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Musical Fidelity Merlin 1 Multi Format Audio System

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SOUNDS LIKE MAGIC

Music is precious. It can lift your mood, evoke a memory or sooth the soul. Enjoying your most treasured tunes means entrusting your music to a good Hi-Fi system - one that plays back music brilliantly. Merlin is a new system designed to do just that. It's designed by the audio experts at Musical Fidelity and is waiting to change the way you listen to music.

 

For over thirty years Musical Fidelity have been at the forefront of Hi-Fi technology. We're known for our phenomenal high-end amplifiers and have received praise from critics across the globe. Merlin delivers Musical Fidelity sound quality in a beautiful,good-looking system that's a joy to own.

Merlin is a sublime sounding system. It plays music with uncanny realism yet comes in a small, discreet package. It's designed to fit into your living room, dining room or office yet packs a powerful punch when you want to party!

Merlin 1 features the Merlin digital amplifier and Bluetooth apt-X streamer and the unique Merlin 1 speakers.

The system’s design is both beautiful and contemporary. The loudspeakers have a subtle elliptical shape with very fine finish in a choice of red, black or silver. 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 1 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 omnidirectional, giving a feeling of space and air whilst still giving a very wide but very focused image.

Amplifier

Power Output 50WPC
Inputs – Phono, USB, Bluetooth aptX, line in (Digital or Analog)
Very High Quality Headphone Amplifier
Configurable Output (Digital or Analog, Fixed or Variable)

Speakers

Power Handling 15-75W
Enclosure Type – One Way Reflex
Impedance – 4 Ohms

Specifications Turntable

PERFORMANCE

Nominal speed 33/45 rpm, outside belt drive system, manual speed change
Speed Variance 33rpm: ± 0.30 %, 45rpm: ± 0.20 %
Wow and flutter 33rpm: ± 0.10%, 45rpm: ± 0.09%
Signal to noise ratio Mechanical noise: - 39 dB
Electrical noise: -65dB
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)
Overhang 18mm

POWER

Power requirement 15V 0.8A (Adaptor supplied)
Consumption >0.25 Watts standby 5 Watts maximum
Adaptor mains voltage 90-264 VAC 47-63Hz

WEIGHT

Unit only, unboxed 6 kg (131/5 lbs)
In shipping carton 8 kg (173/5 lbs)

DIMENSIONS

Width 482 mm (19”)
Height (including feet) 100 mm (4”)
Depth (front to back) Inc. terminals 342 mm (13½”)


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