Musical Fidelity Titan 2-Channel Power Amp

Audiophiles know well the name Musical Fidelity, a high-end British manufacturer for more than 30 years. The self-proclaimed culmination of all that experience is the Titan 2-channel power amp.

Tipping the scale at 250 pounds, the massive Titan comprises two nearly identical-looking units, one housing the audio electronics and the other encasing the power supply, a design intended to isolate these two functions so the power supply can't interfere with the audio in any way. Each channel of the dual-mono amp is powered separately—in fact, the power-supply unit requires two 15-amp AC outlets and connects to the amp section with two dedicated cables along with a separate control cable.

Why does the Titan need so much AC power? Because it's designed to deliver a staggering amount of audio power—1000 watts per channel into 8Ω, 2000Wpc into 4Ω, or 4000Wpc into 2Ω, with less than 0.01% distortion from 10Hz to 50kHz. The internal signal paths are fully balanced, and both balanced and unbalanced inputs are provided.

The cost is equally impressive—£20,000 (just over $30,000 as of this writing). But if the Titan lives up to its name in performance as it certainly does in size, weight, and power output, I'd say it's well worth the asking price.

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K. Reid's picture

Wow, Scott...and I thought that the McIntosh Labs MC2KW had a lot of power - which you may want to consider profiling. I would love to hear one (or more) of the amps connected to either the YG Acoustics Anant Reference or the Magico Ultimate II. Can you imagine a full 5 or 7.1 system powered by these monsters. The electrical current requirements would be massive - as would one's electric bill.

james's picture

here comes the log in the punchbowl. I suppose any dolt idiotic enough to purchase this and think he's actually increasing audible fidelity over a well-designed/constructed A/B amplifier at a fraction of the cost is also daft enough to install TWO dedicated 15 amp circuits to ensure that this doorstop is "seeing" enough power. that's ULTIMATE, man!!!

james's picture

I CAN imagine that actually, Mr. Reid. I can also imagine spending a sliver of the cost on other solid-state amplifiers and you, I, or anyone else NEVER being able to discern any difference between the two in an ABX, even at reference-level SPL's. I'm all for the "Ultimate" gear, but much more when it reflect ultimate performance, not sticker shock. It is nothing short of wasteful and chest-beating to spend this amount on a component that will never deliver sonic goods that eclipse what can be had at a fraction of the price. Bring on the $10,000 digital interconnects while we're at it!

Gregor Samsa's picture

Of course james, you have never heard this component. As such, your opinions have no legitimacy.

Glotz's picture

Read Stereophile, TJN's sister magazine, and one he's written for many years. It has several related and direct reviews of the MF Titans as well as online. In fact, the sites look very similar as well. You'll feel very at home. Point is, the Titan's are complete studs in every possible parameter of audio. Several other lay people have also visited Mike Fremer's system with the Titans in line, and the results were amazing. Even a skeptic finally shut their traps for once, if briefly. If you can afford and can hear the distinction that MF gear provides, cheers. If not, join me in admiration, not admonishment. And agreed, If you have not heard this component, your opinions are not ligit. You need to speak from experience before you spout. (Thank you Ivor T!)

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