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The Musical Fidelity M8XTT Turntable is a high-end turntable with an impressive technical performance and many new innovations. The design features a bespoke 10” tonearm mounted on a multi-layered plinth. The platter is made of heavy aluminium and the turntable is built to the highest standards.
The dual-layer design isolates the motor from the tonearm and the whole ethos of the unit is to eliminate resonances. Hence there are also four multi-layered feet with Teflon isolators.
Dual layer plinth
The dual-layer plinth of the Musical Fidelity M8XTT Turntable is made of non-resonant acrylic. This is mounted on four, multi-layered magnetic feet. Each layer features Teflon spacers that dampen any vibration. The top acrylic layer holds the main bearing spindle and the tonearm mount.
This isolates them from the stand-alone drive motor. The drive motor is mounted on the lower layer and is isolated by a special foam material. As a result, the tonearm and cartridge are completely isolated from any resonance or vibration.
Exceptional rotational stability
The Musical Fidelity M8XTT Turntable has a specially selected drive motor that sits on its own acrylic layer and is connected to the platter by a silicon drive belt. This unique platter has a dual-layer construction.
The layers are joined together by aluminium inserts that improve the flywheel effect. The high mass of the platter tends to resist any speed variations for exceptional rotational stability. Lastly, speed changing is automatic.
New low resonance tonearm
The new 10” tonearm of the Musical Fidelity M8XTT Turntable features a conical aluminium tube along with a translucent acrylic bearing ring. The design has ultra-low resonance and two counterweights. Also, both vertical tracking angle(VTA) and azimuth are adjustable allowing cartridges weighing from 6 to 20 grams to be used.
The counterweights are also damped with TPE. Lastly, both balanced XLR and standard RCA outputs are provided. This gives maximum versatility when selecting a phono preamp.
Speed: 33, 45 (electronic speed change)
Drive principle: belt drive with electronic speed control
Platter: sandwich aluminium platter with aluminium inserts (10 kg), both floors with TPE damping
Platter bearing: Inverted bearing with ceramic ball tip
Tonearm: 10‘‘ Musical Fidelity tonearm
Effective tonearm mass/length: 17g/254 mm
Overhang: 16 mm
Wow & flutter: 33rpm: +-0.05%, 45rpm +-0.04%
Speed drift: 33rpm: +-0.11%, 45rpm: +-0.10%
Signal to noise: -78 dB
Dimensions: 533 x 245 x 413 mm
Weight: 31,5 kg
The Cadenza Black model is using a Nude Shibata stylus with a boron cantilever. The effective mass of the stylus/cantilever system is extremely low due to the use of a very thin boron rod. This material is extremely stiff and even more lightweight than aluminium.
It also uses the WRD/Wide Range Damping-system applied for MC Windfeld, MC A90, MC Anna, Xpression and MC A95 cartridges, controlling the high and low frequency damping separately.
The coil wire is the famous Ortofon Aucurum wire, which is a gold plated 6NX copper wire.
Cadenza Black is high performing on areas like detail, consistency and sound staging.