This package consists of the Merlin amplifier, Merlin 1 loudspeakers and the Round Table turntable from Musical Fidelity to form an exemplary audiophile hifi system.
Musical Fidelity are a well-known name in British hifi, having developed a number of the most prestigiously regarded audio playback components on the market today and in the past. The Merlin system acts as an example of the company's design prowess and audio superiority, while also proving that they're not only willing, but excited to reflect modern trends while retaining their iconic industrial aesthetic.
The Merlin amplifier offers a comfortable 50 watts of power to each channel, utilising state of the art amplification technology that keeps Musical Fidelity at the top of its game. Integrated within this amplifier are a number of streaming capabilities, effectively removing the need for a further digital source component. The Merlin amp is compact in stature, bit large in spec; featuring dual 24bit/192kHz DAC chipsets, combined with twin high-grade amplification modules. These amplifiers run in unison with each other, while in isolated profiles to act as 'separate monoblocks'. The result is a superior reduction in unwanted noise or distortion.
The headphone section of the amplifier borrows most of its technology from the company's well-received dedicated audiophile V90-HPA headphone amplifier. This means that listening to music from the Merlin using high quality headphones is equally as impressive as listening through loudspeakers; the music simply sounds superb.
A number of inputs are available on the Merlin amplifier, including analogue phono, USB (isochronous for updating the system or connecting to a PC for playback) Bluetooth (audiophile-grade aptX codec) and a line-input (digital or analogue).
To complete the amplifier, an analogue to digital converter (ADC) has been built in to the unit, with a specially configurable output - analogue or digital, fixed or variable. This means that directly connecting the Merlin to a computer will allow the user to rip content to the hard drive from the source being played - this included vinyl LP records. It also allows for a subwoofer to be added to the system if one wishes to do so.
The Merlin 1 loudspeakers act as an example not only of Musical Fidelity's exemplary attention to detail and engineering expertise, but also as an example of their ability to retain a prolific catalogue structure; offering amplifiers, CD players, turntables, loudspeakers and more. Tuned to integrate with the Merlin amplifier and Roundtable turntable flawlessly, the Merlin 1 offers a superlative sound response complete with controlled bass and dynamic treble.
Stepping away from traditional flat front baffles, the Merlin 1's design consists of a multi-stepped baffle, combined with a single wide-dispersion BMR driver within each cabinet to offer a near-field flat frequency response, phenomenally low distortion and a true, accurate high fidelity sound reproduction quality.
Although compact in stature, these high-quality loudspeakers are anything but 'small'. The Merlin 1 speakers can also be rotated, allowing for both vertical and horizontal placement
Sold as a pair.
Part of Musical Fidelity's audio heritage consists of a multitude of exceptional turntable designs. The Round Table reflects this meticulous superiority, boasting typical Musical Fidelity sound and build quality with an aesthetically pleasing design. This turntable is built to Musical Fidelity's bespoke specification, and features a level of innovation and exemplary engineering that many competitors envy. This latest turntable model also makes use of a unique feature.
Music Fidelity have put an extensive level of effort into the construction of this model, ensuring that, for the first time, all components of the turntable have been designed and strategically placed to ensure that every element of the unit is statically balanced with the centre of gravity at the pivot point of the main bearing. Additional high-end componentry includes a polished, high-carbon tool steel bearing, which helps reflect the turntable's superlative build quality to offer a long-running life and a performance entirely free of friction. The chassis is astonishingly inert, while the suspension system and high quality pick-up arm is of a superb quality; rivalling all models in its class and even some competitor units in much higher price points.
|Power Output||50 watts per channel|
|Input Connections||Phono, USB, Bluetooth aptX,
Line in (digital or analogue)
|High Quality Headphone Amplifier|
|Configurable Output||Digital or Analogue, Fixed or Variable|
|Enclosure Type||One Way Reflex|
|Nominal Speed||33, 45|
|Outside Belt Drive System|
|Manual Speed Change|
|Speed Variance||33rpm: ± 0.30 %
45rpm: ± 0.20 %
|Wow & Flutter||33rpm: ± 0.10%
45rpm: ± 0.09%
|Signal to Noise Ratio/Mechanical Noise||- 39 dB|
|Downforce Range||0 - 25 mN|
|Tonearm||9'' straight shape
massive aluminium construction
|Supplied Counterweights||no. 82, weight 114g (± 1g),
for cartridges from 5 to 13g
|Effective Tonearm Mass||14g|
|Effective Tonearm Length||230mm
(tonearm mounting distance 212mm)
|Power Requirement||15V 0.8A (Adaptor supplied)|
|Power Consumption||>0.25 Watts standby
5 Watts maximum
|Dimensions in mm (Width x Height x Depth)||482 x 100 x 342|
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