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Magnum Dynalab MD-208
10 Reviews
rating  5 of 5
MSRP  2775.00
Description: The MD 208, a Discrete Audio RECEIVER, was designed and built for the customer who wants the highest level of music reproduction, without all the decisions about which separate components have synergies and then matching cables between these components.


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

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2008

Bottom Line:   

Overall, this is the best all-in-one solution you can buy! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Purchased At:   Used: private party



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Has2be a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Like most of us here , we all had systems we loved and listened and enjoyed on a daily basis . The odd tweak here and there maybe upgrade your cartridge , your cd player or new speakers a cable or two and results were heard immediatly . Then along comes " HOME THEATER" . With it more speakers that cost more together than that ultimate I want set of stereo speakers or fronts as they call them now you never could justify buying . Processors , cables upon cable , enough fine grade copper to go down the block , amplifiers ....well you get it . If all this isn,t frustrating enough manufacturers that make it so you have to sleep in the show room to stay current with the changes and even they can,t agree with a standard version . I was sitting in my living room listening to straight stereo through about 11,000 dollars worth of home theater gear and realized how poor a job it did on stereo for all that money . Made no sense that the basic stereo sound should be so inferior to gear from 30 years ago with all the advancements claimed in manufacturing now . Stereo should be put at the forefront and never an afterthought . Think about it ... how many people know what it sounds like to have a truck crash through a house , or long tirades of gunfire or explosions and so on ? Anyone that does either isn,t here to tell or would rather forget about it . After some research and listening I bought a Magnum Dynalab MD 208 . This is an incredible peice of equipment . Few things in audio do everything they claim and fewer still do everything they are capable of well, let alone outstanding. This receiver is as good as it gets and as good as the claims and reveiws it receives . Inside one very attractive case you get hi end dead quiet pre amplification , high current and outstanding amplification, and a world class tuner with broadcast quality sound . What ever music I through at it it excelled from rock to blues, jazz classical you name it . If you love strings and piano this will make the hairs on your neck stand up . The highs are sweet n natural and not harsh the midrange is like buttah ! Natural as a voice should ,and does, sound without color . The bass also really amazed me as it is musical ,quick and detailed without that over emphasized slam that overwhelms the soundstage . Depth , wide soundstage , speed , control , and delicate detail with dead quiet background . This one box unit makes my demanding NHT 2.9 speakers dissappear and reveals music in a pure and pleasing way that could only be bettered by a hi end preamp and hi end amplifier at twice the cost . But then you would of spent twice the money would need more cabling costs and would lack a tuner that can make you have to check if you have a CD playing when its the FM tuner . A long time ago I was told by an Audio store owner to never be fooled by how good something sounds loud , it must or should sound complete at low levels with all frquencies audible and clear . I never forgot that and this MD 208 does it with detail and delicacy from the highest high to the lowest low and the very important mids . I really think this will be one of those classics in thirty years that our grandchildren will be buying up like the marantz of the seventies that our kids are chasing now . A definate KEEPER !

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   ever so lightly used



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

Date Reviewed: December 17, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I really like the MD 208. It’s a unique product. Besides having a very good amp and preamp section, it also has a superb FM tuner. I never enjoyed listening to FM until I got this receiver.In some station, the sound is so amazing you'll think your listening to a CD. As an added bonus, you get a top notch customer service from the people at Magnum. They genuinely value their customers. Way to go Magnum...We need more Companies like you!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $3195.00



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

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I do not usually write reviews but this Magnum Dynalab MD 208 is an impressive piece of Audio gear. To my surprise it has a great depth of sound stage. It is open & airy. The tonal balance is fantastic. There is excellent bass presence at low or high volume levels. This receiver approaches the sound of much more expensive McIntosh separates. It performs very well with PSB Stratus Gold i's and is refined enough to drive Dunlavy SC-IVA's. The build quality is superb. One could compare this to your sleeper Hot Rod. If more folks find out how good this unit is, it may hurt the sales of more expensive gear. This unit is a keeper.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $2975.00

Purchased At:   Audio Waves



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

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Evaluating audio gear is not only subjective, but often quite biased depending upon ones own personal taste. Having said that, I simply wish to join the ranks of those who have previously made comments regarding the merits of the MD 208. I rarely will take the time to add my $.02 to reviews, especially when something has already been raved about, but this fantastic piece of gear certainly deserves the praise. Admittedly, at first I was skeptical, - a do everything receiver with true audiophile quality? Well, this thing is major league folks. And with the convenience of one box, remote, and an excellent tuner. On a pair of ProAc 1SC mini monitors with sub, the sound can be so intoxicating that I find myself playing my main system (which took A LOT of time, and major bucks to assemble) much less frequently. I have compared the MD 208 directly to a few different similarly priced all tube integrateds, and while there was occasionally a trade off in vocals, I always ended up favoring the MD. This is extremely smooth solid state, and it will deliver the goods in dynamics and detail. At this particular price point, I challenge anyone to partner amps, a tuner, and interconnects that will sound significantly better.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile




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