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I just realised last night, after purchasing Rega Apollo CDP in July last year, that my set up now does not have a headphone option any longer. I wanted to have some private listening last night and realise that Rega does not have a headphone output jack.


Hence, googled for headphone amps last night and there is someone selling a second hand MF X-Can for 90 quid. Is it worth that much now? Anyone had this amp before?


 Hows the sound on it?

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Hi El Hefe. £90 is a good price for the V2. There is one on ebay at the moment for £125. Any less than £90 and they tend to be faulty or marked.

They are excellent amps. They will drive any headphones. The sound is the MF house sound of detail, clarity and emphasis on the midrange. They will do deep bass, but only if the original recording does deep bass. But, I find it to be kind to badly recorded music as well as making well recorded music shine.

There is also a strong after market modding scene with upgrades available for almost every component within the amp, particularly popular is swapping the valves. The valves are like light bulbs and can either last for years or go very quickly. Since the build is rock solid, it has the potential to last forever. 

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Hi idc, Thanks for the feedback. But the one that I saw on the net is the first version X Cans, not the V2. Do u know what was upgraded from the original to the V2?


Yes, I agree with you on the MF amps. Been using my set up since 1999 and so far, only one of my XA50 blew a transistor in 2007. The rest are still immaculate.

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Sorry, I dont know why I assumed it was a V2 you were orginally referring to. The upgrade as such from CANS to V2 was the internal layout, opamps and the valves used. Full details can be found at the site Rock Grotto The pictures you see are my X-CANS! According to Rock Grotto, the sound difference between X-CANS nd V2 is minimal.


My V2 turned out to an X-CANS in a V2 enclosure. I was very happy with the X-CANS and got it very heavily modded which added detail, dynamics and soundstage.


 

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idc,


Thanks again. Very useful info indeed. Unfortunately, the unit I intend to purchase has already been sold.

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Ebay has a regular supply of the X-CAN range. You should eventually find one there.

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I personally found the X-Can quite a tinny sound. Sad YMMV. I thought the Pro-Ject Headbox a little better - there's one on eBay for £70 or best offer (don't put the dash in Pro-Ject when you search). I got mine for £50 on eBay.

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idc:Ebay has a regular supply of the X-CAN range. You should eventually find one there.


Found one on ebay. The V2 version selling at 125 GBP.

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So long as it works and it is unmarked, that is fine for a V2. I cannot find it on ebay, but I did see another V2 starting its bidding and some very over-priced V3s. £125 is what I paid for the V2 brand new in 2001.


EDIT - I found the one for £125, it looks immaculate, the seller knows what he is talking about and you can get the instruction manuel off the Musical Fidelity site as a download.


The 'tinny' sound may be down to MFs desire for neutrality and high fidelity. Initially they do lack dynamic, but if you play some hard driving bass deep rock, they show the musicianship of the bass player by concentrating on detail. If the recording has deep bass, the MF will do deep bass.

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idc,


How did u managed to get a brand new V2 at 125 GBP? I thought this unit RRP was 300 GBP?


Anyway, yup just saw someone starting the bid on V2. So, will wait and see the price for that in a couple of days. The seller of the 125 GBP unit does sound convicing and also referred to Rock Grotto's page.

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idc,


 Besides hooking up the X CANS via the tape loop on my XA1, can it be directly hooked up to the CD player?

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EH, my price was from 2001. I think that the V3 was £300 or so when it came out, then the V8 is £400.


You can connect your CDP directly to the X-CAN, then it become your only amp. You cant then conect it on to your XA1. I didnt bother with the tape loop. I just used one set of phonos into an aux input on my amp and selected it when I wanted to listen with headphones.


The X-CAN can piggy back off another amp, but another amp cannot piggy back off an X-CAN, if you see what I mean.

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idc:The 'tinny' sound may be down to MFs desire for neutrality and high fidelity. Initially they do lack dynamic, but if you play some hard driving bass deep rock, they show the musicianship of the bass player by concentrating on detail. If the recording has deep bass, the MF will do deep bass.




One dealer, quite close to home on this site, described MF as far from neutral. Horses for courses. Smile

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EH, my price was from 2001. I think that the V3 was £300 or so when it came out, then the V8 is £400.


You can connect your CDP directly to the X-CAN, then it become your only amp. You cant then conect it on to your XA1. I didnt bother with the tape loop. I just used one set of phonos into an aux input on my amp and selected it when I wanted to listen with headphones.


The X-CAN can piggy back off another amp, but another amp cannot piggy back off an X-CAN, if you see what I mean.



Ah yes. I was thinking of to have another set of phonos running from my Rega CDP to the X CANS. But now just realised as well that the Rega only has one set of output. My previous Marantz CDP had 2 sets.


I still need to loop it through the tape monitor then because I still have my MD player using that output.


If I connect it through this method, do I still need to balance between the volume know of the XA1 and the volume know on the X CANS?


FYI, I have confirmed the purchase of the 125 GBP unit. Having difficulty with payment though. Keep getting the error message -


Sorry, you've hit a speed bump!
To continue checkout, please try again.
 
The seller is trying to sort it out.
 
Thanks for you feedback.
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Re: Musical Fidelity X-Can

I suppose there is an emphasis on the midrange that could be seen as not neutral. But throught that midrange it is very neutral.

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Payment already went through. Seller confirmed to send out by FedEx by tomorrow. Shippping cost to Malaysia is nearly half the price of the unit itself. Sad

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