MOON has added two outstanding new products to its class-leading range of audiophile electronics. MOON by SimAudio has announced a 700i v2 integrated stereo amplifier and the 780D v2 streaming DAC that sounds like they will set new standards for audio quality. They are heavily priced but promise more than the price tag. After listening to the effortless MOON 600i v2, and siblings I will be looking forward to a listen of these fantastic products. (There’s a little bit of cutting and pasting in a minute!)
MOON 700i v2 Integrated Amplifier
MOON says the 700i v2 is the most flexible, most extensively specified integrated stereo amp they have ever made. Building on their 40-year heritage of designing some of the world’s finest integrated amps, the MOON 700i v2 is created to provide a lifetime of thrilling audio performance.
The 700i has 175 watts per channel of power, delivered by an oversized dual-mono power supply. It includes MOON’s ‘Lynx’ technology that eliminates the global feedback loop and ensures class-leading transparency and detail-rich authenticity of the sound (it says here). And, the 700i v2 can even contribute to an extensive home theatre system, thanks to the ability for each input to bypass the volume control.
Power output: 175 wpc @ 8ohms/350 wpc @ 4ohms
Frequency response: 10Hz – 100kHz
Inputs: 4 x RCA, 1 x XLR
Outputs: 1 x monitor loop, 1 x line-level RCA
780D v2 streaming DAC
MOON says the 780D v2 is the most accomplished digital-to-analogue convertor they have ever built: at the same time, it has a fully specced network streamer. An abundance of digital inputs, plus DAC architecture that embraces the cutting edges of digital audio (PCM up to 385kHz and DSD256) ensures the 780D v2 will make your digital music sound its best, no matter the source.
The 780D v2 is Roon-ready and features MQA decoding via every input. It has premium streaming services like TIDAL Masters, Qobuz Sublime+ and Deezer Hi-Fi integrated into the MiND2 (MOON intelligent Network Device) streaming module, which also allows any of the 780D v2’s inputs to stream wirelessly to other MiND devices on the network. Bluetooth aptX is on board as well as Ethernet connectivity to ensure absolute signal stability. This is reading like a checklist of all you could desire from a streaming DAC.
DSD and MQA decoding from every digital input
TIDAL Masters, Deezer Hi-Fi and Qobuz Sublime+ integrated
Inputs: USB, AES/EBU, 3 x SP/DIF, 2 x optical, ethernet, wi-fi, aptX Bluetooth
Outputs: Balanced, unbalanced • PCM bit-depth range: 16 – 32 • PCM sampling frequency range: 44.1 – 384kHz
DSD sample rates: 64 – 256
Both the MOON 700i v2 and 780D v2 are available in black, silver or two-tones finishes and come with a 10-year warranty.
These outstanding products are available in the UK now, I’ll hope to have a review as soon as I can, in the meantime read my review of the 390 streaming DAC, that was driven by the Moon 330A power amp. Also on my site is my review of the 600i integrated amplifier to whet the appetite.
MOON 700i v2: £13,000
MOON 780D v2: £13,500
Both are available at Renaissance Audio.
Hifonix also stocks MOON products. The feature picture is courtesy of Hifonix who have just unboxed the 780D v2 and put it with the MOON 740P pre-amplifier and an 860A power amplifier! Stunning.