The Musical Fidelity CD-PRE 24 front-end must be one of the most misunderstood pieces of gear out there or the price would have held up much better. I purchased this new after the Fremer review in Stereophile and used it somewhat similarly, including with an Alesis Masterlink ML9600. Fremer’s conclusion to the review was “Quirky, unique, and oh so handy for the home-recording enthusiast, the Musical Fidelity CD-Pre24 packs versatility, flexibility, and first-class sound into an attractive, reasonably compact, extremely well-built package. And considering that its CD performance comes surprisingly close to the Nu-Vista 3D's and it costs $2500 less, think of the CD-Pre24's preamp, DAC, digital switching, and tape loop as premium freebies.” It was quite convenient to have both digital and analog inputs, and to have every input available to output in either digital or analog. I used it to digitize about 30 LPs and at various times recorded to the Alesis or to tape. I used the integrated CD player sometimes, and used a different DVD/CD player others. As Fremer notes, it is a very capable CD player and the other features are bonuses! It is very simple to operate, and eliminates the need for several components, cables, etc.
I am taking down the bedroom system this was used in and will be selling the matching Musical Fidelity A308 amplifier as well. This was a terrific combination with the Sonus Faber Electa Amator II speakers I used. I have the high resolution pictures available if you’re interested and can receive large files.
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