When Musical Fidelity launched this CD-Pre 24, many described it as evolutionary and revolutionary. There were CD player/DAC models or DAC/preamp but never CD player, DAC and preamp all rolled into one. The preamp section was not even a digital preamp but an analog preamp where you can hook up to three analog gears. With so many features all rolled into one, the common expectation was that one of its feature will be its weak linked. But not so for this Musical Fidelity piece. It was exemplary as a CD player, as a DAC and as a preamp. Either one feature would have fully justified its $3,000 asking price but to have all of it at the same asking price, it was a bargain. Built quality wasn’t too far off from the more expensive Nu-Vista range and neither was its sound quality. At under $1,000 now, its a steal just as a preamp or CD player alone. The DAC section is more like an added bonus (considering you could get a 24 Bit 192 KHz DAC for the same amount or lesser) since you could do better for the same money.
Cosmetically, the unit looks really good. Minor scuff marks here and there common with use but nothing major. We have the original box and remote and will securely pack it for safe shipping.