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Music Fidelity X-CAN V8 Headphone Amp & X-PSU V8 Power Supply....Like New Condition!

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Hello, I am selling the following items which are in like new condition and have been used less than 25 hours.  The Musical Fidelity components originally sold for approximately $1050.00!  I will not separate the components as this sell is for both components as a set.   My asking price is $575.00 or best offer.  The components will come in their original boxes and the selling price will include shipping and PayPal fees ( I will only accept payment via PayPal to confirmed address).   Shipping will be via insured UPS ground.

 

Also, you can see my 100% Ebay feedback at user shakesphere1

 

Please see Sam Tellig's great review below of the Musical Fidelity headphone amp & power supply below.

 

Thanks!

 

 

Headphone X-CAN V8 Headphone Amp: Originally $550.00
 
MusicalFidelity X-PSU V8 Power Supply: Originally $500.00
 

 

 

"The X-CAN V8 measures 7" W by 3.5" H (including feet) by 9.5" D. The matching, optional X-PSU V8 power supply ($500) is the same size. Fit and finish are to a higher standard than previous X-CAN models.
 
Like the V3, the X-CAN V8 has one pair each of RCA line-level inputs and outputs that simply receive the incoming signal and send it back out, replacing "lost" tape-monitor outs. It would have been better for many users had these line-outs gone through the V8's circuits and volume control. The X-CAN V8 adds a USB input on the rear panel, and a source toggle switch (USB/Line) on the front. And instead of just one, there are now two 1/4" headphone jacks.
 
The Burr-Brown PCM2706 USB interface and DAC engage only when you use the USB input, which is said to work with Windows 98 or later, and Mac OS 9.1 and beyond. I had no problems with OSX 10.3.9.
 
Right from the get-go, with the standard wall-wart power supply, it was obvious to me that the X-CAN V8 is a great advance over the V3. Resolution through the AKGs was extraordinary. I could hear every detail of a recording, whether I was meant to or not, including edits and urban traffic noise (there is no traffic noise at our home). The midrange and high frequencies were exquisite.
 
The AKG's midrange and treble were superb: smooth and sweet, and combined with utter clarity. Most other headphones sound dark and muffled by comparison. Driven b the Musical Fidelity, the AKG's bass had such depth, fullness, and authority that I could scarcely believe I was listening through headphones. My son, who also owns a pair of AKG K701s, at first was almost unnverved by the bass response through the X-CAN V8, wondering if it was for real or an exaggeration. It's no exaggeration, as it can be with certain bass-heavy headphones. It's for real.
 
You'd have to pay tens of thousands of dollars for comparable sound from loudspeakers. But with an X-CAN V8, a great CD player or external DAC, and a great pair of headphones, who needs speakers? Soon, you might not need the CD player or the external DAC, either.
 
Now, about the X-PSU V8 power supply: Earlier X-series supplies won't work with the V8 series, including the X-CAN V8. Is the X-PSU V8 worth the extra $500? Only you can say. On its own, with its supplied wall wart, the X-CAN V8 is a stellar performer. It's easily the finest headphone amplifier I have heard for under $1000 - and it goes for only $550. But maybe you should turn it into an $1050 headphone amp by adding the X-PSU V8 power supply.
 
With the X-PSU V8, the bass tightened up. Dynamics improved slightly. The music emerged from an even more silent background - you know all that business about preamps and power supplies. In addition, the X-PSU V8 gives you an on/off switch, which is handy if you believe, as I do, in turning off equipment - particularly to prolong tube life.
 
Never mind that the X-CAN V8's line outputs simply pass through the input signal. There are two other line-outs: those two 1/4" headphone jacks. Using an adapter - 1/4" headphone jack to twin female RCA plugs - I connected the X-CAN to a Cary 120S tubed power amplifier, which turned the X-CAN V8 into a tubed line stage. Whereupon Antony performed some measurements to determine whether there was any reason I shouldn't do this.
 
As it turns out, there was none - other than a somewhat awkward connection from the front as opposed to the rear panel. CAUTION: Be sure your power amp is off before you make any connections or disconnections and before you turn the X-CAN V8 on and off. The X-CAN has no protection delay circuitry. Be sure its volume control is set to a minimum. This is common sense with any line-stage preamp.
 
I laugh my evil laugh. This headphone amp did a heck of a job. The sound was full, dynamic, and sweet and tubelike way, without cloying. I was enthralled - especially considering the price.
 
Never mind that the X-CAN V8's line outputs simply pass through the input signal. There are two other line-outs: those two 1/4" headphone jacks. Using an adapter - 1/4" headphone jack to twin female RCA plugs - I connected the X-CAN to a Cary 120S tubed power amplifier, which turned the X-CAN V8 into a tubed line stage. Whereupon Antony performed some measurements to determine whether there was any reason I shouldn't do this.
 
As it turns out, there was none - other than a somewhat awkward connection from the front as opposed to the rear panel. CAUTION: Be sure your power amp is off before you make any connections or disconnections and before you turn the X-CAN V8 on and off. The X-CAN has no protection delay circuitry. Be sure its volume control is set to a minimum. This is common sense with any line-stage preamp.
 
I laugh my evil laugh. This headphone amp did a heckuva job...... The sound was full, dynamic, and sweet and tubelike way, without cloying. I was enthralled - especially considering the price."
 

Edited by vinylrecordust - 10/5/13 at 5:41am
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