Merlin Multi Format Audio System RED
The Merlin features the Merlin digital amplifier and Bluetooth apt-X streamer and the unique Merlin speakers.
The system’s design is both beautiful and contemporary. The loudspeakers have a subtle elliptical shape with very fine finish. The amplifier has a custom made extrusion, beautifully machined top form and elegant front panel while the turntable offers a simple, minimalist style in a high-gloss red or black finish.
All of the system has been designed to Musical Fidelity’s bespoke specifications and features the highest-grade components, many found in the company’s more expensive audiophile products.
The Merlin system will also debut some unique Musical Fidelity technologies and features. Not only does the Merlin look great it also sounds simply stunning.
Although, sleek and compact, the Merlin system still carries a very high specification featuring two 24bit, 192Khz DACS and twin high grade amplifier modules - running as completely separate monoblocs to minimise unwanted noise and distortion.
Peak power into the Merlin loudspeakers is a comfortable 50 watts per channel, allowing the system to replay music with high resolution, fast dynamics and accurate transients.
The integrated headphone amp is also of a very high quality - being based on Musical Fidelity’s dedicated audiophile V90 HPA model. So whether listening through the Merlin 1 speakers or your favourite headphones, your music sounds superb.
System inputs include: phono, USB (isochronous for updating the system or connecting to a PC), Bluetooth aptX and a line input (digital or analog).
The Merlin system also includes an inbuilt analog to digital converter (ADC) and a specially configurable output - analog or digital, fixed or variable – which allows direct connection to a computer so that any of the Merlin’s inputs can be ripped to the hard disk – including LP. Alternatively, it allows for the addition of a subwoofer or the connection to active loudspeakers - either digital or analog.
The Merlin Loudspeakers also include a new Musical Fidelity innovation via the company’s exclusive diffraction multiplier system that allows the relatively compact speakers to offer a huge but accurate stereo soundstage.
Rather than the normal flat front baffle, the Merlin 1, calls on Musical Fidelity’s years of experience of designing high-quality dipole speakers, and features a multi-stepped baffle which combines with a single wide-dispersion BMR® driver in each speaker to offer near-field flat frequency response, low distortion and a real hi-fi sound quality.
The impression is of a far larger system, with the sound seeming to be omni-directional, giving a feeling of space and air whilst still giving a very wide but very focused image.
• Power Output: 50 watts • Inputs: Phono/AUX, USB, aptX Bluetooth, Line in (Digital or Analog)
• High quality headphone amplifier • Selectable output: analogue/digital and fixed/variable
• Dual 24bit/192kHz DAC's • ADC for digitising vinyl • V90 quality components (BLU, DAC, LPS, HPA)
• Wide dispersion full range driver with diffraction multiplier • Flat response & low distortion
• Power handling: 15 - 75W • Impedance: 4Ω
Musical Fidelity has a long heritage of designing exceptional turntables and the Roundtable is no exception: Produced to Musical Fidelity’s bespoke specification, the new turntable also includes a unique feature.
Much effort has be made to ensure that, for the first time, all of the decks components have been designed and placed to guarantee that the product is perfectly, statically balanced and that its centre of gravity is at the pivot point of the main bearing.
Other top spec components include: a polished high carbon tool steel bearing – for an exceptional long life and friction free performance – an extremely inert chassis and suspension system and a very high quality pick up arm, usually used on products several price categories higher.
The platter is made from finely machined high density MDF and has high mass and low resonance. The plinth is made from similar bulky low resonance material. The feet are also part of the isolation system.
The Roundtable offers a stable low resonance platform for vinyl disc playing.
Additionally, the Roundtable has another, as far as we are aware, unique feature. The main platter bearing is the centre of a turntable’s universe. It’s the point around which everything rotates and everything focused. The Roundtable is physically balanced around this point.
The motor, belt and main platter bearing are all selected for complimentary characteristics.
With turntables there is almost nothing new…everything has been done before. Almost… Our central balancing feature is, we think, unique. What we have done is to put a very high quality pickup arm with a well regarded cartridge which matches the arm’s characteristics exceptionally well. The turntable system itself has excellent isolation properties, low resonance, high stability and consistency.
- Outside belt drive system
- 33/45 rpm with manual speed change
- Unique perfectly balanced centre of gravity
- Audio Technica AT95E MM Cartridge fitted
- Custom made polymer drive belt • 25 year old aged African blackwood pulley
- 9" straight oversized aluminium tonearm • Tonearm mass: 14g • Tonearm length: 230mm
- Counterweight: 114g (no. 82) fits cartridges from 5g to 13g • Downward force range: 0 - 25mN
- Electrical noise: -65dB • Mechanical noise: -39dB • Power consumption: 5W max (0.25W standby)
- Wow & Flutter: 33rpm: ± 0.10% 45rpm: ± 0.09% • Speed variance: 33rpm ± 0.30% 45rpm ± 0.20%
- Dimensions: 482mm wide x 100mm high (inc feet) x 342mm deep (inc terminals) • Weight: 6kg