MF A3.2 integrated upgrade
John is one of the gems of the hifi world! His knowledge of electronics, upgrades and the general industry is just staggering; he's willing to share it too, always keen for a good chat about your system and upgrade potential, a wealth of expertise and great advice. Not only has he transformed my A3.2 into a genuinely high end amplifier, with the performance of an amp costing several times the purchase price, he's also offered hugely effective advice and tips on other areas of my system including cabling and tweaks.
Basically that great phenomenon during listening whereby the system just disappears and jaws drop in disbelief at the realism of a great recording, now occurs far more regularly. Without a doubt the best upgrade I've made so far. When can JS upgrade the rest of my system!!? Thanks very much John.
MF KW SACD player
My KW SACD player developed a fault where it wouldn't read the CD's, then the CD tray stopped ejecting altogether. I phoned John and his reassuring knowledge of the player persuaded me to send it of to him to be fixed.
I'm only writing this review 18 months after having got it back due to a small daughter who would have pressed and prodded it in the existing equipment support, now it sits in a child resistant rack.
John has performed miracles on my machine, what was already a stupendous player is now in another league, the sounds have filled out in the highs, mids and bass. I'm completely blown away by what he's achieved. I also have an Audiolab CDT6000 transport and a RME ADI2 DAC which I can compare it to, they are no slouches either, all running through a Karan Accoustics KAI 180 amp and Anthony Gallo REF 3 speakers, John is a magican, no hesitation in recommending his services. Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant.
One very very satisfied customer.
MUSICAL FIDELITY A300CR POWER AMP STAGE 2 UPGRADE
In-short I am very impressed and completely satisfied with the difference the upgrade has made. John has simply worked wonders. The depth, detail and base especially, have improved significantly, to the point that familiar tracks physically made me glow and smile
Musical Fidelity A5 Amp. A5 cd player
I upgraded my Musical Fidelity A5 integrated and A5 cd player! First and foremost, to say that John is a genius is an understatement. He knows what he does and is an expert at it. I have been an audiophile for 36 odd years. During this period, I have had loads of gear as it is with most audiophiles.
I cannot name all the various brands I have had during this period, I have always wanted better and never knew when to stop, Long story short, somehow trying to explore the next level of my unending passion and hobby I came across JS Audio, it took me a couple of months before contacting John and was very surprised by his level of audio knowledge and understanding, the thing that struck me most was that he was not selling a product or service but genuinely looking to help you achieve the best you are looking for in your hifi journey.
I had hours of telephone conversations with him and finally decided to upgrade my Musical fidelity A5 integrated, it took sometime for it to arrive back due to Covid 19. When I received the Amp, a few things were very evident, the noise floor was amazingly quiet, the dynamics and soundstage are wider, vocals and voices have amazing clarity like never before, instruments sounded real and live-like but I have to be honest, I still wanted more, I changed speakers, cables, interconnects and powercords.
I called John and he explained to me that I just have to allow the components to settle in with time, I decided to send my A5 cd player for an upgrade as well and when I received the CD player back and plugged it in, wow, suddenly everything changed, I cannot describe it but its just only a few days that I got the cd player back but I thought I write this review now. Maybe after one month I will have to write another review. I had a stage 2 upgrade on the Amp and a stage 1 on the CD player.
If all those hundreds of reviews won’t convince you for an upgrade just give it a try and you will be pleasantly surprised. I have to also say that John is a very nice gentleman as well, I travelled a long way to meet up with him personally.
John also gave me some advice and tips on speaker selection and that also helped me a lot in my last speaker purchase. I am enjoying my music now and looking to send my old amp of the 90’s which I have cherished for many years for an upgrade soon. I don’t know what de does and how he does it but something is just simply right with what he does. The problem now is that I want to listen to all my over 1000 cd’s over again. Lastly, be warned that very good recordings will be excellent and poor recordings will be exposed sadly, that’s my experience as I go through my CD’s over again.
I’ve now had my Musical Fidelity M6 PRE amplifier for a week after a stage 2 upgrade carried out by Mr John Sampson. And I’m mightily impressed with the results. The sonic presentation is more cohesive – and better integrated – like a jigsaw with all the pieces in their rightful place.
In terms of details the bass is definitely tighter with a more rounded tone. Mids are a tad more forward with vocals better articulated – a delight for lovers of the human voice like myself. The changes to the highs are less obvious, more subtle but I can detect no harshness or tendency towards the brittle – always the bane of the top end.
All in all Mr Sampson’s work has really hit the spot. Don’t hesitate if you’re thinking of an upgrade to a bit of your kit – you’ll leave your treasured hi fi in the best of hands. I shall certainly be returning to him with my other Musical Fidelity pieces in the future.