The M8xi is a poke in the eye for anyone who considers an integrated amplifier a compromised alternative to a pre/power combination. Inside the M8xi’s huge 16 x 44 x 40cm frame is a modular design with DAC, preamp and two monobloc power amps separated as much as possible from the casework.
PLENTY OF CONNECTIVITY
This Musical Fidelity is a solidly built unit that’s finished to a high standard. We love the simplicity of its major controls, though the display could be a little larger. Inside are two sizable toroidal mains transformers, and obvious care has been taken to avoid interactions between the various analogue and digital circuits within. It’s not as neatly arranged or visually appealing as the insides of high-end products can sometimes be, but that’s not an issue as long as it performs well and reliably. The M8xi runs warm, too, so ventilation becomes an issue if overheating isn’t to become a problem.
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