NEW Musical Fidelity MX-Stream

Musical Fidelity is proud to present their new streamer MX-Stream a fully digital model developed to ensure optimal playback of Hi-Res music.

Musical Fidelity has always been driven by the vision to create musically engaging audio products which can hold their high standard of fidelity for many generations to come. Many MF classics are still in the hands of their proud owners and have proven the success of our design philosophy.

Streaming In Musical Fidelity Tradition

The MX-Stream is developed with the same goal in mind as everything else at Musical Fidelity – technically correct designs that sound as good as they measure. In order for any new product to be true to the original Musical Fidelity spirit, it has to have our warm, transparent, and incredibly detailed signature sound – not just technical wizardry for the sake of clean technical measurements. We have to hear it, we have to feel it, and we have to be moved by it.

There have been audio products that did not necessarily measure so well, but people still grew to love them. This can also be done with close to perfect technical specifications and the same dedication to the actual perceivable sound qualities. And again, Musical Fidelity has done exactly that. The MX-Stream is yet another prime example of our long-lasting design philosophy, elevating performance to the highest levels while still remaining an affordable, no-nonsense high-end product.

Overview and Hardware Design

Our MX-Stream is a universal, transport-only network device that can route any online or network streaming service to your integrated amplifier or DAC. All you need is an existing USB Class 2.0 Audio input.

The MX-Stream’s digital audio circuitry is a completely new custom design. A huge part inside the chassis is dedicated to the extensive power supply section. We have PSUs and high-end voltage stabilization components for all the different PCB units. We have advanced re-clocking – even the main CPU is operated by an audio-optimized clock, which is completely unheard of in typical streaming solutions as they typically run with standard CPU computer clocks. Audio files are optimized by eliminating all unwanted noise that is typically found in common streaming solutions. And with our customized software we were able to push this high-tech hardware design to its absolute limits, resulting in the first near-zero jitter streamer we have ever seen.

Bit-Perfect and Open Software Design

An open architecture design ensures its ability to be future-proof – years from now your MX-Stream will be as relevant as it is today because it can run any open-source software that you throw at it. Of course, for now, you can just unpack and set it up and it will be perfectly plug&play ready, allowing you to immediately stream your favorite music. The onboard operating system and playback software – by default – is set up to enable you 1:1 bit-perfect digital audio transfers to a USB DAC. You don’t need to worry about anything, all the engineering and configuration have already been done. Some expert users will nonetheless find advanced options available to tailor the experience to their exact specifications and gain complete and transparent control of what their system is doing. Truly accessible high-end at your fingertips.

Flexibility and Control Options

The MX-Stream can be controlled via mobile App or in any web browser, and you can connect touchscreens for a full haptic experience. Roon-Ready certification and support for all current lossless high-resolution streaming services and hi-res formats (up to 32bit/384kHz and DSD256). Standard network features like NAS support, USB-hard drive support, UPNP/DLNA, Bluetooth, Shareport (for iOS-devices), web-radio, CD-ripping with automated tagging and automatic music library indexing. All together these bring unparalleled versatility to the table.

The Perfect Streaming Companion

As a standalone device, the MX-Stream is the perfect add-on for any integrated amplifier or DAC with a USB-B input. By squee-zing in a lot of digital circuits within an amplifier, additional high-frequency distortion across the entire system can be observed. Also, large power supplies for pre and power amps with lots of magnetic radiation impact digital circuit performance negatively. By keeping streaming and amplification separate we can achieve our true high-end sound vision to greater effect and at a more affordable cost, while also guaranteeing the longest lifetime of our amplifiers and streamers.