Musical Fidelity M6 Encore Connect

M6 Encore Connect

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M6 Encore Connect

Any time something new and innovative is introduced to a market some inevitable questions arise.

Should I dive in or wait for the next version?

Is this going to be around for long haul or is it going to be a mayfly that vanishes in the morning?

Musical Fidelity Encore is not simply a new product from Musical Fidelity.

It is a platform upon which the next decade of their business is being built.

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M6 Encore Connect

The Encore Connect is an audio preamplifier/source component allowing you to keep all your music in one place.

It accepts almost any conceivable analog or digital audio source.

It is also compatible with many network speakers.

There is a very clear, large, high-resolution full colour display so you can see what’s going on.

In Brief M6 Encore Connect

  • Easy and intuitive to use
  • Huge connectivity
  • Upgradeable 1TB internal storage for over 2500 CDs (bit perfect ripping from CD drive)
  • Analog preamp providing fixed and variable output
  • Compatible with many network speakers
  • Large, high resolution, full colour display
  • Control with either IR handset or Apps (both Apple and Android)
  • Dual core 64bit Intel CPU – as future proof as we can make it 32 Bit 384k DAC

M6 Encore Connect – Specifications

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Inputs

  • 3 x Line Level RCA 300mV nominal 2V typical up to 7V rms
  • 2 x optical S/PDIF 24 bit inputs up to 192kHz
  • 2 x coax S/PDIF 24 bit inputs up to 192kHz
  • 1 x USB 3.0 type ‘A’ connector
  • 1 xUSB 3.0 type “B” connector (for future expansion)
  • 3 x USB2.0 type ‘A’ connector (1 front, 2 rear)
  • 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet connector

Outputs

  • 1x line level PREAMP variable outputs (>6V rms max)
  • 1x line level FIXED 2.0V @ 0dBFS (300mV rms nominal, >6V rms max) – Preamp gain, line input to PREAMP outputs is 4.5x (13dB) at maximum volume
  • Headphone output suitable for headphones impedance 8 ohms to ∞ – Headphone output features independent volume setting
  • Speaker outputs 1 pair 4mm banana plugs per channel
  • 1x optical S/PDIF 24-bit output up to 192kHz
  • 1x coax S/PDIF 24-bit output up to 192kHz
  • Internal storage 2.5” 1 TB SATA II hard disk (included) or SSD (future upgradeable)

General

  • Dimensions – WxHxD (mm): 440 x 125 x 400
  • Weight (packed): 18 kg

Brand

Musical Fidelity

Musical Fidelity has been designing and manufacturing Hi-Fi electronics for over thirty years and  are proud to have become one of the best-known brands in the Hi-Fi industry.

They are driven by a passion for wonderful music and the challenge of world-class engineering.

They approached each new design by looking for the absolute best solution to a given challenge and embrace new technologies in our designs as well as developing more traditional methods for even greater performance.

1982

Their first product – The Preamp – launched to rave reviews. Followed by shoebox-style Dr Thomas power amp.

1984

Launch of A1 integrated amp, ‘the most important development so far in the renaissance of the UK hi-fi scene’ (Hi-Fi Answers).

1986

New A370 Power Amp proclaimed ‘the best power amp I’ve ever heard’ (Hi-Fi Answers).

1987

World’s first high-end DAC- Digilog – makes debut

1988

Another world first: MVX preamp, combining tube circuit topology with transistors.

SA470 launched: 86Kg power amp running 99% in Class A

1992

A1000 integrated released, featuring pure Class A power amp section

1993

Classic valve-driven Tubalog DAC goes on sale

1995

X Series launches with X-10D Class A triode line stage: ‘the most dramatic sonic enhancement you’re likely to hear!’ (F1).

1997

Nu-Vista Preamp launched, using miniature, metal-cased nuvistor tubes. All 500 units sold within three months.

X Series expands with X-ACT DAC, praised for ‘smooth, easy-going sound’ (What Hi-Fi?)

1998

X-24K upsampling DAC released: ‘capable of getting sound to die for’ (Stereophile).

X-Ray CD player launched. Described as ‘the sort of object you just want to fondle’ (Hi-Fi News) ‘a thrilling, substantial and satisfying listen’ (What Hi-Fi?) and ‘Hi-Fi meets nuclear warhead’ (T3).

2000

Futuristic CD-PRE 24 arrives, combining a high-quality CD transport, DAC and preamp. On Hi-Fi says it ‘represents a combination of features, functional performance and affordability that seems an audiophile dream come true’.

Debut of Nu-Vista M3 pre/power amp, including discrete Nu-Vista power amp modules with choke regulation. ‘This is what hi-fi should be all about’ (Gramophone).

X-DAC V3 released, offering ‘stunningly good measured performance’ (Stereophile).

2002

World’s first audio application of trivistor tubes in new Tri-Vista series, including legendary Tri-Vista 21 ‘Super DAC’.

2003

Flagship kW pre-amp and kW power amp launched: ‘the very finest amps you can buy…the MFs redefine audio standards’ (What Hi-Fi?)

Next up: kW 500 super integrated amp with twin-triode tubes. Hi-Fi News said, ‘For one rare reviewing occasion I could not find a thing to fault about the musical presentation of an amp’.

Limited-edition M1 turntable released. Considered one of the best-engineered decks ever, it’s now a collector’s item, fetching above its original price.

2004

Supercharged X-DAC V8 introduced, with switchable tube buffer and extra-heavy-duty power supply. ‘For its superb performance as a detailed, sweet-sounding DAC, the X-DAC V8 stands on its own’ (Stereophile).

X-150 wins European Stereo Amplifier of the Year, EISA Awards 2004-2005.

2006

Debut of kW250S one-box wonder, packing in dual 250-watt monobloc amps, tube hybrid preamp, phono stage, 24-bit 192K upsampling CD player, FM/DAB tuner and iPod input.

2009

Meet the mighty TITAN: 1kW per channel dual monobloc design with external power supply. Hi-Fi News was ‘Smitten… The Titan is the best power amplifier I’ve used’.

Reference-standard Primo pre-amplifier released; pure Class A with 14 hand-picked ECC81

2011

New M1 CLiC unites analogue and digital sources under universal control. Wins European Network Music Player, EISA Awards 2011-2012.

2012

Line-up expands to meet every hi-fi need and budget. Highlights include the AMS CD/DAC – our finest digital product yet – and AMS100, the world’s most advanced pure Class A amp