Well...... I must say MF only featured with HFNews.... not the rest. I'm a regualar subscriber to HFC and to say the least I feel a bit strange MF being omited altogether but brands like Krell/Bryston or even Sim Audio made it.
It's a matter of taste whether you like or like to bash MF's products. I've been using (or still using) quite a few MF components and I must say value for money, MF is sometimes hard to beat - but - again, Hi-Fi really is a matter of personal taste. very hard to say one brand is superior over the other.
The way I build up my current system is from speakers, as I've decided ProAc Response 1 SC fitted my requirements. I did auditioned Naim 5i and CD 5iwith the ProAc Response 1 SC to start off with, however, once I switched to amp to MF A5, there's no going back. The extra oomph of 250wpc makes the drive and timing better - I'm not saying Naim's no good - just my perference.
There're also a lot of debate about the worthiness of the small X's - X10v3, x-DAC v3 and X-PSUv3. (Hay, that's the last MF product being reviewed by HFC...somtime May05 issue?). I did use them, but reason being that I purchased the X-10v3/PSU for connecting my iPod. Then after my Copland CDA266 has given up the ghost, I purchased the Marantz (future-proof?), and i added to DAC to see the difference. The three pieces of kit do enhance the sound of CD replay.
So there's no right or wrong with MF - if you have MF gears and enjoy them, then what's all the fuss?
My System: MF A5 Integrated/Marantz DV9600/MF X-10v3;X-PSUv3;X-DACv3/NAD 533/Cambridge Audio T500/ProAc Response 1SC+Foundation Designer II/XLO Ultra Interconnects+coaxial