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Musical Fidelity M8 Encore 500


Streaming Services, NAS Drive Compatible, Intuitive Operation, Huge Connectivity with 500 Watts power output per channel.


A little background info…

The Encore 500 is a complete audio solution allowing you to keep all your music in one place. It accepts almost any conceivable analog or digital audio source. It is also compatible with many network speakers, such as Sonos. There is a very clear, large, high-resolution full-colour display so you can see what’s going on.

The Encore is easy and intuitive to use. It has 500 watts per channel and a huge range of facilities; 3 analog inputs, 4 digital inputs, 4 USB A connections (one of which has high current capacity for charging phones and tablets), network connectivity, high-quality variable line level outputs as well as a digital output.

The Encore 500 has an inbuilt CD player and a 2TB hard disk drive for storage – enough for over 5000 CDs. The heart of the Encore is a powerful dual-core 64 bit Intel CPU with 2GB of RAM. This provides superb performance and allows continual upgrading of its facilities making the Encore virtually future proof.





Output Power: 500 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms


  • 63Volts RMS, 20Hz to 20 kHz; onset of clipping
  • 178 Volts peak to peak
  • Current: 90 Amps peak to peak
  • Damping factor: 180
  • Output devices: 4 pairs per channel
  • Input signal voltage: 0-7 Vrms maximum
  • THD+N: < 0.007 % typical, 20Hz to 20 kHz
  • Signal/noise ratio: > 107dB ‘A’-weighted
  • Input impedance: 40 kΩ
  • Frequency response: + 0, –0.1dB, 10Hz to 20 kHz

Line level inputs: 

  •  3 pairs line level RCA connectors
  • Digital inputs
  • 2 Optical S/PDIF (up to 24bit/192kHz)
  • 2 Coaxial S/PDIF (up to 24bit/192kHz)

USB sockets: 

  •  1 Front panel Type A USB2 socket (1.5A USB-BC 1.2 compliant)
  • 2 Back panel Type A USB2 socket (500mA)
  • 1 Back panel Type A USB3 Socket (USB-BC1.2)
  • 1 Back panel Type B socket (Factory use only)

Line level outputs: 

  • 1 pair line level RCA connectors, fixed level outputs gain = 0dB (x1) 7 Vrms output maximum
  • 1 pair line level RCA connectors, PREAMP outputs set by volume gain = -∞ to +13dB maximum 7 Vrms output maximum

Digital Outputs: 

  • 1 Optical S/PDIF (up to 24bit/192kHz)
  • 1 Coaxial S/PDIF (up to 24bit/192kHz)

Speaker Outputs:

  • 2 pairs 4mm banana plug/binding posts (1 set each left and right)
  • Headphone output: 0.25” (6.35mm) impedance 10Ω-∞
  • Network connection: RJ45 8P8C 10/100/1000Base-T

Mains voltages: 

  • 115/230VAC 50/60Hz (factory pre-set)
  • 100VAC 50/60Hz (alternative)

Power Consumption: 

  • <0.5W in standby mode
  • 58W idle
  • 1.6k Watts maximum


  • Weight: 84 lbs.
  • Dimensions (WHD): 19″ x 7 1/3″ x 20″

Standard accessories: 

  • IEC type mains lead 16-Amp type
  • Remote control
  • Batteries LR03 or AAA, manganese alkaline type 2 off
  • Ethernet cable
  • Quick start guide
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