Musical Fidelity M3x Vinyl Phono Stage Announced

Posted on 2nd March, 2021

Musical Fidelity M3x Vinyl Phono Stage Announced

Musical Fidelity has announced its first M3 level phono stage, joining the likes of the M3sCD. The M3x Vinyl is compatible with both moving magnet and moving coil cartridge systems.

The Musical Fidelity M3x Vinyl benefits from a full feature set and a discrete circuit layout, resulting in exceptional sound characteristics, states the manufacturer.

Musical Fidelity M3x Vinyl

Designed to intuitively accommodate a wide range of modern cartridges, the M3x Vinyl sports a minimalist aesthetic and promises high-performance sound quality.

The M3x Vinyl draws from the upper-tier M6x Vinyl design and features an entirely discrete circuitry, which results in better technical measurements and better sound, says Musical Fidelity. Eschewing integrated circuits and devices such as op-amps, instead favouring a discrete circuits design, results in a more neutral, natural and dynamic sonic signature and the Musical Fidelity sound.

Musical Fidelity M3x Vinyl

The M3x Vinyl is housed in a steel chassis with a thick, heavy aluminium fascia, which matches the whole M-Series aesthetic and brings rigidity to the product and isolation from outside interferences.

The M3x Vinyl also employs split-passive equalisation in separate amplification stages for its RIAA curve. This method is more costly than the typical single EQ network in a feedback loop design chosen by many others, but it ensures the most accurate reproduction of the ideal EQ curve. Additionally, we are told that split-passive equalisation also allows for better impedance matching, further optimising the electrical path the music flows through.

Musical Fidelity M3x Vinyl

The special audio transformer with low core saturation utilised within the M3x Vinyl decreases electromagnetic radiation, which is essential for proper operation. Internally, the M3x Vinyl affords space between the transformer and the amplification section inside the chassis while also installing electromagnetic shielding for extra protection. The result is an incredibly high signal-to-noise ratio of 71dB (MM).

Also to be applauded is that the M3x Vinyl consumes zero power while on standby, thanks to a new proprietary power solution making it a greener choice, too.

Musical Fidelity M3x Vinyl

Assembled and wired fully by hand within the EU to meet the highest production standards, the M3x Vinyl sports RCA inputs and outputs, adjustable impedance range of 25Ω – 1200Ω (MC) and capacitance of between 50 – 400pF (MM) settings and a +6dB gain boost to help particularly quiet cartridges.

Musical Fidelity M3x Vinyl

Although the M3x Vinyl is the lowest-priced phono stage in the M-Series range, it still fully embodies Musical Fidelity's hallmark values of uncoloured, stress-free sound, outstanding technical performance, and great value for money.

Australian pricing and availability has not yet been confirmed.

Visit Musical Fidelity for more information

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Jay Garrett

StereoNET’s Bass playing Hi-Fi junkie and UK correspondent heads up StereoNET UK as Editor. His passion for gadgets and Hi-Fi is second only to being a touring musician.

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