Rotel Michi M8 monoblock power amplifier $13,999 Review

July 14, 2021 § Leave a comment

As I write this easy-to-write conclusion, I’m listening to an original pressing of Joni Mitchell’s Clouds (RS 6341). It’s not as murky-sounding as her David Crosby– produced debut, Song to a Seagull, which Mitchell recently remixed for the new 4-LP Reprise-era box set, but it still puts her in a warm environment in one channel with her equally warm guitar in the other. As my system improved, the sound of this album worsened, but more recently, as the system continued to improve, the album’s sonics have come out on the other side of murky to pleasingly well-detailed, warm, and cozy. The M8 delivers all the subtle sonic and musical goods this album can give.

Having the M8s in-house was a pleasant surprise and one of the most enjoyable visits made by any piece of audio gear that’s been here over the past 21 years—and for a change, it’s affordable, at least by my usual standards. Mikey didn’t like it: Mikey loved it.

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