Competition: WIN! A Music First Audio Classic V2 preamplifier worth £2,640 must be won!!!

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Competition: WIN! A Music First Audio Classic V2 preamplifier worth £2,640 must be won!!!

Hi-Fi+ has teamed up with Music First Audio to bring one lucky winner one of the most neutral preamplifiers money can buy – the Classic V2, worth a mighty £2,640!

A good preamplifier is hard to find, because the process of adding gain to the small, line level signals from a CD player or a DAC is patently hard to do without undermining the sound quality.

Music First Audio takes a different route. It does without the offending active line stages altogether, preferring instead to use a Passive Magnetic design. Passive preamps are not a new idea, but traditionally they suffered significant signal losses because of the lack of gain, not helped by using a series of resistors as volume attenuator. MFA instead uses extremely high-grade transformers in place of resistor arrays, and the signal losses disappeared. MFA’s Classic preamplifier – which was launched in 2003 – was a ground-breaking concept that exists to this day, but it’s the uprated V2 version (with larger transformers for even better sound) that we are giving away here.

This is truly a reference-grade product, for those seeking the ultimate in audio transparency, as one lucky reader will discover!


Music First Audio uses what kind of preamplifier design?

A. Active Bionic

B. Lazy Cybernetic

C. Passive Magnetic


Please send your answer – either ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’ – via email to, placing the words ‘Music First Audio Competition’ in the title.

Remember to include your name and address in the email. Alternatively, send your answer on a postcard (including your name and address and contact details) to “Music First Audio Competition, Unit 3, Sandleheath Industrial Estate, Sandleheath, Hampshire SP6 1PA”.

The competition closes on August 8, 2013.


The competition will run from June 6, 2013 until August 8 2013. The competition is open to everyone, but multiple, automated or bulk entries will be disqualified. The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries, will be contacted via email (where possible) and their name will be published in the magazine.

The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Absolute Multimedia (UK) Ltd. is compliant with the Data Protection Act and UK laws apply. Our policy is such that we will not pass on your details to any third party without your prior consent.

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