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Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL Phono Stage

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Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL Phono Stage

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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.


  • 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


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


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


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


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


  • Balanced Mini-XLR
  • RCA 1 pair RCA sockets


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


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


  • 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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Good communication
Tuesday, 3 December 2019  | 

Good seller,fast delivery+++++

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Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL
Tuesday, 23 July 2019  | 

I read with interest the reviews regarding this excellent phone stage and agree it performs superbly regardless of cost. I have used one for about a year or so now however, I have got shot of the wall wart power supply as it was strangling the performance of this great phono stage.I am now using a Mascot Type 2083 12vdc 1.2amp regulated linear power supply available from RS Components, stock number RS400-7005. This makes a huge improvement, more detail and punch, tighter lower bass and a sweeter mid range and all for less than £40. The MX-VYNL 12v plug will have to be swapped over from the wall wart but this is not difficult. I keep the Mascot power supply well away from the MX-VYNL as it has a stonking powerful transformer that can induce hum if to close, 3-4 feet away is a good start, it also gets quite warm which is normal. I am not suggesting you use this power supply but it works great for me. Also to allow balanced operation, Canare supply a balanced tonearm cable with the correct Neutrik Rean 5 pin mini XLR plug to fit the MX-VYNL for around £65.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

mx vinyl
Thursday, 18 July 2019  | 

Exceptional great value and punches well above its price for a Sub £1000 box of many tricks and delivers well in features and extras

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0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

The best phono stage under £1000 I've heard
Wednesday, 27 February 2019  | 

There are so many positive reviews about MX-VYNL. I compared it directly to Avid Pellar and Rega Aria and MX-VYNL is definitely a better sounding amp. Where Pellar is hard in the upper midrange MX-VYNL is beautifully open and natural sounding without loosing attack and dynamics. A winner.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Musical Flexibility!
Monday, 29 October 2018  | 

Upgrading from the respectable, budget Rega Fono Mini A2D stage and the thing i notice the most is the silence around instruments and background. Not to say that the mini Rega was noisy, but it is just that the Mx-Vynl is particularly quiet and this reveals instrumental details and musical nuances previously unheard. The extra detail simply makes it a real pleasure to listen to - some reviews say it sounds warm but i personally think it is more neutral - it seems to disappear so that you feel that you are listening directly to the record. It positions instruments true to the recorded soundstage, so the atmosphere of a Jazz Club or Stadium is faithfully brought to life true to the recording - this is wonderfully rewarding to listen to and delivered in an impressively uncluttered, honest way.
The other reason i bought this is the flexibility in setup options: i have a digital input only Preamp and so the MX-VYNL is connected to the preamp via an Analogue-to-Digital converter (the highly recommended Tascam UH-7000). When initially using conventional RCA interconnects between the MX-VYNL and Tascam, the sound was good, but it improved further when connected with Balanced interconnects (Van Damme Starquad), even though the input to the MX-VYNL from the turntable is conventional unbalanced RCA. The sound just seemed to tidy up even more when using the Balanced outputs on the MX-VYNL - more silent background and cleaner rendition of instruments such as piano and percussion.
In addition, i am running a vintage Shure V15 MM cartridge on an SME arm, and the range of impedance options on the MX-VYNL enabled me to select the high 400pF spec for the Shure without modification, so that makes me very happy.
I also ordered the 12V iFi power supply at the same time, recommended by another reviewer, which i plugged in without comparing to the stock power supply, so cannot comment if this helps in anyway, but it seems like a good option based on the reviews and it works perfectly.
So in summary, i'm really happy - I cannot stop working through my record collection, constantly loving the way it is being revealed and re-presented - it's musical and honest and really quite addictive! This MX-VYNL is proving to be a really well engineered and excellent value piece of kit - highly recommended.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Brilliant performer
Friday, 12 October 2018  | 

Couldn’t ask for better value than this pre amp. Great dynamics, clarity and control. Easy to use with handy features. Well worth the money.

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Value Done Properly
Thursday, 22 March 2018  | 

An excellent phono stage, with balanced operation should you wish. Almost unheard of at this price. Clean, sweet and transparent, and even instruments deep into the mix have body to them. Everything is there.
Build is also generally very good, apart from the se/balanced switch hidden at the back which looks like it came off a cheap transistor radio. That's a nit-pick.
Warmly recommended.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL
Monday, 4 December 2017  | 

I've always been a MF fan so when Analogue Seduction had the MX-VYNL on offer I jumped at the chance to buy this phono stage. My MF integrated has a built in Phono stage which I thought was ok until I fitted the MX-VYNL. It's added detail blew me away and shows the need for a dedicated stage. I've recently rediscovered the joy of vinyl and the MX has increased that enjoyment with records giving detail that wasn't heard before.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

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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