Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista 2023 Amplifier Range Announced
The iconic Nu-Vista by Musical Fidelity range makes a comeback as new PRE, PAS and PAM amplifiers.
The new Nu-Vista trio of Musical Fidelity amplifiers are ground-up redesigns that hold true to Musical Fidelity's aim to emulate the real-life dynamic reproduction of music. Under company founder Antony Michaelson, there was always a particular eye on delivering big orchestras' full scale and emotion.
Now, under the stewardship of Heinz Lichtenegger (Pro-Ject Audio Systems) and Audio Tuning, a three-year, million Euro investment results today in a product range that promises to deliver on this founding aim. According to the manufacturer, the brand new, wholly re-engineered Nu-Vista by Musical Fidelity range features pre- and power amplifier solutions that, when combined, deliver a performance that sounds like a dream.
NU-VISTA PRE & PRE PSU
The Nu-Vista PRE is a pre-amplifier from Musical Fidelity that features eight 6S51N nuvistor valves, fully balanced circuitry, and a precision-matched stepped attenuator for volume control. It also has a pair of mini (circa 50W) power amplifiers, running in Class A for pre-amp purposes, a large external power supply, and 12 independent inputs - six RCA pairs and six fully balanced XLR pairs.
With a claimed < 0.002% Typical (20 – 20kHz) THD+N and Channel Separation quoted as > 100dB (20Hz – 20kHz), Musical Fidelity says that the PRE is designed for reference-grade sound with a unique signature and comes with a dedicated remote control and power cables for easy connection.
We're told to expect a “silky smooth” sound with “enormous transients and an effortless feel”.
The Nu-Vista PRE PSU is a separate power supply unit designed to deliver perfect power for the Nu-Vista PRE pre-amplifier. In addition, it features built-in mains and output filtering, allowing the sensitive audio circuitry to perform without interference.
It is conveniently switched on and off via the Nu-Vista PRE's front panel. The brand states that the component's chassis is “Faraday cage-like”, protecting the internal circuitry from external electromagnetic fields.
Inspired by the iconic Musical Fidelity Titan amplifier, the Nu-Vista PAS is a fully balanced, Class A stereo power amplifier that combines discrete circuitry with a nuvistor valve stage and a separate power supply in a matching chassis.
The Nu-Vista PAS features four 6S51N nuvistor valves per channel, fully balanced circuitry, and a high-power, low-distortion output amplifier stage. It also boasts five high-power, thermally compensated output devices per channel for reliable and stable operation. Output is rated at 300W (8Ω) / 500W (4Ω) / 100W Peak (2Ω).
Additionally, there are separate capacitors for bulk supply and one each for the output devices, reducing output impedance and improving dynamics, says the brand. Elsewhere in the circuitry, chokes are added for further-improved supply ripple.
Pulse current spike reduction bias is set for over 5W of initial Class A operation that slides into Class B operation at the point where the lower discontinuity is easier dealt with than “standard” crossover distortion, says Musical Fidelity.
Additionally, it has a large external power supply unit (above) that allows the sensitive audio circuitry to perform without interference. Again, the chassis promises to protect the internal circuitry from external electromagnetic fields.
The Nu-Vista by Musical Fidelity range also features the Nu-Vista PAM, which takes the PAS design and separates it into fully separated monoblock amplifiers to create 600W (8Ω) / 1000W (4Ω) / 1500W Peak (2Ω).
The added space allows for a slightly modified internal structure featuring a bridged output amplifier stage utilising the power of 2 x 5 pairs of high-power thermally compensated output devices. The company states that the result is even more power and more remarkable drive per speaker for further improved audio imaging.
The brand new, designed from the ground up, Nu-Vista PRE pre-amplifier (AUD $41,000 RRP), Nu-Vista PAS stereo power amplifier (AUD $45,000 RRP) and Nu-Vista PAM monoblock amplifier (AUD $41,000 RRP each) will begin shipping during the early part of 2023.
Local pricing is yet to be confirmed.
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