Musical Fidelity M8-700m
Our Titan flagship has set new standards for power-amplifier performance, but we recognise that its immense power and size – plus distinctive looks and premium price – make it an exclusive option.
We therefore set out to condense Titan's cutting-edge technology down to a more accessible size and price point. The successful result is our new M8-700m 700 watt monobloc power amplifier.
The M8-700m offers a compelling combination of fully balanced circuitry, extraordinary technical performance, exquisite sound, quality fit and finish and value for money.
It is the true heir to the Titan, delivering near-identical quality sound, with exceptional clarity and dynamics. The M8-700m can create a huge soundstage that's almost holographic in its width and depth. From the most intimate acoustic recording to full-scale orchestral works, the performance is perfectly placed and never feels limited.
Pair it with our matching M8 pre-amp and you have awesome amplification fit for any system.
M8-700m - Design and Build
When we launched our limited-edition Titan power amplifier in back in 2008, its massive power and unique design required very large dimensions and an equally hefty price tag.
Subsequent technical advances – plus immense customer interest – have inspired us to develop a more affordable, more conventional-looking successor of the Titan: the M8-700m.
The M8-700m is a fully balanced monobloc power amplifier, which – as its model number suggests – packs 700 watts of power in its sleek black casing. That's 700 watts RMS into 8ohms; and about 1300 watts into 4ohms.
That's approaching the powerhouse performance of the 1Kw Titan itself, and indeed measurements show that in action there's only about 1.25dB between them.
Like its Titan forbear, the M8-700m is engineered for extremely low distortion – typically 0.001% at 1kHz; below 0.005% at 20kHz. Even at the ridiculous level of 50kHz, distortion is a mere 0.02%, creeping up to around 0.06% at 100kHz. They may be unreasonable figures, but they prove a point: the M8-700m has significantly less distortion than rival measurements.
Again like the Titan, the M8-700m is a low-noise power amplifier, with a minimal noise ratio of -120dB A-weighted.
The combination of the huge power reserves, low distortion and low noise contribute to the M8-700m's extraordinary, effortless performance. It sounds almost undistinguishable from the Titan, displaying the same ability to deliver anything from massive dynamics to delicate detail with incredible speed and precision.
Whatever style of music you want to listen to, the M8-700m serves it up in a spacious soundstage rivalled only by the Titan - or a live musical performance.
Its power and balance means the M8-700m can drive just about any speaker you choose, backed by flexible connectivity options. Twin sets of speaker terminals make bi-wiring simple, and the M8-700m's outputs can be 'daisy chained' to bi-amp suitable speakers. It is, of course, the perfect partner – visually and sonically – for our M8 pre-amp.
Reception for the new M8-700m has been highly enthusiastic. Many press reports have highlighted its more room and wallet-friendly form, while What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision dubbed it the "son of Titan".