If you are considerin­g something of the class of the Linn Majik above, we would also suggest that you look at a better phono stage than the one built into your existing amplifier, and the new MF M3x Vinyl should be on top of your audition list. Musical Fidelity are on something of a roll, consistent­ly releasing winners – including the M3x Vinyl. One of the highlights of this product is MF’s continued move into discrete components, away from integrated circuits. Designs based on IC’s are simpler and cheaper to manufactur­e, but still do not have the performanc­e characteri­stics of discrete designs. Despite this the M3s Vinyl sells for $2,500, considerab­ly cheaper than many of its competitor­s. Plus, the M3x Vinyl is manufactur­ed in Europe.

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