
Designed for High Quality Control of Balanced Sources
The M6PRE has been designed with high quality control of balanced sources in mind. Two fully balanced inputs take care of balanced audio for the best in signal to noise, transient reproduction and dynamic range from balanced sources. The outputs are also balanced, allowing you to connect a balanced-input power amplifier to take advantage of the sonic benefits of a fully balanced system from source to speakers.
The M6PRE consists of two monoblock balanced amplifiers with generously rated power supplies for the absolute best in separation and imaging. Thanks to a low distortion and very quiet design, these stages will deliver all music types exactly as the artist originally intended.
A wide range of connections gives you plenty of capability and flexibility. The M6PRE features two balanced inputs, a phono input, four line inputs (one with home theater bypass), and a digital USB2 input for connecting a desktop or laptop PC and enjoying digital music files to the max. The tape loop makes it convenient to record to tape, CD recorder, computer soundcard analog input, etc.
Built-in Premium Quality Phono Stage
Since the M6PRE is a Musical Fidelity component, it' sno surprise that the phono stage is no mere add on. It's a top-notch design that will reveal an unexpected wealth of detail from your favorite vinyl recordings. In fact, the RIAA equalization values are exactly the same as those of Musical Fidelity's premium kW Phono Stage. It also has a similar RIAA noise ratio to the very best phono stages in the world. Actual technical performance is outstanding.
The phono input can be configured for MM Moving Magnet or MC Moving Coil cartridges via a rear panel switch.
Included with the M6PRE is a full function 'universal' infrared wireless remote control that will also operate other select Musical Fidelity components.
Representing the epitome of Musical Fidelity design, the M6PRE provides superlative technical performance that is among the best in the world. It has excellent signal-to-noise ratio, low distortion, wide bandwidth and dynamic range, with extraordinary resolution and fine detail. It also provides great flexibility, exceptional build quality, beautiful visuals, and tremendous value for the money.
"The M6 combo produces a clean, solid, open and natural sound. The overall presentation is relaxed, yet incisive, with a refined authoritative quality – as though the amplifier was in complete control and completely unfazed by whatever demands might be made by the music."
"Tonally, the impression is one of neutrality and truthfulness. The music sounds solid and commanding, yet this does not come at the expensive of delicacy or finesse. Bass is very deep and powerful, yet tight and controlled."
"The lower frequencies possess weight and a suitably rich sonority, while remaining nimble and articulate. The upper frequencies sound clean and open, with good transient attack, impressive fine detail, but no sense of false brightness or added edge."
- Jimmy Hughes, TechRadar.com, November 10, 2010
"Fully balanced from front to back, the M6PRE runs in class A mode. This makes it warmer than most solid-state preamps, but is designed to give the best possible performance. There's a built in MM/MC phono stage, a USB input and a home theatre by-pass circuit for home cinema fans. It looks almost identical to the M6i too, although the logo – made from surgical steel, apparently – differentiates it from the front. No tone controls (of course) and no headphone socket (MF makes its own headphone amp, so perhaps no great surprise there), but otherwise this is a pretty good, pretty standard preamp."
"Played as a grouping, the power chord of M6CD, M6PRE, and M6PRX are hard to fault. Best used balanced from one end to the other, the trio are unobtrusive, entertaining and a satisfyingly potent combination of sweetness and meatiness. I know that sounds horrid (like lamb cooked in Pepsi) but it works from a fundamentally musical position. Almost any one of these components on its own is good enough to stand alone and act as an introduction to the joys of Musical Fidelity sound, but it's the power amp that shines out as a true world-class product. The sum isn't far greater than the sum of its parts, but with parts like these, it doesn't need to be."
- Alan Sircom, The Absolute Sound magazine, January 10, 2011
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I love my new M6 PRE/PRX system - especially when utilized with the M6CD player. True to everything I have ever read regarding Muscial Fidelity designs, these components excel at delivering a believable soundstage without adding any of their own characteristics to the mix. I suppose you could call me analytical in my approach to music listening - that is what I am. In the balanced input mode from the M6CD player -itself an excellent piece of engineering- each instrument is precisely placed on the soundstage and I can consistently listen at higher volumes than I am used to, since the presentation is so clean with no artificial warmth or odd-order harmonic distortion - not at least that I find distracting. It will be a long time before I upgrade from these components.
|- David E, KY|