Musical Fidelity Supercharger 550k

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supercharger-550.jpgFor some years, Musical Fidelity's Antony Michaelson has been banging on about the need for more power than has been considered necessary by the audio community. It wasn't just the single-ended triode brigade that incensed him, with claims for the adequacy of as few as three watts; he also bristled about the dishonesty of manufacturers incapable of designing units able to yield decent amounts of power, and how they'd counter it by distracting the consumer with other concerns, or pure falsehoods.

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Antony amped up his campaign for "real amplifiers" around the time of MF's brief foray into speakers. In the intervening years, to prove his point, he's developed models delivering up to a kilowatt. All of which address his virtual religion: Antony is convinced that even at "normal" levels in the home, huge amounts of power are needed to need with dynamic swings, not just maximum SPLs.

My only concern about the Supercharger 550K was that its insertion into a system would mask the sound of the donor amplifier it is meant to augment. I suggested that if someone wants the sound of a big Musical Fidelity amp, they should just buy one, instead of adding a second amp.

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