"Musical Fidelity combines 30+ years of audio expertise with the latest technical innovations to create powerful Hi-Fi separates offering exceptional performance, superb build quality and excellent value for money"

Musical Fidelity

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

 

 

Musical Fidelity exists because of one man's passion for music and hi-fi. That man is Antony Michaelson. He's a classically-trained clarinettist with a number of recordings to his credit and his love of music has driven his burning desire to make hi-fi which really sounds like music.

Since the age of 12 he has been an ardent hi-fi enthusiast. He bought a variety of brands to listen to at home, but found the performance of much so-called 'high-end' equipment disappointing, especially at the astronomical prices being charged. After a number of disappointments, it dawned upon Antony that he might never find the kind of hi-fi he was looking for, so he'd better build it himself. He was determined to produce musical hi-fi, which would reproduce the source material with musical fidelity, thus the name of the company he founded in 1982.

Innovators from the very first product.

Making waves in the market is nothing new for Musical Fidelity. When the company's first product, The Preamp, was introduced in 1982, it redefined market expectations about what level of performance could be achieved from a modestly priced preamp. Not bad at all from a product that Antony built at his kitchen table (until demand grew so large that Antony had to lease his first factory premises, slightly larger than the kitchen in his flat). Musical Fidelity's The Preamp was soon followed by an award-winning integrated amplifier, Synthesis.

In 1985, the now-legendary A1 integrated amplifier was introduced. This amplifier offered 20W per channel of Class A performance. It was packaged in beautiful, futuristic casework and it received ecstatic reviews from around the world. Musical Fidelity's competitors were aghast and wrong-footed, and the public and reviewers were thrilled. At last a true taste of high-end performance was available for what was, even then, an incredibly low price: £250. To get the best performance from this incredible piece of kit, all the customer had to do was to use efficient loudspeakers. The A1 and its siblings sold nearly 200,000 units. To put it another way, if you put all of these amplifiers end-to-end, the line would stretch for fifty miles.

In the late 1990s, Musical Fidelity turned its attention to the high-end, and produced its amazing F-Series of high-end components. The visuals were dramatic and ground-breaking, especially the sinuous heat-sinks and sculptural front panel, and created something of a sensation. Elements of F-Series designs can still be seen in competitors' products today. It seems that where Musical Fidelity leads, others follow.

New directions

In 1995, Musical Fidelity again moved in a new direction, with the X-Series. Yet again, Musical Fidelity shook the world of hi-fi. The tubular designs were utterly unique and aroused strong emotions. As with all Musical Fidelity products, the X-Series offered unmatched performance, fabulous visuals, astonishing build quality and prices that were so reasonable that most people couldn't believe they were true. In fact, while customers rejoiced, many competitors complained about the low X-Series prices; they looked at Musical Fidelity's retail prices and thought that it would probably cost them that much just to build a unit similar to the X-Series. They were probably right, because most of them were unprepared to invest substantial amounts in production tooling and other systems to ensure that their unit price would be low. As with the A-Series, hundreds of thousands of units of X-Series were sold.