Musical Fidelity M3I Specifications

Instructions for use
Thank you for purchasing the Musical Fidelity M3i integrated amplifier.
The M3i uses our tried and tested ultra low distortion power amplifier circuitry, which has enough current
reserve to drive even the most demanding speakers with ease. A very low noise and distortion, high-quality
preamplifier completes the integrated amplifier giving a perfect sound from a compact looking full size unit.
The M3i will aesthetically match with present and future M3 series products. Such a combination will yield one
of the best high-fidelity systems available at any price.
Used properly and carefully, it should give many years of outstanding musical reproduction.
Dust regularly with a soft duster or soft brush, but be careful when using cleaning or polishing agents - they
may harm the surface finish.
If there are any questions about the audio system, please consult the dealer who is there to help and advise.
CONTENTS
Section
Page
Safety Information
–
Mains plug (UK only), modification warning
3
General advice
–
Installation precautions
4
Disposal information
–
EU disposal information
5
Installation
–
Introduction, cleaning, installation, power connections, audio
connections
6
Facilities and connections
–
Illustrations, main unit front & rear panels
7
Remote control handset
–
Operation and illustration
8
Operation
–
Starting
9
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Volume
–
Mute
–
CD
–
TUNER
–
AUX1/HT
–
AUX2
–
AUX3
–
TAPE
10
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Basic fault finding
11
Problems?
Specifications
12
Manual history
13
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SAFETY INFORMATION
IMPORTANT! (U.K. only)
This unit is supplied in the U.K. with mains lead fitted with a moulded 13 amp plug. If, for any reason, it is
necessary to remove the plug, please remove the fuse holder and dispose of the plug safely, out of reach of
children.
It must not be plugged into a mains outlet.
The wires in the mains lead supplied with this appliance are coloured in accordance with the following code:
Green and yellow .............................Earth
Blue................................................ Neutral
Brown ..................................................Live
WARNING – This appliance MUST be earthed
As the colours of the wires of the mains lead of this appliance may not correspond with the coloured markings
identifying the terminals in the plug, proceed as follows:
•
The wire which is coloured green-and-yellow must be connected to the terminal in the plug which is marked
with the letter E or coloured green or green-and-yellow, or by the earth symbol:
•
The wire which is coloured brown must be connected to the terminal which is marked with the letter L or
coloured red.
•
The wire which is coloured blue must be connected to the terminal which is marked with the letter N or
coloured black.
•
If connecting to a BS1363 plug, a 13 amp fuse must be used.
WARNING:
ANY MODIFICATIONS TO THIS PRODUCT NOT EXPRESSLY
APPROVED BY MUSICAL FIDELITY WHO IS THE PARTY RESPONSIBLE
FOR STANDARDS COMPLIANCE COULD VOID THE USER'S
AUTHORITY TO OPERATE THIS EQUIPMENT.
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GENERAL ADVICE
Installation, Precautions & User Information
This new M3i is designed and built to provide trouble-free performance, but as with all electronic devices it is
necessary to observe a few precautions:
•
Heed all warnings shown on the back of the product.
•
Only connect the M3i to a mains outlet having the same voltage as marked at the back of the unit.
•
Always ensure that when disconnecting and reconnecting your audio equipment the mains supply is
switched off.
•
Position the mains lead and signal interconnects where they are not likely to be walked on or trapped by
items placed on them.
•
Do not use near water, or place water-filled containers on the M3i, for example, a flower vase or potted
plants. If water does spill inside, immediately pull out the mains plug from the wall socket and inform
your dealer, who should then check the unit before further use. Entry of liquid into the M3i is
dangerous, and may cause electric shock or fire hazard.
•
Do not place the unit near direct heat sources such as radiators, direct sunlight or other equipment.
•
Do not remove any covers or try to gain access to the inside. There are no internal adjustments or fuses you
can replace yourself. Refer all service work to an authorised Musical Fidelity agent.
* Note: Unauthorised opening of the equipment will invalidate any warranty claim.
•
Dust regularly with a soft cloth or soft brush but be careful when using cleaning or polishing agents - they
may harm the surface finish.
The electronics in modern hi-fi equipment is complex and may, therefore, be adversely affected or damaged by
lightning. For protection of the audio system during electrical storms, remove the mains plugs.
If after-sales service is required, to help the dealer identify the M3i please quote the serial number located on
the rear panel of the unit.
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ITEM DISPOSAL INFORMATION
DISPOSAL
The crossed out wheeled bin label that appears on the back panel of the product indicates that
the product must not be disposed of as normal household waste. To prevent possible harm to the
environment please separate the product from other waste to ensure that it can be recycled in an
environmentally safe manner. Please contact local government office or retailer for available collection
facilities.
DISPOSITION
La poubelle sur roulettes barrées X, qui apparaît en logo sur le panneau arrière du produit, indique que celui-ci ne
doit pas être traité comme un déchet domestique commun. Afin de protéger l'environnement, ce produit électronique devra
être géré séparément et donc recyclé selon les nouvelles normes Européennes Rohs concernant les déchets d'appareils
électroniques. Prière de contacter les services concernés gouvernementaux ou votre point de vente pour l'élimination et
l'enlèvement de déchets électroniques équipés de composants électroniques.
DISPOSAL
La etiqueta cruzada hacia fuera del compartimiento que aparece en el panel trasero del producto indica que el
producto no se debe reciclarse como basura normal de la casa. Para prevenir daños posible al ambiente separe por favor el
producto de otras basura para asegurarse de que puede ser reciclada de una manera ambientalmente segura. Entre en
contacto por favor a su oficina gubernamental local o a su minorista para las instalaciones disponibles de la colección.
RIFIUTI
L'etichetta del cassonetto barrato riportato sul retro dell'apparecchio indica che il prodotto non deve essere
smaltito tramite la procedura normale di smaltimento dei rifiuti domestici. Per evitare eventuali danni all'ambiente, separare
questo prodotto da altri rifiuti domestici in modo che possa venire riciclato in base alle procedure di rispetto ambientale. Per
maggiori dettagli sulle aree di raccolta disponibili, contattate l'ufficio govenativo locale od il rivenditore del prodotto.
FACHGERECHTE ENTSORGUNG:
Das auf der Geräterückseite angebrachte Label deutet darauf hin, dass das Produkt nicht mit konventionellem
Hauskehricht entsorgt werden darf. Um Schäden und Verschmutzungen an Umwelt und Mensch zu vermeiden, muss das
Produkt fachgerecht entsorgt und von anderem Abfall getrennt werden. Wenden Sie sich bei Fragen hierzu an Ihren
Fachhändler oder an eine öffentliche Informationsstelle.
AFVAL
Het label op de achterzijde van dit apparaat, een afvalbak op wielen met een kruis doorgehaald, geeft aan dat dit
apparaat niet samen met gewoon huishoudafval mag worden weggegooid. Om mogelijke schade aan onze leefomgeving te
voorkomen dient dit apparaat, gescheiden van gewoon huishoudelijk afval, te worden afgevoerd zodat het op een
milieuvriendelijke manier kan worden gerecycled. Neem voor beschikbare inzamelplaatsen contact op met uw gemeentelijke
reinigingsdienst of met uw elektronica leverancier.
HÄVITTÄMINEN
Yliruksattua jäteastiaa kuvaava tarra tuotteen takalevyssä kertoo, että tuotetta ei saa käsitellä normaalina
talousjätteenä. Ympäristön suojelemiseksi on tuote pidettävä erillään muusta jätteestä ja se on kierrätettävä ekologisesti
kestävällä tavalla. Ota yhteyttä laitteen myyjään tai Pirkanmaan Ympäristökeskukseen lähimmän kierrätyskeskuksen
löytämiseksi.
AFSKAFNING
Logoet med en skraldespand med kryds over på bagsiden af apparatet indikerer at dette produkt ikke må kasseres
som normal husholdningsaffald. For at forebygge mulig skade på miljøet, bedes De separere dette produkt fra andet affald,
og sikre at det bliver genbrugt på en miljørigtig måde. Kontakt venligst de lokale myndigheder eller din forhandler for
oplysning om nærmeste tilgængelige opsamlingssted for elektronikaffald.
ΔΙΑΔΙΚΑΣΙΑ ΑΠΟΡΡΙΨΗΣ
ΤΟ ΣΗΜΑ ΜΕ ΤΟΝ ΔΙΑΓΕΓΡΑΜΜΕΝΟ ΤΡΟΧΗΛΑΤΟ ΚΑΔΟ ΑΠΟΡΡΙΜΑΤΩΝ ΣΤΗΝ ΠΙΣΩ ΟΨΗ ΤΟΥ
ΜΗΧΑΝΗΜΑΤΟΣ
ΔΗΛΩΝΕΙ ΟΤΙ ΤΟ ΠΡΟΙΟΝ ΑΥΤΟ ΔΕΝ ΠΡΕΠΕΙ ΝΑ ΔΙΑΧΕΙΡΙΣΘΕΙ ΣΑΝ ΣΥΝΗΘΙΣΜΕΝΟ ΟΙΚΙΑΚΟ ΑΠΟΒΛΗΤΟ.
ΠΡΟΣ ΑΠΟΦΥΓΗ ΕΝΔΕΧΟΜΕΝΗΣ ΕΠΙΒΑΡΥΝΣΗΣ ΤΟΥ ΠΕΡΙΒΑΛΛΟΝΤΟΣ, ΞΕΧΩΡΙΣΤΕ ΤΟ ΠΡΟΙΟΝ ΑΠΟ ΤΑ ΑΛΛΑ
ΑΠΟΡΡΙΜΑΤΑ ΩΣΤΕ ΝΑ ΕΞΑΣΦΑΛΙΣΘΕΙ Η ΑΝΑΚΥΚΛΩΣΗ ΤΟΥ ΜΕ ΤΟΝ ΠΡΕΠΟΝΤΑ ΤΡΟΠΟ.
ΠΑΡΑΚΑΛΟΥΜΕ ΝΑ ΕΠΙΚΟΙΝΩΝΗΣΕΤΕ ΜΕ ΤΗΝ ΤΟΠΙΚΗ ΥΠΗΡΕΣΙΑ ΑΝΑΚΥΚΛΩΣΗΣ Η ΜΕ ΤΟ ΚΑΤΑΣΤΗΜΑ ΑΓΟΡΑΣ
ΓΙΑ ΠΕΡΙΣΣΟΤΕΡΕΣ ΛΕΠΤΟΜΕΡΕΙΕΣ.
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INSTALLATION
Introduction
Congratulations on the purchase of the new M3i integrated amplifier. Great attention has been paid to internal
layout, isolating each circuit section to prevent possible interaction.
The unit features a finely tuned and tweaked preamplifier, for smooth sound coupled with low noise and virtually
no distortion.
The power amplifier consists of two top quality power amplifiers for the absolute best in separation and imaging.
Generously rated, they are enough to drive even the most demanding loudspeakers with ease. Low distortion
and very quiet they will deliver all music types exactly as the artist originally intended.
The resultant performance achieved by this unit is among the best in the world. It has excellent signal to noise
ratio, low distortion, wide bandwidth and dynamic range, with extraordinary resolution and fine detail.
Cleaning
Before cleaning the unit, switch off power at the mains switch and remove the mains plug from the wall socket.
Clean the cabinet and remote control unit using a moist cloth. Using solvents, white spirit or thinners is not
advised, as they could damage the surface finish.
Installation
Position the M3i on a stable, horizontal surface where there is no risk of it being knocked, or subjected to
vibration such as from loudspeakers.
Important note:
In normal operation, the unit dissipates a small quantity of power at all times, and it is important
that it is adequately ventilated. The top and bottom are perforated to allow the smooth flow of heat
through the unit. It is therefore not recommended that the unit is enclosed in a cabinet or placed
where the ventilation holes are impeded as this could result in excessive heat build-up.
The M3i must be protected from humidity – if the unit is moved from a cold place to a warm room,
leave the unit for an hour or so to allow sufficient time for the moisture to evaporate.
Power Connections
The M3i is supplied with a standard IEC mains cable which plugs into the IEC socket at the back of the unit (see
page 7)
Audio Connections
RCA Inputs: Connect all RCA single-ended sources to relevant analogue inputs (see page 7 for more
information). Use good quality fully connected (signal and ground) coaxial phono cables for all RCA signal
connections.
Outputs: Connect loudspeakers to the terminals on the back panel marked as LEFT and RIGHT SPEAKER
outputs
The TAPE output allows loop through of analogue signals for example, to pass on to recorder or monitor. It is
also the ideal output to connect our headphone amps into.
The PRE-OUT output allows analogue signals controlled by the volume, to pass on to a second amplifier. This
is useful for bi-amping.
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FACILITIES & CONNECTIONS
1
2
3
4
1
ON/OFF Button
3
VOLUME control
2
CD, TUNER, AUX1/HT, AUX2, AUX3, TAPE
input selector buttons
4
IR RECEIVER lens
5
6
7
8
5
LOUDSPEAKER OUTPUTS right and left
8
PRE, TAPE output RCA sockets
6
HT/AUX selector for AUX1/HT input
9
IEC MAINS INPUT
7
CD, TUNER, AUX1/HT, AUX2, AUX3,
TAPE input RCA sockets
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REMOTE CONTROL HANDSET
The universal remote control shown below enables functions from this and related units to be operated from a
convenient distance.
Equivalent buttons on the remote control have the same functions as those on the front panel of the unit. Other
functions are only available by remote control.
As the handset uses an invisible infra-red light beam, the front edge must be pointed directly towards the
receiver window at the front of the player, without visual obstruction between them.
If the range of the remote control greatly decreases, replace the batteries with new ones. Do not mix old and
new batteries – two are required, size AAA, LR03 or SUM-4.
Please dispose of used batteries in accordance to local regulations.
Amplifier section
CD - selects CD input (on amplifier)
TUNER - selects TUNER input
AUX1/HT - selects AUX/HT input
AUX2 - selects AUX2 input
AUX3 - selects AUX3 input
TAPE - selects TAPE input
MUTE - mutes speaker outputs
(until pressed again).
VOLUME ▲ - increases volume
VOLUME ▼ - reduces volume
CD player section
TIME – displays track time/time remaining
DISPLAY – dims display
0-9 Buttons – Used to select track
numbers
CHECK – check pre-programmed tracks
PROGRAM – programs selection and
order of tracks
CLEAR – clears selected pre
programmed track
INTRO – plays first 10 seconds of each
track
A/B sets repeat start/end to repeat
section of track
REPEAT – repeats whole disk or selected
tracks
SHUFFLE – plays back tracks in
random order
SEARCH – fast forward/backward through
track
TRACK – next/previous track
STOP – Stop playing/Eject CD
playback
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PAUSE/PLAY – stop/start CD
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OPERATION
Starting
Once all connections are made, switch on the unit, using the POWER button front of the unit. The MUTE LED
will light. Speaker outputs are muted for about 6 seconds, so no sound will be heard from the speakers. Once
the 6 seconds is up the MUTE LED goes out, indicating unit is settled, and ready for use.
Volume
The volume should be adjusted for normal listening levels. This is done by turning the volume up/down knob on
the front panel.
Adjusting the volume can also be achieved bying the volume up/down buttons on the remote control
handset.(see page 8)
Mute (Remote Control only)
The sound from the speakers may be muted by use of the MUTE button on the remote. Press once, and MUTE
LED will light indicating muted state. No sound will be heard from the speakers.
To return to listening; simply press the MUTE button again so MUTE LED is no longer lit.
CD
To use the CD input, connect CD player outputs to the CD input RCA sockets (see page 7).
Select CD input by pressing the CD button so CD LED lights.
Pressing the corresponding button on the remote handset has the same effect (see page 8).
TUNER
To use the tuner input, connect tuner outputs to the TUNER input RCA sockets (see page 7).
Select TUNER input by pressing the TUNER button so TUNER LED lights.
Pressing the corresponding button on the remote handset has the same effect (see page 8).
AUX1/HT
To use the AUX1/HT input as a standard input, move the AUX/HT switch on the back panel to the AUX
position. Connect source outputs to the AUX1 input RCA sockets (see page 7).
Select AUX1/HT input by pressing the AUX1/HT button so AUX1/HT LED lights.
Pressing the corresponding button on the remote handset has the same effect (see page 8).
To use the AUX1/HT input as a Home Theatre input, move the AUX/HT switch to the HT position. This input is
now unaffected by the volume control, allowing volume control on an external Home Theatre processor to be
used directly. Connect Home theatre or other source outputs to the AUX1/HT input RCA sockets (see page 7).
Select AUX1/HT input by pressing the AUX1/HT button so AUX1/HT LED lights.
IMPORTANT: Take great care when using the input in HT mode. Ensure that the volume control is turned right
down on the HT processor when first setting up. The HT mode is designed for sources which require their own
volume control to be used. Connecting sources in HT mode with no volume control could result in damage to
hearing and/or speakers due to uncontrolled loud sounds.
AUX2
To use the AUX2 input, connect source outputs to the AUX2 input RCA sockets (see page 7).
Select AUX2 input by pressing the AUX2 button so AUX2 LED lights.
Pressing the corresponding button on the remote handset has the same effect (see page 8).
AUX3
To use the AUX3 input, connect source outputs to the AUX3 input RCA sockets (see page 7).
Select AUX3 input by pressing the AUX3 button so AUX3 LED lights.
Pressing the corresponding button on the remote handset has the same effect (see page 8).
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OPERATION
TAPE
To use the TAPE input, connect external source to the TAPE input (see page 7).
Select TAPE input by pressing the TAPE button so TAPE LED lights.
Pressing the corresponding button on the remote handset has the same effect (see page 8).
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PROBLEMS?
Basic problem-solving with an amplifier is similar to troubleshooting other electrical or electronic equipment. Always check the most obvious
possible causes first, such as the following examples:
Problem
Probable Cause
Remedy
No power when POWER
button is pressed.
Mains power plug is not fully inserted into rear
socket.
Plug in securely.
Mute function is still active.
Press the MUTE button on the remote control to cancel.
Wrong connections between input sources and
the unit
Check audio input lead connections.
No sound
Check speaker cables.
Speakers not connected, or incorrectly wired
Sound cut
Loose connection
Check speaker and input connections.
Output overload or short circuit
Switch unit off. Check speaker connections for shorting
strands or wires. When all has been double-checked
reduce volume and switch unit back on.
N.B. Take great care when bi-wiring or bi-amping that
speaker bass and treble linking straps are removed; see
speaker manual for more information.
Sound is not precise,
lacking in bass and stereo
image.
Hum.
Speakers are connected out of phase, i.e.,
connections
to
one
speaker
(+ and –) are reversed.
Ensure speakers are connected with same polarity at
amplifier and speaker ends.
Audio connector plug not fully pushed in
Insert plug securely.
Cable Fault
Check cable is connected at both ends.
Unsuitable
(e.g. cable grounds not connected)
cable
N.B. Some esoteric cables have internal wiring
intentionally disconnected/modified. For best results on
all inputs analogue AND digital, please use good quality
screened coax; signal and screens both separately
connected at both ends.
No audio output, or too
low level output.
Incorrect or missing connections
Check connections and make sure they are secure.
Remote control does not
work.
Amplifier’s POWER switch is set to off.
Set switch to on.
One or more batteries fitted the wrong way
round.
Insert batteries correctly.
Batteries are flat.
Ensure there is no obstruction between the remote
control and amplifier front.
Remote control is not pointed directly towards
the front panel of the amplifier.
Interference from another source.
Change batteries for a new set.
Lighting such as fluorescent, incandescent, or even
sunlight contains large amounts of infra red radiation.
Ensure such sources are not shining directly on the infra
red window as this could swamp the signal from the
remote control.
Also check the system and any other nearby remotes for
stuck buttons.
Remote control range has
greatly reduced
Batteries are running out
Change batteries for a new set.
If none of these actions affect a cure, please contact the dealer, or an authorised Musical Fidelity service agent. Remember; never open
the case of the M3i, as this will invalidate the guarantee.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Output
Power
Voltage
Current
Damping factor
Output devices
76 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms (19dBW)
25 Volts RMS, 20Hz to 20 kHz; onset of clipping
70 Volts peak to peak
25 Amps peak to peak
36
1 pair per channel
Line input
THD+N
Signal / noise ratio
Input impedance
Frequency response
< 0.014 % typical, 20Hz to 20 kHz
> 96dB ‘A’-weighted
40 k Ohms
+0, –0.1dB, 10Hz to 20 kHz
Connections
Line level inputs
6 pairs line level RCA connectors
Line level outputs
1 pair line level RCA connectors, constant level TAPE outputs
1 pair line level RCA connectors, preamp outputs for e.g. biamping
Speaker outputs
2 pairs 4mm banana plug/binding posts
Power requirement
Mains voltages
115/230VAC 50/60Hz (factory pre-set)
100VAC 50/60Hz (alternative)
Consumption
320 Watts maximum
Weight
Unit only, unboxed
In shipping carton
9.2 kg (20¼ lbs)
13 kg (30⅔ lbs)
Dimensions
Wide
High, including feet
Deep (front to back) including terminals
440 mm (17⅓”)
100 mm (4”)
400 mm (15¾”)
Standard accessories
IEC type mains lead (10-Amp type)
M3i remote control
Batteries, LR03 or AAA, manganese alkaline type - 2 off
Musical Fidelity reserves the right to make improvements which may result in
specification or feature changes without notice.
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MANUAL HISTORY
RELEASE
M3i manual issue 1
M3i manual issue 1
DATE
th
8 December 2009
CHANGES
1st issue
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