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ANTONY MICHAEL­SON of Mu­si­cal Fidelity must be the most ver­sa­tile designer in this in­dus­try. His out­put is leg­endary; as soon as he brings a new prod­uct to mar­ket he is off on an­other tan­gent. De­spite his prodi­gious out­put it is very rare that he ever mis­judges the mar­ket, over the years he has pro­duced some clas­sic prod­ucts.

Antony’s lat­est two of­fer­ings are a great ex­am­ple. The re­cently re­leased NU-VISTA 800 show­cases Antony at his best. This is a mon­ster of an in­te­grated two chan­nel am­pli­fier, fea­tur­ing both solid state and ‘nuvista’ valve tech­nol­ogy. It is rated at 300 watts/chan­nel into 8 ohms, and an as­tound­ing 2.17kW into 1 ohm. This is a su­perb piece of en­gi­neer­ing, one that prompted Paul Miller of Hi-Fi News to con­clude his re­cent re­view with “Then let’s just say I’m lost for words…”

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