Musical FidelitykW-SACDMusical Fidelity kW-SACDMusical Fidelity kW SACD/CD Player - Original Owner I am converting my system to a fully balanced configuration necessitating a new player that supports SACD/CD with the requisite XLR connec...1400.00

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Musical Fidelity kW SACD/CD Player - Original Owner

I am converting my system to a fully balanced configuration necessitating a new player that supports SACD/CD with the requisite XLR connections.  SACD capability is important as I own many “pure” SACDs that do not contain the hybrid layer for playback by CD. If you own some of these discs, gotta have SACD playback capability!

The default for playback is CD followed by SACD.  This is the reverse of the original programming, but reflects changes made by MF when the unit was serviced and who replaced/refurbished the transport and laser assembly and updated the firmware.  Why they never provided a manual toggle to pick which mode to use, who knows??  But that’s how it is.  To my ear, it all sounds better than lots of stuff costing 5-6x more.

It makes no sense to have the kW SACD sitting unused, so off to Audiogon and a new home.

Since I intended never to buy another player, essentially intending to use the MF for archival purposes and SACD playback, I also acquired a spare kW laser assembly which I’m including with the player.  In addition, there is also contact information for a German specialty shop that refurbs and rebuilds or replaces MF transports and laser assemblies.

The unit is well built, no plastic, or a lightweight....except for the remote.  MF used the same core module for several of their units, so most, but not all, functions work as printed on remote.  I can say it has given me many hours of musical pleasure.

Do give it 1/2 hour to warm up...and listen as the sound goes from a bit distant and thin to close and warm.

Also Includes:

Special CD K622 Mozart Clarinet Concerto by Antony Michaelson, Head of Musical Fidelity and a world class clarinetist, recorded by John Atkinson, Editor of Stereophile.  Sounds great through either tube or solid-state output!

MF historical brochure detailing early years and products through 1980’s

The additional specs for this player are on the Musical Fidelity site, but will repeat core info below.

Product Description

  • Dual differential DAC.--Outstanding technical performance. 

  • Extremely accurate linearity down to very low levels (typically -100dB).
  • Lets you hear right into the far distant corners of the recording. 

  • Foremost non existent distortion.
  • You can hear everything on the recording as it happened on the day. 

  • Excellent noise ratios. Everything, but everything can be heard.
  • Two output stages operating at the same time (one tube and the other solid state).
  • By connecting both the output stages to your amplifier you can switch between tube and solid state and select the one which compliments your hi-fi system and your discs on an individual basis. Really useful. 

    Specifications:
  • DAC architecture 24 bit Delta-Sigma (Bitstream) Dual mono dual differential 8x oversampling Separate stages for valve (tube) and solid state outputs
  • Disc mechanism Philips
  • Upsampling 192kHz
  • Analog output impedance 50 Ohms
  • SACD analog output, solid state Frequency response 10Hz to 20kHz ref. 1kHz: +0, -0.1 dB 10Hz to 30kHz ref. 1kHz: +0, -0.3 dB 10Hz to 40kHz ref. 1kHz: +0, -1.6 dB 10Hz to 50kHz ref. 1kHz: +0, -4.8 dB
  • Signal / noise ratio (digital mute) > 115dB "A" weighted
  • Total harmonic distortion < 0.001% at 1kHz
  • Channel separation > 98dB 10Hz to 20kHz
  • Linearity error, 1kHz 0dB at -100dB 0.2dB at -110dB
  • Audio output at digital 0dB level 2.3VRMS at 1kHz nominal
  • CD analog output, solid state
  • Frequency response 10Hz to 20kHz ref. 1kHz: +0, -0.05 dB
  • Signal / noise ratio (digital mute) > 120dB "A" weighted
  • Total harmonic distortion < 0.002% at 1kHz
  • Channel separation > 98dB 10Hz to 20kHz
  • Linearity error, 1kHz 0dB at -80dB 0.5dB at -90dB
  • Audio output at digital 0dB level 2.2VRMS at 1kHz nominal
  • Jitter 150pS
  • Tube class A output
  • Frequency response 10Hz to 100kHz ref. 1kHz: +0, -0.4 dB
  • Signal / noise ratio > 115dB "A" weighted
  • Total harmonic distortion < 0.001% at 1kHz
  • Overall gain 0dB
  • Connectors
  • Analog outputs 1 pair RCA connectors for valve (tube) output, 1 pair RCA connectors for solid state output
  • Digital outputs (CD only) 1 optical (Toslink), 1 S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface Format) RCA connector
  • General
  • Power requirements 100 / 115 / 230V AC 50 / 60Hz (factory preset) 50 Watts
  • Weight 19.5 kg, 43 lbs unit only, un-boxed 24.4 kg, 54 lbs in immediate carton 28.1 kg, 61.9 lbs in shipping over-carton
  • Dimensions 483mm, 19 inches wide 167mm, 6.6 inches high including feet 443mm, 17.5 inches deep including rear terminals and on/off button
  • Standard accessories Remote control handset (kW universal type), 2 batteries size LR03 or AAA, manganese alkaline type, IEC mains lead (10 Amp type)
  • See specific details in included ad photos.

    Questions welcomed!! 

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