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Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL Phono Stage

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£699.00   
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Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL Phono Stage

The MX-VYNL is a fully balanced, very high performance phono stage, able to operate with virtually any moving coil or moving magnet cartridge. With both traditional RCA inputs and our unique XLR fully balanced connection the MX-VYNL can be connected to 2 turntables simultaneously.

The MX-VNYL offers a wide range of input impedance settings for moving coil cartridges as well as several capacitance settings for moving magnet units. Unlike many of our competitors units the MX-VYNL allows easy adjustment of these settings while playing. This allows easy experimentation and tuning to find the optimum setting for all your equipment.

The MX-VYNL also includes our renowned RIAA correction that offers extremely accurate results to beyond 80kHz. That may sound extreme, but there is a good deal of information above 20 kHz that needs correction. If it isn’t corrected, it will show itself as ringing and overshoot.

With both extraordinarily low noise and exceptional overload margin the MX-VYNL can comfortably handle even the most demanding of cartridges and satisfy the most discerning of listeners.

Features:

  • Fully balanced XLR and traditional RCA inputs
  • Fully balanced XLR and traditional RCA outputs
  • Fully isolated inputs allow for switching between two turntables at once
  • Adjustable input impedance on MC whilst it is playing
  • Adjustable capacitance on MM whilst it is playing
  • Very wide overload margin
  • Accurate RIAA to beyond 80kHz
  • Incredible noise ratio
  • Low impedance output
  • State of the art SMD technology
  • Beautiful aesthetics and build quality

Output

  • 4 Volts RMS single ended from RCA sockets
  • 8 Volts RMS balanced from XLR sockets

Performance

  • Frequency response: RIAA ±0.1dB IEC ±0.1dB

MM:

  • Channel separation: < -86dB
  • SNR A-wtd: < -101dB
  • THD: < 0.007%
  • XLR input: 5mV / 2.5mV selectable
  • 70mV max (23dB headroom)

MC:

  • Channel separation: < -83dB
  • SNR A-wtd: < -98dB
  • THD: < 0.01%
  • XLR input: 0.8mV / 0.4mV selectable, 12mV max (24dB headroom)

Inputs

  • Balanced Mini-XLR
  • RCA 1 pair RCA sockets

Outputs

  • Balanced XLR male sockets EIA Standard RS-297-A
  • RCA 1 pair RCA sockets

Power

  • Connector: 1.3mm pin DC power jack
  • Outboard power supply: 12V/500mA DC
  • Mains voltages 100-240VAC 50-60Hz universal worldwide supply
  • Consumption < 8 watts

Weight

  • Weight (unpacked / packed): 1.9Kg / 2.4 Kg

Dimensions

  • Width 220 mm (8⅔”)
  • Height (including feet) 53 mm (2”)
  • Depth (front to back) 215 mm (8½”)

Included accessories

  • Mains adaptor
  • Manual
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excellent phono stage which works excellently out of the box and offers a couple of upgrade options
Sunday, 20 December 2015  | 

Musical Fidelity has done good job moving from the previous M1 ViNL to this MX VYNL. For the slightly higher price you get the device which is in another league. While M1 ViNL three years ago won in my systems 5:3 to the Primare phono stage, it has lost 3:5 to the new amp.

What you read below may be specific to my system which has a lot of silver cabling in it. My cables give very precise definition at the very-very top end of the range. The acoustic of my room with the latitudinal positioning of the loudspeakers demands the amplifier to work hard to deliver full bass.

With the M1 whole 'drama' was in the trebles. Cymbals, triangles, xylophone and pizzicatos made the game. Leaving relatively muddy and powerless lower frequencies for support. The delivery was suffering from a kind of audio narcissism – no real power, completeness and integrity, but a lot of lustre in the top-range detailing. The soundstage was well defined, but also very fragile.

MX changed it all. The sound has filled the room. The air started to move. The bass which was low has become also powerful. The bass comes not only through the ears, but through the chest. The stage is filled with real instruments which got boards – not only strings. There is no longer an INDICATION of a contrabass, which one must fill in with his imagination - there is a real (well, nearly...) contrabass. There are bass guitars and a big drum in the room - not just suggestions of them.

There is no loss in the high-range definition, either. More than that, in the combination with overall power and weight of the sound, I can now feel the movement of the air around the instruments, for example the move of the bows even before they touch the strings. There is kind of ‘draft’ in the room which was not imaginable before.

MX benefits all sorts of music and all styles of records. Archive records which sounded ‘thin’ start to sound more real. ‘Dark’ records get details and lightness.

What surprised me in the MX was it’s power supply. Your mobile phone (if you have a modern one) probably has a larger and more solid -socket charger. So I gave MX an upgrade. I tried iFi Micro iPower Supply (around 50 EUR) and I tried sBooster BOTW P&P with SBooster Ultra (around 350 EUR). Both gave MX what it had deserved. All qualities are now just more defined: the definition – better, the bass – deeper, and everything just gets more energy. I highly recommend to use MX with one of these devices. Which one is really the matter of taste, budget and the rest of your setup. I will not be surprised if Musical Fidelity comes with a ‘limited edition’ version, or kind of, which includes a better power source, as it lets this phono stage really shine.

I have not tried the most exciting feature of the MX – the balanced input. For the reason unknown the people from Musical Fidelity did not give it a proper socket. There are no commercially available cables with mini-DIN on the market (at least I ‘ve not found one). I plan to solder one of my MC Silvers into a mini-DIN, but it is a challenge of its own and the risk to ruin 1500+ EUR cable. I hope the result will cost the trouble.

Conclusion: This is an excellent phono stage which works excellently out of the box and offers a couple of upgrade options which lift it to the absolute top.

Audited with: Michelle Gyro SE (modified), SMEIV tonearm, Transfiguration Phoenix S MC Cartridge, Classe CP-500/CA2200 apmlifier, B&W 803 Diamond loudspeakers and Van den Hul MC Silver/ SCS6 cabling. The music was: Mahler Symphonies 5 and 7 (Haitink, Philips); Cassandra Wilson “Coming Forth by Day”; The Best of Diana Krall; Breakfast at Tiffany’s; Thelonious Monk “Brilliant Corners”; Dead Can Dance “The Serpent’s Egg”; Black Sabbath “Paranoid”; Black Sabbath “13”; Deep Purple “Fireball”; Pink Floyd “The Wall”; Robert Plant “Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar” and many more.

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