Musical Fidelity A308 vs...

jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 194
There's an MF A308 for sale close to me. How would it compare to my current main rig of a Peachtree Audio novaPre hybrid and McCormack DNA-125? Primary speakers are SDA-2B and Infinity RSIIIa (I swap these two pair in-and-out). TIA for any input!

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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,803
    edited June 3
    one my favs that 308 and a more classic MF sound. Your PT and McCormack though should be as warm as the 308, but I would feel the McCormack has better bass while the 308 might give your presentation a bit bigger soundstage. 308 has that classic British sound to it, if you know that sound.
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  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 194
    Thanks for the feedback, Tony. While I've got your attention, how about compared to a C.E.C. Classic Tube 53???
  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 4,900
    The A308 is very lush and musically engaging. I loved mine. I haven't heard any of the gear you are comparing it to, but I really don't think you would be disappointed putting it up against most other similarly priced gear, and a lot of that above it.
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  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 194
    hochpt21 wrote: »
    The A308 is very lush and musically engaging. I loved mine. I haven't heard any of the gear you are comparing it to, but I really don't think you would be disappointed putting it up against most other similarly priced gear, and a lot of that above it.
    Good info, thanks very much. Btw, I tried a Dared SL-2000A in my system, but there was a grounding/hum issue that couldn't be resolved. I liked it otherwise.
  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 4,900
    The Dared/Krell combination doesn't better the A308, but helps the speakers I have achieve closer to the more detailed forward sound I was looking for.
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    Turntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold Cartridge
    Phono Stage - PS Audio GCPH
    Preamplifier - Dared SL-2000A
    Amplifier - McCormack DNA 0.5 Deluxe
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
    __________________________________________________
    7.1 Home Theater
    Marantz SR6004; Rotel RMB-1066; Polk CS350ls, LS90's, FXi3's, RC60i; SVS PC Ultra; BenQ W1070; Elite Screens 120"
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    Phono Stage - Parks Audio Budgie
    CD - Marantz DV4001
    Passive Pre - Luminous Audio Axiom II
    Amplifier - Parasound HCA-1500A
    Speakers - SDA 2A (x-overs etc...); Epos Epic 2; Polk Audio Monitor 70 (my first)
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  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 194
    hochpt21 wrote: »
    The Dared/Krell combination doesn't better the A308, but helps the speakers I have achieve closer to the more detailed forward sound I was looking for.
    Sometimes it's all about synergy.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,803
    jdjohn wrote: »
    hochpt21 wrote: »
    The Dared/Krell combination doesn't better the A308, but helps the speakers I have achieve closer to the more detailed forward sound I was looking for.
    Sometimes it's all about synergy.

    Yep....and no experience with the other piece you mentioned so I can't comment on that comparison.

    Grab it and do your own evaluations. The 308's are still a hot commodity so you should have no problem re-selling if it doesn't float your boat.
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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 4,681
    jdjohn wrote: »
    hochpt21 wrote: »
    The A308 is very lush and musically engaging. I loved mine. I haven't heard any of the gear you are comparing it to, but I really don't think you would be disappointed putting it up against most other similarly priced gear, and a lot of that above it.
    Good info, thanks very much. Btw, I tried a Dared SL-2000A in my system, but there was a grounding/hum issue that couldn't be resolved. I liked it otherwise.

    I had the problem with my Dared Sl2000 (not Paul's but my 2nd Dared) and it was only a tube problem...some tubes we too micro-phony and others had a hum.
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  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 194
    My decision became a lot easier...the listing is gone now.
  • BlueBirdMusicBlueBirdMusic Registered User Posts: 255
    jdjohn,
    If you are talking about the listing in Nashville, he sold that A-308 on Audiogon two weeks ago. He listed it one day and sold it the next. I was planning to contact him and it was sold. I noticed he left the CL ad up after it was sold.

    I am in Marietta GA and was interested in it.
    Harry
  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 194
    Yep, that was the one. It was a good price for that unit, so not surprising it sold so quickly on Audiogon. Thanks for letting me know.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,803
    jdjohn wrote: »
    Yep, that was the one. It was a good price for that unit, so not surprising it sold so quickly on Audiogon. Thanks for letting me know.

    Yeah, like I said, they are still hot commodities. Built like a tank from the day MF built everything like that. Jump on one next time you see it for a good price, I highly doubt you'd be disappointed.
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  • MillerLiteScottMillerLiteScott Posts: 2,567
    I have been running a MF A308 MIT Shotgun S3 SDA 2B combination for about 10 years now. There seems to be great synergy with these components in my opinion.
    I like speakers that are bigger than a small refrigerator but smaller than a big refrigerator:D
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,803
    I have been running a MF A308 MIT Shotgun S3 SDA 2B combination for about 10 years now. There seems to be great synergy with these components in my opinion.

    Eh...synergy is over rated. :p Sell the man yours and shake things up for yourself. You might find a Tri vista or A1008 up your alley.
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,287
    There's no doubt that Musical Fidelity gear, Polk SDA speakers and MIT cables are proven to be an excellent match.
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  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 194
    tonyb wrote: »
    Eh...synergy is over rated. :p Sell the man yours and shake things up for yourself. You might find a Tri vista or A1008 up your alley.
    Then I'd have to buy a DAC! My PT has a DAC built in...and a tube. Sorry Tony...the moment has passed :(
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