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Seriously musical sound

Experience a stunning sonic performance from every disc in your CD library with Musical Fidelity's M3CD. This impressive, slot-loading player serves up dynamic, impactful sound, revealing layer upon layer of subtle details that will have you exploring your collection deep into the night. How'd they do it? First, Musical Fidelity took the time to get all the technical details right — vanishingly low distortion, ruler flat frequency response, ultra-low noise, and low levels of jitter. But then they took one more highly important step, hand tuning the sound to impart life and musicality that go beyond mere technical perfection. This is the hallmark of all great audio components.

Classic good looks and cutting-edge technology

The M3CD's handsome, minimalist-style chassis is solidly built and beautifully finished. Its thick, extruded aluminum faceplate and heavy-gauge steel casework provide a strong frame to help eliminate vibrations that can adversely affect sound quality. Inside, a unique high-tech digital stream noise filter prevents digital noise from robbing your music of its sparkle and presence. Musical Fidelity also incorporated a filter-choke regulated power supply on the player's main power input. This filters out unwanted noise from the AC line and feeds the M3CD's five separate supply units, allowing them to work properly regardless of voltage irregularities. All of these careful steps add up to highly involving sound that reaches out to grab you from a dead-silent background.

Crystal-clear sound whether your CDs are bought or burned

A top-quality, oversampling 24-bit digital-to-analog converter extracts the finest details contained on your CDs. Oversampling also moves any digital artifacts to well outside the audio band, where the M3CD's carefully tuned analog filters can remove them without harm to delicate high frequencies. The M3CD can also play your home-burned CDs as well.

Refreshingly simple operation

The M3CD's full-function remote gives you command of the basics like "play" and "stop," plus direct track access, repeat, random, and program modes from the comfort of your favorite chair. It can even control other Musical Fidelity components, including the matching M3i integrated amplifier.

Product Highlights:

  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs
  • 24-bit Delta-Sigma dual differential 8X oversampling DAC
  • choke-filtered power supplies reduce unwanted AC noise for a low noise floor
  • repeat and program play with direct access from the remote control
  • forward and reverse skip and search functions
  • full-function remote
  • display dimmer
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs
  • stereo RCA outputs
  • signal-to-noise ratio: greater than 117dB (A-weighted)
  • channel separation: greater than105dB (20-20,000Hz)
  • total harmonic distortion: less than 0.003% (10-20,000Hz)
  • frequency response: 10-20,000Hz (-0.2dB)
  • total correlated jitter: less than 135 picoseconds peak to peak
  • detachable AC power cord
  • 17-3/8"W x 3-7/16"H x 16-1/2"D
  • weight: 14.6 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year (2 years with product registration)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Musical Fidelity M3CD Reviews

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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Single-disc CD player
  • 7' AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 2 White cloth gloves
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Installation Guide
  • CD Player Setup Notice
  • "Thank You" letter

Features and Specs

Disc Capacity 1
Disc Exchange N/A
Track Programming 30
Random Play Single Disc
Disc Naming No
Direct Track Access Remote
Direct Disc Access N/A
Remote Included
Display Color Blue/white
Multiple CD Player Control ---
Parts Warranty 1 Year/2 Years*
Labor Warranty 1 Year/2 Years*
CD-R Playback Yes
CD-RW Playback Yes
MP3 Playback No
SACD Playback No
CD Frequency Response 10-20k Hz
Signal to Noise Ratio 117 dB
SACD Frequency Response Not Compatible
SACD Dynamic Range ---
Digital Optical Output 1
Digital Coaxial Output 1
Headphone None

Product Research

Overview: The Musical Fidelity M3 Series CD player features a top-quality CD slot-load mechanism with an 8x over-sampling 24-bit digital-to-analog converter. The M3 Series CD player offers excellent musical, sonic, and technical performance. The CD player provides a virtually ruler-flat frequency response with low distortion, low noise, and low jitter. Its sound is smooth, dynamic, and inviting (without colorization). The Musical Fidelity M3 Series CD player includes both analog (RCA) and digital (optical/coaxial) outputs. An IR remote control is included for wireless operation.

Note: The M3 Series CD player is designed to be partnered with the Musical Fidelity M3 Series integrated amplifier (778M3IB, sold separately). This combination yields high-fidelity, audiophile sound. It can also be used with any home receiver or integrated amplifier which features either an analog stereo (RCA) input or digital (optical/coaxial) input.

Warranty Information


Rigid Chassis: The Musical Fidelity M3 Series CD player features an extruded metal front-panel, all metal chassis, and solid metal control buttons to resist vibration and improve overall sound quality.

Slot-Load CD Mechanism: The Musical Fidelity M3 Series CD player features a slot-load (inhaler-type) single CD mechanism.

Note: If a CD is ejected but not removed, the disc will be retracted back into the mechanism for safety after a few seconds.

Disc Compatibility: The Musical Fidelity M3 Series CD player supports playback of CD-Audio, and finalized CD-R or CD-RW discs (12cm only). Your home-recorded CD-R/RW discs should be recorded using the CD-DA standard.

Note: This player is not compatible with MP3, WMA, or AAC compressed audio files.

24-bit Delta-Sigma DAC: The Musical Fidelity M3 Series CD player features a 24-bit  Delta-Sigma digital-to-analog converter in dual differential mode (with 8x over-sampling) for precise stereo imaging and low noise. The M3 Series CD player provides a ruler-flat frequency response with low noise, exceptional linearity, excellent stereo separation, ultra-low distortion, and incredibly low jitter.

High-Tech Digital Stream Noise Filter: The Musical Fidelity M3 Series CD player employs a unique high-tech, digital-stream noise filter which contributes to its precise technical performance and musicality. This proprietary filtering circuit gives immeasurably small jitter, noise, and distortion artifacts - allowing astounding imaging, detail, and transparency. As a result the M3 Series CD player delivers all music types exactly as the artist originally intended.

Low Jitter (< 135 picoseconds): Jitter blurs the timing information of reproduced audio signals between your digital audio source and your amplifier resulting in degraded audio quality. The Musical Fidelity M3 Series CD player virtually eliminates jitter by re-clocking the audio data from the compact disc player to your amplifier. As a result, your music sounds warmer, precise, and more realistic - without the harshness and distortion caused from jitter.

5 Independent Power Supplies: The Musical Fidelity M3 Series CD player uses 5 independent power supplies for reliable and consistent audio performance.

Choke Filtration: The Musical Fidelity M3 Series CD player utilizes choke filtration on its AC input to reduce unwanted AC noise for more consistent performance and outstanding reliability.  


LCD: The Musical Fidelity M3 Series CD player features an front-panel LCD which can display total number tracks, total disc time, track number, and/or elapsed playing time. The unit's LCD has 3 brightness settings.

Remote Control: The Musical Fidelity M3 Series CD player includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the player.

Playback Modes: The Musical Fidelity M3 Series CD player offers Intro, Repeat, Random, and Program playback functions.

  • Intro: This feature plays the first 10 second of each track on a disc.
  • Repeat: You can repeat an entire disc or a selected track.
  • A/B: This function allows you to repeat a specific section of track.
  • Random: You can play back tracks in random order.
  • Program: Your can program the order of selected tracks (up to 30) on a disc.

Search Functions: The Musical Fidelity M3 Series CD player offers Skip, Search, and Direct playback functions.

  • Direct: Using the remote's numeric keypad (0-9) you can select a specific track for playback.
  • Skip: You can skip to the next or previous track on a disc.
  • Search: You can fast-forward or rewind through a selected track.


Analog Outputs: The Musical Fidelity M3 Series CD player is equipped with a gold-plated, unbalanced stereo RCA output for connecting the player to your home receiver or integrated amplifier.

Digital Outputs: The Musical Fidelity M3 Series CD player is equipped with an optical and coaxial digital input for connecting your home receiver or integrated amplifier.

Warranty Information

2 Year Warranty: By registering the Musical Fidelity M3 Series CD player with Tempo Distribution LLC, the CD player will receive a (1) one-year warranty extension to the original Musical Fidelity one-year warranty, for a total warranty term of (2) two years. Simply register the product online with Tempo Distribution, LLC within 30 day of purchase. 

Note: Visit to complete the online warranty registration, and then mail a copy of the original sales receipt to the following address - Tempo Distribution, LLC, PO BOX 541443, Waltham, MA 02453.

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