98dB 10Hz to 20kHz Linearity error, 1kHz 0dB at -100dB0.2dB at -110dB Audio output at digital 0dB level 2.3VRMS at 1kHz nominal CD analog output, solid state Frequency response 10Hz to 20kHz ref. 1kHz: +0, -0.05 dB Signal / noise ratio (digital mute) > 120dB "A" weighted Total harmonic distortion Channel separation > 98dB 10Hz to 20kHz Linearity error, 1kHz 0dB at -80dB0.5dB at -90dB Audio output at digital 0dB level 2.2VRMS at 1kHz nominal Jitter 150pS Tube class A output Frequency response 10Hz to 100kHz ref. 1kHz: +0, -0.4 dB Signal / noise ratio > 115dB "A" weighted Total harmonic distortion Overall gain 0dB Connectors Analog outputs 1 pair RCA connectors for valve (tube) output,1 pair RCA connectors for solid state output Digital outputs (CD only) 1 optical (Toslink),1 S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface Format) RCA connector General Power requirements 100 / 115 / 230V AC 50 / 60Hz (factory preset)50 Watts Weight 19.5 kg, 43 lbs unit only, un-boxed24.4 kg, 54 lbs in immediate carton28.1 kg, 61.9 lbs in shipping over-carton Dimensions 483mm, 19 inches wide167mm, 6.6 inches high including feet443mm, 17.5 inches deep including rear terminals and on/off button Standard accessories Remote control handset (kW universal type),2 batteries size LR03 or AAA, manganese alkaline type,IEC mains lead (10 Amp type) " /> 98dB 10Hz to 20kHz Linearity error, 1kHz 0dB at -100dB0.2dB at -110dB Audio output at digital 0dB level 2.3VRMS at 1kHz nominal CD analog output, solid state Frequency response 10Hz to 20kHz ref. 1kHz: +0, -0.05 dB Signal / noise ratio (digital mute) > 120dB "A" weighted Total harmonic distortion Channel separation > 98dB 10Hz to 20kHz Linearity error, 1kHz 0dB at -80dB0.5dB at -90dB Audio output at digital 0dB level 2.2VRMS at 1kHz nominal Jitter 150pS Tube class A output Frequency response 10Hz to 100kHz ref. 1kHz: +0, -0.4 dB Signal / noise ratio > 115dB "A" weighted Total harmonic distortion Overall gain 0dB Connectors Analog outputs 1 pair RCA connectors for valve (tube) output,1 pair RCA connectors for solid state output Digital outputs (CD only) 1 optical (Toslink),1 S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface Format) RCA connector General Power requirements 100 / 115 / 230V AC 50 / 60Hz (factory preset)50 Watts Weight 19.5 kg, 43 lbs unit only, un-boxed24.4 kg, 54 lbs in immediate carton28.1 kg, 61.9 lbs in shipping over-carton Dimensions 483mm, 19 inches wide167mm, 6.6 inches high including feet443mm, 17.5 inches deep including rear terminals and on/off button Standard accessories Remote control handset (kW universal type),2 batteries size LR03 or AAA, manganese alkaline type,IEC mains lead (10 Amp type) " />
 

Musical Fidelity kW SACD Player CD Players

4.2/5 (5 Reviews) MSRP : $7000.00


Product Description

  • Dual differential DAC.--Outstanding technical performance.

  • Extremely accurate linearity down to very low levels (typically -100dB).
  • Lets you hear right into the far distant corners of the recording.

  • Foremost non existent distortion.
  • You can hear everything on the recording as it happened on the day.

  • Excellent noise ratios. Everything, but everything can be heard.
  • Two output stages operating at the same time (one tube and the other solid state).
  • By connecting both the output stages to your amplifier you can switch between tube and solid state and select the one which compliments your hi-fi system and your discs on an individual basis. Really useful.

    Specifications:
  • DAC architecture 24 bit Delta-Sigma (Bitstream) Dual mono dual differential 8x oversampling Separate stages for valve (tube) and solid state outputs
  • Disc mechanism Philips
  • Upsampling 192kHz
  • Analog output impedance 50 Ohms
  • SACD analog output, solid state Frequency response 10Hz to 20kHz ref. 1kHz: +0, -0.1 dB 10Hz to 30kHz ref. 1kHz: +0, -0.3 dB 10Hz to 40kHz ref. 1kHz: +0, -1.6 dB 10Hz to 50kHz ref. 1kHz: +0, -4.8 dB
  • Signal / noise ratio (digital mute) > 115dB "A" weighted
  • Total harmonic distortion < 0.001% at 1kHz
  • Channel separation > 98dB 10Hz to 20kHz
  • Linearity error, 1kHz 0dB at -100dB 0.2dB at -110dB
  • Audio output at digital 0dB level 2.3VRMS at 1kHz nominal
  • CD analog output, solid state
  • Frequency response 10Hz to 20kHz ref. 1kHz: +0, -0.05 dB
  • Signal / noise ratio (digital mute) > 120dB "A" weighted
  • Total harmonic distortion < 0.002% at 1kHz
  • Channel separation > 98dB 10Hz to 20kHz
  • Linearity error, 1kHz 0dB at -80dB 0.5dB at -90dB
  • Audio output at digital 0dB level 2.2VRMS at 1kHz nominal
  • Jitter 150pS
  • Tube class A output
  • Frequency response 10Hz to 100kHz ref. 1kHz: +0, -0.4 dB
  • Signal / noise ratio > 115dB "A" weighted
  • Total harmonic distortion < 0.001% at 1kHz
  • Overall gain 0dB
  • Connectors
  • Analog outputs 1 pair RCA connectors for valve (tube) output, 1 pair RCA connectors for solid state output
  • Digital outputs (CD only) 1 optical (Toslink), 1 S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface Format) RCA connector
  • General
  • Power requirements 100 / 115 / 230V AC 50 / 60Hz (factory preset) 50 Watts
  • Weight 19.5 kg, 43 lbs unit only, un-boxed 24.4 kg, 54 lbs in immediate carton 28.1 kg, 61.9 lbs in shipping over-carton
  • Dimensions 483mm, 19 inches wide 167mm, 6.6 inches high including feet 443mm, 17.5 inches deep including rear terminals and on/off button
  • Standard accessories Remote control handset (kW universal type), 2 batteries size LR03 or AAA, manganese alkaline type, IEC mains lead (10 Amp type)


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by pparkin352 a AudioPhile

    Date Reviewed: March 8, 2009

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought this unit along with the amp and preamp new, a great deal of money and connected it all up and started listening. That was in 2007. 2009 and the sacd player continues to deliver magnificent detail, clarity is marvellous so is the sheer quality of the sound in every aspect. sadly it is spoilt by the mechanism of the sacd which clicks and bangs and generally lets the unit down very badly.. The amp and preamp well the performance is flawless and I mean flawless! MF should replace all the sacd disk units with a newer type Mf clearly didnt do their research into this part of the sacd player, The mechanism is very poor and for a unit costing so much it is sad. The sound quality, well I have to hear better anywhere.

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    Used product for:   More than 1 year

    Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

    Product model year:   2007



    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Voogd075 a AudioPhile

    Date Reviewed: March 4, 2009

    Bottom Line:   
    Pros:
    I had a Meridian 508.20 before, which I used from 1997 till the end of 2008 for nearly every day hours long. It never failed. It has a great sound but I wanted something else; 11 years continuous use IS long. I decided on the MF because I had some 30 classical SACD’s and wanted to hear their potential. I felt for the looks. And, because the MF-player was nearly everywhere sold out, I bought it in Germany, by a renowned Hifi-specialist, for 60% of its original price. Second I wanted to know how the much talked about tube-thing of MF sounded. An extremely clear player. It extended the bass, the decibels and the impact on my Quad ESL 63’s. What no bass with Quad? In this combination, with MF’s A5 integrated amplifier, some of Shostakovitch music (8th symphony, Haitink, Concertgebouw orchestra) it knocked me out of my chair. Very lively player, detailed. Sometimes too detailed, you really can hear when recordings are soso. And, alas, there’re lots of them.

    Cons:
    Alas, too many. The way this player functions is very wooden. Before it starts a (SA)-CD it takes around 30 seconds before the music starts. And with what noise! It rattles and it sputters. You hear click and clack. When the CD stops: click; when you push NEXT/PREVIOUS on the remote: clack. The CD-drawer is the same as with one of the local drugstore players (20€), very very cheap looking. Very slow. And it doesn’t pop out for the full 1005, no only 90%. So you’ve to look very carefully not damaging your CD’s before leaving them on the drawer. When the drawer is opened you can’t easily push the buttons PLAY or CLOSE anymore; the drawer is above the buttons. The use of the STOP button gave a noise like sitting in a streetcar that had to make an emergency stop. The opening of the draw was as if the player disliked giving the CD back to me: very slow.

    After playing 10 CD’s or so the spinning of the CD’s was clearly audible. Even from a large distance at the end of my living room (20 feet or so). It made a high humming noise which interfered with the music. Approaching the player a clock could be heard, like my grandmother had, adding extra unwanted nostalgia to the music. With some disc the spinning at the start is so loud you even don’t hear any music, skipping to track 2 the ‘normal’ situation of humming gets back.

    The unit was brought for repairs and some days later a fellow from Audio Components, Hamburg, Germany, called me and told me noise was normal. I fell off my chair. He must be crazy; a €4000.- machine! He said that’s because SA-CD’s do need enormous speeds, more than CD’s, so that’s why it’s noisy. He started a lengthy conversation about McIntosh SA-CD players who’ve got the same. I don’t care, don’t have a McIntosh. But with CD’s – which following his theory don’t need enormous speed – the problem with the kW SACD is the same. So no repairs were made. The fellow in Hamburg said it was normal and my hifi-specialist said it wasn’t acceptable.

    So, before you ever get the idea of buying this machine on the second-hand market, I urge you TO LISTEN. If you don’t hear disc spinning you’re lucky. (But following the guy in Hamburg it’s not the normal situation.) Take my advice: disc spinning isn’t normal!!! SA-CD players from Marantz, Sony, Denon and Yamaha don’t have this problem and they’re sometimes considerable cheaper.

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    Used product for:   1 to 3 months

    Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

    Product model year:   2006



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

    Date Reviewed: February 7, 2008

    Bottom Line:   
    Bought a Musical Fidelity kW SACD Player. I have a query on the SACD/CD playback function and would like to seek the advice from the users of this SACD Player . The "problem" is as follows:-

    1. When a normal CD is inserted into the player, the word "CDDA" will appear on the display.

    2. When a SACD layer only disc is inserted, the word "SACD" will appear on the display.

    3, When a hybrid disc (i.e. with SACD layer and CD layer) is inserted, only the word "CDDA" will appear on the display.

    My questions are:-

    In situation 3 above, do you know whether kW player is playing the SACD layer or simply the CD layer (as only "CDDA" is appearing but not "SACD")?

    Further, is there a way I can switch between the CD layer and the SACD layer in the case of a hybrid disc for comparison purpose? My Sony SCD-1 allows me to do the switching.

    I have checked through the manual and there is nothing there. The remote does not have any button offering the "switching" function.

    Many thanks.

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    Used product for:   More than 1 year

    Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

    Product model year:   2006

    Price Paid:    $6000.00

    Purchased At:   Hong Kong



    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by prem33 a AudioPhile

    Date Reviewed: January 8, 2006

    Bottom Line:   
    Best SACD player out there with only the Accuphase DP 100 and the DCS Verdi/Purcell stack as it competitors. It replaced my Sony 777ES SACD player and was clearly superior.
    I have the NuVista integrated amp and Monitor Audio GR60 speakers with it. It's sonic heaven !

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    Used product for:   Less than 1 month

    Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

    Product model year:   2005

    Price Paid:    $6000.00

    Purchased At:   Alpha Audio Singapor



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

    Date Reviewed: November 1, 2005

    Bottom Line:   
    It gives you everything is on the cd.
    The best cd i've ever heard.
    Everything comes out. You are in the first row at your private concert.

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    Used product for:   Less than 1 month

    Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

    Product model year:   2005




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