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    Musical Fidelity NuVista 800

    I wanted to move my observations to a separate thread:

    Once in a while a product comes along that is a complete game changer. A product that makes you rethink certain fundamental beliefs like you can't get tubey goodness without heat or you can't get sound from an integrated to equal top separates. Well, the NuVista 800 is that game changer.

    David Baskin from Design Audio in Texas loaned me his Musical Fidelity NuVista 800 integrated. I've been listening nonstop on the Dali Epicon 8's and I cannot believe how the NuVista has transformed an already great speaker to new heights. It's truly hard to believe what I'm hearing.

    The first thing I noticed was that despite all the tube goodness, this integrated runs from cold to luke warm! Second, because its a hybrid, you have SS bass control with tube mids and top end. The 300 watts a channel means the NuVista can drive virtually any speaker on the planet.

    At soft volumes, the NuVista 800 shines. Step on the gas and the NuVista is up to the task without missing a beat.

    The NuVista 800 has a slightly soft sound which is incredibly musical.

    Although I haven't made a final decision, but at this point in time, David won't be getting this back. The NuVista 800 is a game changer and has proven itself to be an integrated amp worthy of "champion" status.

    Downsides? Well, only one XLR input. That might be a downside for some. But that's one negative I'm willing to overlook when considering how incredible it sounds.

    I had someone comment that the volume steps seemed a bit odd with the NuVista meaning you are turning it to about "60" out of (120) on the volume control before you reach a normal listening level. I spoke with the head of engineering today at Musical Fidelity and he explained that the steps are in equal db increments.

    We talked about the design of the 800 and he explained that when the 800 was the first product in company history that they laid out the design, assembled the product and the what they built is now the finished product. He said that NEVER happens in manufacturing (i.e. no revisions to the original design).

    We talked about the reliability of the NuVistor tubes and he said "well well north of 50,000 hours". The NuVistor tubes are NOT user accessible and it is not recommended that users attempt to change the tubes on their own. So yes, after 50,000 hours (20 years or so), you may just have to send the amp in for a tube replacement....or not and just keep listening for another 100,000 hours or so! Either way, he explained the NuVistor tubes are very reliable.

    Musical Fidelity is currently working on a CD player and a Phonostage which will be built around the NuVistor tubes. The CD player will NOT support SACD despite my strong encouragement to the contrary. There are no current plans to build separate amps around the NuVistor tubes.

    The Musical Fidelity rep explained how the 800 is receiving tremendous praise from around the globe. He discussed a recent review in a French magazine, as well as the recent review of the 800 in HiFi News (available on your iPad for download).

    From a business standpoint, the first two production runs (400 each) of the NuVista 800 is completely sold out. So, I guess you could say they have sold 800, 800's!

    If you are looking for an integrated (or even separates) that gives you all the magic of tubes, with solid state bass control in a single box that runs luke warm
    at best and is also gorgeous with superb build quality and a price that won't break the bank - give the Musical Fidelity NuVista 800 a listen. Its a winner - a game changer - in my books.





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    Re: Musical Fidelity NuVista 800

    but will it pass the 60-day test

    sounds like fun. when you talked to MF, did they mention if it uses negative feedback? i love integrateds- it would be great to pit the MF against my Dart.
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    Re: Musical Fidelity NuVista 800

    Great review Mike , exciting product - please keep us in the loop as your thinking & experience develops.....

    Shodhan

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    Re: Musical Fidelity NuVista 800

    does it come with a remote Mike?
    Just curious. One or two sets of balanced inputs?

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    Re: Musical Fidelity NuVista 800

    I think we need a shoot-out between Hegel & MF integrated
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    Re: Musical Fidelity NuVista 800

    Quote Originally Posted by veindoc View Post
    does it come with a remote Mike?
    Just curious. One or two sets of balanced inputs?

    Nick
    One set of balanced inputs. A nice remote!
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    Re: Musical Fidelity NuVista 800

    Quote Originally Posted by bzr View Post
    I think we need a shoot-out between Hegel & MF integrated
    I think I saw Mike's Hegel H30 already posted for sale on Audiogon along with the Luxman separates, so I think he already declared a winner in that shootout! Enjoy the tunes on your new setup, Mike!

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    Re: Musical Fidelity NuVista 800

    Quote Originally Posted by audio.bill View Post
    I think I saw Mike's Hegel H30 already posted for sale on Audiogon along with the Luxman separates, so I think he already declared a winner in that shootout! Enjoy the tunes on your new setup, Mike!
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    Re: Musical Fidelity NuVista 800

    Quote Originally Posted by audio.bill View Post
    I think I saw Mike's Hegel H30 already posted for sale on Audiogon along with the Luxman separates, so I think he already declared a winner in that shootout! Enjoy the tunes on your new setup, Mike!
    nuvistor tubes appear to be the difference!
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    Re: Musical Fidelity NuVista 800

    These tubes come from the military. Which where used in the late '50s.

 

 
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