Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista M3 Integrated Amplifiers

4.89/5 (35 Reviews) MSRP : $4995.00


Product Description

  • Power output: 250 watts per channel @ 8 ohms
  • Dual mono power amplifiers
  • Inputs: Five line plus MM phono
  • Full remote control


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    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by RobN a Casual Listener

    Date Reviewed: March 19, 2008

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought this partly on a whim as the various amps (Sugden A21a, Audiolab 8000s, Pioneer A400, Naim 5i) I already used didn't seem able to do full justice to the PMC FB1+ speakers I was using above medium volumes.

    This amp delivers; it has revealed details I had never before heard of instruments' timbral qualities, playing and studio techniques, placement in the mix, cymbal decay, dynamics, etc etc etc. It does this without losing the wholeness of the music .

    What has amazed me most is how this amp reveals variations in presentation and sound reflecting how the music being played has been recorded. It can rock out, be sensual; bombastic and all ponts between. However I have yet to hear it sounding shrill even on CDs where other amps sounded like they were sometimes struggling to resolve sometimes toppy sounds.

    I can understand that people looking for musical thrills may find the amp's lack of indiviual character a let down, though for me it enables me to hear something closer to what was originally recorded than other amps I have used which have tended to impose a character on recordings. In a word transparent.

    Finally it is very powerful, it has never sounded even slightly strained though as yet I have not needed to turn the volume control beyond 11 o-clock.

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    Used product for:   More than 1 year

    Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

    Purchased At:   e-bay



    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by kugs22 a Audio Enthusiast

    Date Reviewed: June 11, 2007

    Bottom Line:   
    I have owned many amps over the years, but this one has me baffled. In auditioning at least five other amps in my present system, I heard pretty much what reviewers reported; I found them each engaging in their own way. Except this amp. I simply could not get enthused. It was way too laid back, uninspiring, and smooth. It was "mailed in perfection," the way some Class D amps sound (although it is not as transparent as a good Class D amp, which I also auditioned, so it doesn't even have that price/performance category nailed). Non-fatiguing? So is my radio! Transient attack was absolutely MIA in the mid to upper treble, leading to a boring, sterile sound without emotional engagement whatsoever, as good as the soundstage, etc. was.

    I sold it on Audiogon to a guy who immediately reported the same conclusions to me (without my input). Basically, pretty, but boring. He had the wherewithal to be able to try different cabling, and he is reporting good results. But for me, something at this price level should be more neutral, and shouldn't require huge investments in cabling. New jumpers and umbilicals for this amp will cost you about another grand. I suppose if it leads to audio nirvana, it isn't so bad - the fellow at Revelation Audio says his umbilicals will transform the amp, and he has a 30 day return policy. He also indicated my observations about the amp were, give or take, his own. As did Frank at Signal Cable. In the end, I decided not to take the leap.

    For this kind of money on the used market, you can buy a nice Melos 200 amp and Audible Illusions L1, or a Marsh 400 and Perreaux preamp (both of which combinations I've had before) and I'm sure there are others - and have, in my opinion, a much better result, both technically and emotionally. Frankly, I much prefer my blue collar NAD 372 to this thing, although, of course, it is not as refined. But it has pace, guts, tonal richness and good lead transients, and can make me dance or cry. The only thing the M3 made we want to do was turn on the TV.

    I am simply reporting what I heard in my system. I was surprised to hear similar comments after my purchase, as outlined above; I think Fremer was very gentle in his review of this amp. I wish those who love it all the best, but I would never recommend this amp to anyone unless they had a the money and time to buy and futz with cables. I have to say I was disappointed. I am not writing to trash others opinions of the amp. I am simply reporting what I heard in my system.

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    Used product for:   1 to 3 months

    Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

    Product model year:   2002

    Price Paid:    $2100.00

    Purchased At:   Audiogon



    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by alexanderferdinand a Audio Enthusiast

    Date Reviewed: March 5, 2007

    Bottom Line:   
    In comparision to my former used AVM A2 it was the power and the richer details.
    Ad Power: its simply an experience, when you listen to a passage, where suddenly there is a little bit more power needed, its simply there.
    And although there is power, theres no lack in drawing the fine details.

    A bit about the rumours about the tubes: MF doesnt own them all. they are out of production, but there is lots of these 6CW4 around.

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    Used product for:   1 to 3 months

    Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

    Product model year:   2002

    Price Paid:    $2500.00

    Purchased At:   Stojic HiFi, Austria



    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Alexander Romanoff a Audio Enthusiast

    Date Reviewed: February 13, 2007

    Bottom Line:   
    Sure, it`s the first week with this item I ought second- hand.
    It showed the AVM A2, what music is.
    Simply the souverenity overall, the possibility to play "Superbass" by Ray Brown AND to hear the violent kicks was new.
    Sure, the AVM is good for its price.
    So the Musical Fidelity is better.

    A little hint for all might be customers in future: The Tubes 6CW4 is still available and not so exclusive, Mr. Michelson wants us to tell.
    But no worry, the originals still working, and for my good sleep, 2 sets of 4 pieces are on their way to my private stock.

    I´m listening Ellington, Patricia Barber, Mingus, etc etc etc

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    Used product for:   Less than 1 month

    Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

    Product model year:   2002

    Price Paid:    $2500.00

    Purchased At:   HiFi Stojic



    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Placidguy a AudioPhile

    Date Reviewed: September 27, 2006

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a big amp with a big soud. At first I was quite dissapointed with the sound considering the price. Untill i replaced the amp jumpers with Kimber Cristal Ag, the 5 pole PSU cable with RevelationAudioLabs cable and replaced the 3 pole PSU cables with Russ Andrews Reference power cords.
    Now the M3 sounds fantastic, so smooth and sublime in the mid range, the bass is deep tunfull and very powerfull. Also the sterio image is much more presice and so wide it almost wraps around the room. The ambient delicasy in the trebble is so sweet now that It now truly sounds like the high end amp that it should do.

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    Used product for:   More than 1 year

    Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

    Product model year:   2000

    Price Paid:    $3000.00

    Purchased At:   Huddersfield hifi




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