Power amplifier M8-700: The son of Titan
After Musical Fidelity's flagship amplifier Titan set the new standard, the company decided to condense its technology down to a more accessible size and price point. The successful result is our new M8-700 700 watt monobloc power amplifier. The M8-700 is a combination of fully balanced circuitry, excellent engineers' work, and exquisite sound. The M8-700 delivers sound with exceptional clarity and dynamics and can create a huge soundstage.
When Musical Fidelity launched its limited-edition Titan power amplifier back in 2008, its massive power and unique design required very large dimensions and an equally hefty price tag. Like the Titan, the M8-700 is a low-noise power amplifier, with a minimal noise ratio of -120dB A-weighted.
The M8-700 is a fully balanced monobloc power amplifier, which, as its model number suggests, packs 700 watts of power into its sleek black casing. That's 700 watts RMS into 8ohms; it approaches 1300 watts into 4ohms. That's approaching the powerhouse performance of the 1Kw Titan itself, and indeed measurements show that in action there's only about 1.25dB between them.
Like its Titan forbear, the M8-700 is engineered for extremely low distortion – typically 0.001% at 1kHz; below 0.005% at 20kHz. Even at the ridiculous level of 50Hz, distortion is a mere 0.02%, creeping up to around 0.06% at 100Hz. They may be unreasonable figures, but they prove a point: the M8-700 has significantly less distortion than rival designs.
The combination of the huge power reserves, low distortion and low noise contribute to the M8-700's effortless performance. It sounds almost undistinguishable from the Titan, displaying the same ability to deliver anything from massive dynamics to delicate detail with incredible speed and precision. Whatever style of music you want to listen to, the M8-700 serves it up in a spacious soundstage rivalled only by the Titan - or a live musical performance.
Its power and balance means the M8-700 can drive just about any speaker you choose. Twin sets of speaker terminals make biwiring simple, and the M8-700's outputs can be daisy chained to bi-amp suitable speakers. ■
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