This is an elegant way of doing things. The Musical Fidelity combo appoints its CD player to be the centre of attention, with full CD playback offered plus DAC functionality. Given that a CD player needs a DAC, then it makes sense to offer additional digital inputs on it, as is the case here with the M3scd. The result is something that is easy and intuitive to use. It has one optical and one coaxial digital input, plus a USB port for hi-res playback from your computer – although this is limited to 24-bit/96kHz resolution. In practice, given that so few music files come in 24-bit/192kHz, this won’t be that major a drawback.
TYPE CD player & integrated amplifier
WEIGHT M3scd: 6.05kg
DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) M3scd: 440 x 100 x 380mm
Quoted power output: 2x 85W (8ohm)
4x RCA line inputs; 1x MM phono
1x USB digital input (up to 24/96)