Musical Fidelity XA-1 Integrated Amplifiers

4.44/5 (18 Reviews)


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Integrated class A/B amplifier 50w/c


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

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2013

Bottom Line:   
The sonic aspects of the XA1 is hard to fault. No it doesn't have the ultimate extension in either extremes but there is something right about its sonic presentation. The midrange is near perfect with its open and transparent nature hinting more highend tube than budget solid state. It's also a little odd to read some reviews suggesting lack of bass because my experience is just the opposite feeling the amp is warm with plenty of punch and low end especially given its relatively conservative 50wpc specs. Although my unit has been in storage for some time now... I recently dusted it off and have been using it in a rather modest setup driving a pair KEF XQ40s and a MF A3.5 CDP as the source. I feel there is nothing really lacking with a lively and open (tube-ish) presentation. It's able to communicate all of the little nuances to draw you into the music. Bottom line... this is a sweet fun little amp that's capable delivering the best of performances.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Gene a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I gave this a try because of great reviews and Musical Fidelity's reputation for great music-making. The sound was clean even at loud volumes. Highs and mids are quite good, but the lack of bass is inexplicable and unsatisfying. It makes the amp sound a tad bright and robs it of it's ability to convey rhythm.

The Audio Refinement Complete is much better, has a remote, and I paid only $100 more at Audiogon.

Sonus Faber Concertinos
Panasonic DVD A-310 (doubles as CD player)
DH Labs interconnects
Analysis Plus speaker cables

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Audio Advisor



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

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2001

Bottom Line:   
As you can read in the reviews a lot of people say the amp is underpowered.
I agree that the 50 Watts the amp can deliver might be a bit low and you will mis that "Punch" in the low/sublow area of the tune your playing.But as for any problem there is a solution... the X-AS100, a 100 watt per channel Dual Mono block.
It might be a bit X-Pensive but its worth every penny!

Anywayzz to get back to the X-A1 it is a very Musical amp and will surprise you everytime you listen to it.
The clarity is amazing,mids very good and the base allways low, the amp really makes you Enjoy the music.
Absolutely a wicked amp!
And they reactions are alway nice because of its strange looks people are always wondering what that strange thing is you have in your living room.

For now i'm just using the X-A1 with B&W DM603 S2 (Henley hsp100 Interconnect with Ixos 613 Super Strand 4mm speaker Cable) and a Denon cd player (The dcd 460)
The CD Player and the speaker cables are going to be out of work soon becuase i'm planning on buying the X-Ray and the X-AS100.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $600.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew Ryod a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 22, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I have auditioned a Variety of AMPs before concluding my choice will be the XA1....Beatifully constructed, extremely stiff chasis, perfect workmanship and excellent look and feel, it was love at first sight. Powered up, linked to a Marantz CD6000OSE and Dynaudio Audience 40. I was literally blown away. SUperby clear highs, smooth and tubey midrange , and strong tight bass....What else can I ask for??


GO give it a try, and prepare to be blown away!!!

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Purchased At:   Audioadvisor



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

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Got this 2nd hand from a dealer at a very good price. After getting home, I immediately plugged in to do some critical listening...what can I say, the hype about musical fidelity is true!!!! Their stuffs are truly musical. Everything juz sounds right. And one thing I noticed, this AMP is very revealing, it will bring out the slightest details in the music and present it to you. Bass is taut, midrange is excellent!!!

One thing to note, the use a good cables is critical to bring out the best from this fellow. I swapped around a few before settling on a set of VDH to do the job.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998




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