Posted Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM PST by Dick Ward
The components are all packed with impressive specs and are drop dead gorgeous.
Some of us are home theater system type people and others of us step it up to separate components. Still others take things to the highest level and shell out thousands of dollars for very specific products like those offered by Simaudio.
The company's new Moon 810LP phono preamplifier, for example, does just what it sounds like. It's a preamp that's made just for use with a record player. It has a dedicated circuit board on a gel-based floating suspension, specific voltage regulation, adjustable impedance, capacitance and gain with plenty more to add. It's out next month at $12,000.
The Moon 380D digital to analog converter is built around M-AJiC32 circuitry that allows it to perform in 32-bit fully asynchronous mode. It's practically jitter free and features eight different digital inputs including USB, optical, S/PDIF on BNC, S/PDIF on RCA and AES/EBU on XLR. It's out in April at a price of $3,900 for the base version.
Finally, Simaudio has announced the Moon 180 MiND music streamer. It handles the usual sources for streaming music - your computer, internet radio, subscription based services, UPnP devices and a computer or NAS device. It supports a wide range of file formats and gives you the power to select, name and group zones. The Moon 180 will be available for $1,250 this April.
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