MERLIN

MUSICAL FIDELITY

Merlin Multi Format Audio System
(Discontinued)

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Overview

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.

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Design

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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.


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Specifications

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