Musical Fidelity A5 CD Players

4.76/5 (17 Reviews) MSRP : $4000.00


Product Description

  • Frequency response: 10Hz to 20kHz +0 / -0.2dB
  • Signal / noise ratio: > 113dB
  • Channel separation: > 105dB 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Digital outputs: 1 optical


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rick Kidd a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2011

Bottom Line:   
The pursuit for a real high quality, high power and musically involving Intergrated Amplifier has ended for me,and the winner is the Musical Fidelity A5. Mind you this is not just another star struck OMG this is my first piece of Hi-fi product reviews. Over the last 10+ years or so I have owned the following Intergrated amps to drive my 2 Channel listening system. NAD 372, Cambridge 840A, Plinius 9100 and Anthem 225, all these being well respected and regarded products at the < 2k price point. But then I happend to stuble upon the deal of a lifetime..a very gently used, might as well call it Mint Condition Musical Fidelity A5 intergrated List price $2500 and lets just say I paid more than 50% offAt 250 watts x2 @ 8 ohms this things is a beast and drives my Magnepan 1.7 and never breaks a sweat or a Pair of B&W 683 i also still own. More important than the shear wieght and power it delivers, is the completely detailed and vivid sound stage presentation it provides. Open, Airy, Midrange is nothing but RIGHT! deep bass response and quick control. It makes me wish I would have just spent 1k more over my budget 5 years ago. The MF A5 what a champion !

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2007



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by The Rambler a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2011

Bottom Line:   
If shortly described this CD Player does more expected from a cd player!!! First thing you hear a huge three dimensional sound-stage..Bass reponse is extremely low and no more boomy..All of a sudden you find yourself in this huge sound stage being a part of all keys, lost in joy! Get ready to listen you existing CDs as if new CDs, with new details new great joy!

I had Audio Aero Capitole (8500 USD) before that , and I didnt get half performnce of MF CD A5. Do suggest to al music lovers without thinking a second. get one, open the gates of Nirvana..

Only one thing may be criticized is the tray ! Could have been more silent mechanisim.. But as said; who cares!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2009



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by the hand of boredom a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2008

Bottom Line:   
Class product. Not without it's limitations. The case is vibrational, but it's easily countered with mass-loading.

The review should be considered with my review of the Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor.

Music is incredibly smooth with perfect timing. Presents a wide soundstage and slightly forward with the Auditors.

One knock against MF is that they keep updating their gear, so resale value isn't very high. On the other hand, the product is quite good and there's no reason to want to sell.

I'll use only two words to describe the performance of the A5, natural and accurate.

My A5 is used in a system of a Raysonic SP120 integrated, and the Cremona Auditors.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by audion1978 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2008

Bottom Line:   
I bought the a5 cd player to check out if my DIY cd player would hold up sonicly. I had heard the a5 a year or 2 ago, in a set consisting of nirvana cables, a DK design amp, and Totem speakers.
The soundstage (or rather the 3 dimensionality of it!) was quite shocking,it felt as if you could actually walk around every artist. The depth was really amazing. I also remembered that the whole experience came to me as all being very transparent. It all was a different kind of musical then I was used to...

So after buying the unit to see if my own DIY cd player ( cd-pro2 mech. full coper housing, 7 separate psu`s, and a low jitter clock. Oh and a Non os dac.) would hold up against the a5, I was kinda grinning abit after innitial listening; my own cd player displayed WAY more details, and had some better textures display, especially on brass instruments.

The a5 had a soundstage. A pretty good one, although not as deep as my DIY player. The a5 also had nice timing, and very good micro dynamics. You could actually hear when a singer pulled his head back abit while singing, or when a violin was played abit more furious. The a5 had more drama. Little changes in volume where very easy to hear, and made listening very involving, and most of all it supplied another musical texture I wasn`t aware of before listening to the a5.

So all good but not that much of a difference. I was not really suprised as my DIY cd player was built with the best components and was well designed... That was until I just thought; let the a5 play abit more, it problably needs to run in.

And Holy Mac! After the a5 was run in (its still getting better and better) it completely changed the player. It became a much more involving player, and a much more musical one! The difference is not subtle, in fact, my DIY player has found its rival. Or actually, my DIY player is no longer in use now!

The a5 puts down a soundstage that is really wide, and very convincing. Both in hight and depth -in my setup- it is very good. what strikes the most is that not really anything stands out depth/stage wise. Its all very natural.
The bass is pretty amazing and I have only heard this kind of bass in much much much more expensive players, it is very defined, deep, and articulate.
Its hard to write about things the a5 does well, as it does all in such a nice natural manner nothing stands out. One thing I like to mention is that due to the upsampling -I think- all my otherwise bad sounding cd`s sound absolutely great now!
I know its hard to believe, but this player subtracts so much musical info from my otherwise bad sounding cd`s, that im tapping my foot, dancing around the room, and totaly enjoying my sound. It all feels like the artists are performing in my room.

Is the a5 without fault? No. That would be impossible I guess. But for the money, it is insanly good. The player can be upgraded in quite a few ways which will improve your sound allot.
The case rings like a bell, and putting it on a good slab/ isolation platform will really upgrade the sound comming from the a5. I can`t hear my speakers anymore, I just hear music. But, I have put the a5 on a large isolation platform.

Then there is the issue that some people think the a5 sounds to hard. Yeah it sounds hard. If you ever heard a real drum kit you know that a snare shoulndt sound cuddly or soft, or even distant. It must have a leading edge and snap! That the a5 does deliver, and although what seems "weird" its very natural once you get used to it. On other players a piano sounds like well a piano and thats it. But on the a5 a piano can also sound like a percussion instrument, with all of the leading edge of the notes present if striked hard. It is a very addicting sound that adds greatly to the rythym pace and will have you tap your foot a hole in the ground.

Thinking about what this player all does great it will be a very very long story, but if you are in the market for a player around the price of the a5, you value soundstage ( especially with good cables/speakers you can truely have a 3d stage that is pretty insane) you value good bass, and neutrality, the a5 is very hard to beat.

This player is just begging to be heard, its very hard not to listen while it is playing. You are drawn into the music in a special MF way ;-)
My musical preference goes from metallica to chopin and the a5 delivers it all.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $1790.00

Purchased At:   dealer



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

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I brought one after an audition. I bring it home and try it with 3 amplifiers. It ended up in my main rig with my Jadis Orchestra Ref. KT90 amplifier. The sound is anything someone could ask .
The first thing noticed before even break-in period of 150 hours is the truthness of timbre in all frequency spectrum. Second the boldness of images , inside a rich mid-of-the-hall presentation full of air and detail and a really big soundstage without any sacrifice in naturality and transperancy. Dynamics together with real-life speed and layer of textures made me buy this player from the beginning. Its a true jem. Combining with really good equipment elevates the sound to a level previously untouched regarding price. The combo of Jadis/A5 CD player produce such transparent,airy,correct sized picture together revealing stunning height of singers and bass definition. It produced such qualities together with stunning slam presence and dynamics realy rare to hear at hotel expo's of systems costing less than 30k.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005




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