Melody Pro88 MKII review, July 2021
As a lover of analog reproduction, I was looking for a tube amplifier. Frank from A Tube High Fidelity told me enthusiastically that he had a new Australian brand in house, namely Melody. I didn’t know the brand, but of course I wanted to know more about it!
And the Melody Pro 88 MKII has been showing its tricks at our house for a few months now.
The Melody is connected to Sonus Faber Sonetto 2 speakers. I usually play LPs and my Goldnote Pianosa turntable is used for that. This turntable is equipped with a Donatello Gold cartridge of the same brand and is connected to the Melody amplifier via Blue Amp Surzur phono amplifier. A Lumin D2 streamer acts as a digital source.
Immediately after connecting and listening to the first LPs, the drive and power of this amplifier stood out. A stage also unfolds in which voices and instruments become truly separate from each other. A lot is happening in the 3D image that happened far beyond the speakers and even behind me. The whole thing is very pleasant to listen to. The lows and mids are more than sufficiently present, making the bass lines in the music very easy to follow. This is not at the expense of the detailing in the high. The whole sounds well balanced and with sufficient speed and micro detail.
Voices are beautifully reproduced with sufficient body and guttural sounds, as can be heard on the album “Sunset in the Blue” by Melody (what’s in a name) Gardot. This beautiful album, released by Decca, is highly recommended for every music lover. But something magical happens with the Melody Pro 88 MKII: an atmosphere is created that radiates energy as if I were there live. The sighs and guttural sounds make it extra exciting. This is truly enjoyable.
Several albums, both on LP and digital, have been reviewed in recent months and with this amplifier all music comes into its own.
Sound wise, this is what I was looking for. The music really comes to life. I can listen to this for hours on end without getting any kind of listening fatigue. I will enjoy this amp for years to come.
(automatically translated from Dutch to English)