Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL
Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL
Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL

Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL: Modern and stylish phono stage

The current Musical Fidelity MX line has three models – the Musical Fidelity MX-HPA headphone amplifier, the Musical Fidelity MX-DAC digital-to-analog converter, and our current counterpart, the Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL. In 24 cm wide cases with a relief front panel made of brushed aluminum, the new items look modern and stylish – without unnecessary pathos and glamor.

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From a technical point of view, Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL is capable of satisfying even restless experimenters and upgrade enthusiasts. The corrector is designed to work with different types of heads and allows you to select the optimal mode for each specific instance. To do this, there is a choice of nine load resistance values ​​for MC (10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1200, 47000 Ohm) and five input capacitance values ​​for MM (50, 100, 200, 300, 400 pF) .

Conveniently, it’s easy to select input parameters right during playback – you don’t need to remove the top cover or click DIP switches hidden in the bottom of the case. Settings are made using a large knob, half recessed into the front panel. If the head output is lower than standard, use the “+6 dB” toggle switch to double the gain. If you need to weaken the infra-low component (“the room starts up”, the subwoofer hums), just switch from RIAA correction to IEC.

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Input switching Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL provides for the simultaneous connection of two players (or one with a pair of tonearms), one in a balanced circuit via a 5-pin mini XLR connector, and the other via RCA jacks with ground screw. The currently required input is selected using a slide switch on the rear panel.

There are also two outputs – balanced on standard XLR and regular RCA. They are not switched and can be used in parallel, for example, for recording (digitization) and simultaneous control of the process through a second circuit.

The Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL circuit is fully balanced, and the description says that it uses correction in accordance with the updated RIAA standard, which stipulates the frequency response up to 80 kHz. The technical characteristics are impressive: deviation from the standard curve 0.1 dB, weighted signal-to-noise ratio in MC mode -98 dB, overload capacity 24 dB.

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The Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL is powered by an external adapter that produces 12 VDC at 500 mA. Apparently, the device itself has a voltage converter to bipolar, because only in this case is it possible to implement a completely symmetrical circuit of the amplification path. From a purely external perspective, the Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL gives the impression of a solid thing – it weighs about two kilograms, thoughtful ergonomics, impeccable assembly, and high-quality connectors.

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Generally speaking, the Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL was clearly intended to be a versatile instrument with high technical characteristics and a neutral sound. At the same time, I would not call it soulless – just select the head to your taste and no problems, in addition, the corrector is musical enough to appeal to sophisticated music lovers. From a technical point of view, it is simply impeccable: getting truly transparent sound with such a developed input switching, and even with switchable correction, is a real engineering achievement and the best option for an audiophile who is constantly improving his system.

Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL Specifications

Frequency Response: RIAA ±0.1 dB, IEC ±0.1 dB
Output Voltage RCA/XLR: 4/8 V RMS
Channel Separation MM/MC: < -86/< -83 dB
Signal Ratio /noise MM/MC (A): < -101/< -98 dB
Total harmonic distortion MM/MC: < 0.007/ 0.01%
Sensitivity MM-MC (switchable): 5/2.5 mV – 0.8m/ 0.4 mV Overload capacity MM/MC: 23/24 dB
Inputs: balanced mini-XLR, RCA
Outputs: XLR, RCA
Power: 12 V/500 mA DC via 1.3 mm mini-jack
Mains voltage: 100 – 240 V, 50 – 60 Hz
Power consumption: < 8 W
Net weight: 1.9 kg
Dimensions: 220 x 53 x 215 mm

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