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The Musical fidelity M1 HPA  has be out for some time now , but i cant find a review thread / impressions abut the same .

 

So how does the Musical fidelity compare to other (around ) $900  amps ?

 

a very strong and proved contender is the Burson audio HA-160 , i appreciate direct compression too.

post #2 of 44

Look around, there are several impressions on this amp. I think people dont have alot of interested in it, is because of its high price point.

post #3 of 44
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there has not been comparisons , and only +ve impressions so far.

 

from what i have read here , there is no one who has tried both the MF M1 and Burson HA160

 

thats why i made this thread.

 

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Originally Posted by singh View Post

there has not been comparisons , and only +ve impressions so far.

 

from what i have read here , there is no one who has tried both the MF M1 and Burson HA160

 

thats why i made this thread.


So you will have to get the impressions of the M1 and compare them to the HA160. Some people have heard both, but just haven't posted about it, so you will have to find those people by referring to there setup.

 

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I remember reading a post about a guy who made a comparison, but it was pretty vague. Are you considering to buy one of them? 

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yeah , am eying one of them .

 

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yeah , am eying one of them .


Buy both, leave us an impression, and send back the one you dont like as much (notice how i didn't say hate).

 

post #8 of 44
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Here in india i cant buy them locally , and importing one would cost me $100 each ( free shipping for burson ) and sending them back will again cost me $100 each .

 

add to this the custom charges , 25% ( or more ) each , around 500 .

 

if i had:

650 .....................For Burson HA160

850 +100 .............For M1 (plus shipping )

500 .....................For customs ( both )

100 .....................(returning one )

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2200 ...................Total

 

so if i had 2200 , i would have gone for a B22 or GS-X, not these.

post #9 of 44

Which headphones you own? 

post #10 of 44
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I own , the HE6, HD650, K702.

but am not looking for HE6. 

 

i want something for the other two ( and HD800 / LCD3 / R10 that i might get later on. )

 

as you see different headphones, i want something neutral.

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I own , the HE6, HD650, K702.

but am not looking for HE6. 

 

i want something for the other two ( and HD800 / LCD3 / R10 that i might get later on. )

 

as you see different headphones, i want something neutral.


Im not sure that this will run any of the mentioned.

 

post #12 of 44
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Originally Posted by singh View Post

The Musical fidelity M1 HPA  has be out for some time now , but i cant find a review thread / impressions abut the same .

 

So how does the Musical fidelity compare to other (around ) $900  amps ?

 

a very strong and proved contender is the Burson audio HA-160 , i appreciate direct compression too.



As an ex-owner of both the Burson and the MF, I can say that 90% of the time I preferred the MF - by quite a margin. The Burson could be amazing - but only when it was paired with the right cans and $2k worth of power cables and i/c. The MF is much less fussy and gave a great performance all the time, no matter what source, cable or cans used.

 

The Burson was a curious thing - amazing build quality, huge potential - but unless you spend a fortune on the kit you use with it, it just didnt work out for me. I have never used an amp more sensitive to power cables than this - night and day difference depending on which one used.

 

What cans do you intend to use most of the time? 

 

I'd buy the MF again if i was in that ball park. Just my thoughts, i'm sure plenty will disagree, but it's all subjective isn't it? (I didn't get on with LCD-2's either !)

 

Cheers, Lee

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the thing is , i am very much interested in the HD800, and there is one offer going on with HD800, the M1 and a omega stand.

 

thats why, i was looking for reviews on the M1. 

 

anyways , not that i think my vintage is enough to drive those as well , so i will skip the deal.

 

will buy the Leben (or something similar ) later on .

 

 

post #14 of 44
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As an ex-owner of both the Burson and the MF, I can say that 90% of the time I preferred the MF - by quite a margin. The Burson could be amazing - but only when it was paired with the right cans and $2k worth of power cables and i/c. The MF is much less fussy and gave a great performance all the time, no matter what source, cable or cans used.

 

The Burson was a curious thing - amazing build quality, huge potential - but unless you spend a fortune on the kit you use with it, it just didnt work out for me. I have never used an amp more sensitive to power cables than this - night and day difference depending on which one used.

 

What cans do you intend to use most of the time? 

 

I'd buy the MF again if i was in that ball park. Just my thoughts, i'm sure plenty will disagree, but it's all subjective isn't it? (I didn't get on with LCD-2's either !)

 

Cheers, Lee


 

thanks for the input ( though 2 minutes after i changed my mind :P )

 

Yeah i have heard that the burson are very sensitive to the power cable.

 

whats the M1's sound like, i mean the tonally. some say its neutral , with a touch of warmth, some say its neutral , with a little on the bright side.

 

post #15 of 44
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thanks for the input ( though 2 minutes after i changed my mind :P )

 

Yeah i have heard that the burson are very sensitive to the power cable.

 

whats the M1's sound like, i mean the tonally. some say its neutral , with a touch of warmth, some say its neutral , with a little on the bright side.

 



No worries - always happy to help :)

Neutral with a touch of warmth sums it up better - i never found it bright particularly. I used it to great effect with the HD800.

 

M1 + HD800 + Omega stand was an exact combo I lived happily with for quite some time :)

 

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