Musical Fidelity A1

npxavar

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If the Cambridge Audio CXA81 offers better sound, while also including a high-quality DAC, then the A1 has gone from budget to overpriced.

For reference, the inflation-adjusted price of the original according to an online BoE calculator is £557.15.
 

Hifiman

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I think the review is right in saying that this amplifier is only really for people who yearned for one back in the 80s. Having lived through that hifi period, I fear that the problem for Musical Fidelity is the A1 was not a hugely desirable amplifier back then and, even if some felt it was, it was so affordable at the time that they probably would have owned it. I agree with others here that the ‘nostalgia premium’ being placed on newer products like these (I’m looking at you too Nait 50) is too high and at odds with the incredible value for money the same companies sought to provide when these products were originally released.
 

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