Reviews of Attainable Hi-Fi & Home-Theater Equipment

Reviews of Attainable Hi-Fi & Home-Theater Equipment

To Ron Doering,

I enjoyed reading your review of the Musical Fidelity M6i integrated amplifier, and was pleased to learn the power doubles into 4 ohms and again into 2 ohms. I am using the Aerial Acoustics Model 6 speaker, which likes lots of power.

I was wondering if you are also familiar with Musical Fidelity’s M6PRE preamp and M6PRX power amp, and if they offer major sonic advantages over the M6i? I will not be able to compare the integrated and separates.  The company claims the amp produces 260Wpc, and two lab tests I found measured 220Wpc and 230Wpc, but maybe other specs are more important.

Mark Lombardi

Thanks so much. I have not heard the M6 separates, but I don’t think power alone is enough of a differential to make the case for them. Sixty watts simply is not going to be sufficient to make a significant audible difference. However, there are features offered in the M6PRE that are not available in the M6i, including a phono stage (MM/MC) and an additional set of balanced inputs. If these features are important to you then I think the M6 separates become a more compelling option. Good luck! . . . Ron Doering