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Musical Fidelity HTP

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Hawklan, Nov 3, 2002.

  1. Hawklan

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    Hi

    Just a simple question (or three)
    1) Is this processor any good?
    2) How does it compare to the likes of Tag/Merdian?
    3) Is it upgradeable? (at the moment it only decodes DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1)


    Many thanks


    Ronnie
     
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    It is not upgradable, it is now being sold off relatlvely cheaply as an end of line product, and whilst I have not heard one myself- I have never seen it favourably reviewed. I would be surprised if it could compete with the av30/av32 or 568 as they are much newer processors.
     
  3. Nic Rhodes

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    Ronnie

    It is okay as a processor. It has an OEM DD / DTS board with Musical Fidelity glue added in. Many UK firms went this route in the early days like Arcam Dave, Myrad etc. The Tag and Meridian were custom designed solutions in comparison.

    Tag and Meridian are much better.

    at the time most said these things were upgradable but for all intents and purposes they are not. It requires a complete change to the decoding board long before any 5.1 to 7.1 difficulties.

    I think the fact that deals are being done says it all. There is better out there now (PL2).
     
  4. Hawklan

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    Hi The Beekeeper

    If I went for something like a Arcam AVR200 instead of the Musical Fidelity would I see a drop in sound quality (movies and music) - Cost vs performance should not be an issue as I can get both for the same price


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  5. Nic Rhodes

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    Ronnie

    although I am a big Arcam fan, the 200 isn't their best product IMHO (Sorry John but I think you knew this already). I don't think this would be a good move. At the £800 level I think the Sony 555 or the Onkyo are the best I have heard.
     
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    Hi

    Thanks for all the help

    I think I'll buy the Musical Fidelity - Don't really care about PL2 as I mostly watch DVD's. And at under £600 it must be better quality than the equivalent priced receiver. Now if only I could get a Merdian at this price

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  7. Plump

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    If you can get it for <600 and do you do not need PL2 then buy it.
    (I would not buy any processor without PL2 nowdays - but that's just me)
     
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    You can get Cyrus AV5's second-hand for about the same price - how does this compare?

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  9. Nic Rhodes

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    Personally I think the Cyrus is better (and can be upgraded) at a later date. Re PL2, I find this essential on an AV processor now days and wouldn’t buy one without (Linn please take note). I would still investigate the Sony 555 even if you don’t use the amps, it has excellent decoding.

    The Musical Fidelity, which was no duffer, is what you would get circa 1989 not 2002 /3.
     
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    Beekeeper, you do mean '99, not '89, right?? ;)

    Dunc
     
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    Just checking to see if anyone was awake :blush:
     

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