Simaudio MOON 350P Preamplifier



MOON 350P Preamplifier - Front

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MOON 350P Preamplifier - Rear

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MOON 350P Preamplifier -
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Like all Neo models, the Neo 350P borrows aesthetically and technologically from the flagship Evolution Series. When married to one of our Neo power amplifiers, the combination is a true step up from the integrated amplifiers, providing you with even more of everything: stunning musical realism, dynamics, harmonic richness and accuracy. If you are a headphone fanatic, you will appreciate the extremely-well executed, high-end discrete headphone amplifier section.

The Neo 350P is available with two options, which can be included at the time of purchase or added later on. A high-performance and very versatile DAC is offered for connectivity to your latest devices: a computer, DVD/Blu-Ray player or an iPod docking station. If you have a love for spinning your cherished collection of vinyl, a fully-configurable MC/MM phono stage is also available.

Of course, key features you'd expect in a MOON Neo Series product are present such as SimLink™, 12V trigger, RS-232 and IR ports for custom-install environments.


$3,700.00

Significant Design Features:
  • An oversized power supply using 2 toroidal transformers in conjunction with 3 stages of DC voltage regulation
  • 7 line-level inputs (4 Single-ended & 2 balanced) including one front-mounted 1/8" mini-jack for personal media players
  • Discrete headphone amplifier circuit with the output on 1/4" TRS jack located on the front panel
  • One audio input which functions as a "pass-through", bypassing the gain stage to accommodate a component such as a home-theater processor, whose own volume control is used instead.
  • A full-function monitor loop
  • Fixed (single-ended) and Variable (balanced & single-ended) line level outputs
  • 12 Volt trigger output for remote operations
  • RS-232 port for (i) full unsolicited bidirectional feedback and (ii) firmware updates
  • IR input for external control
    SimLink™ controller port for 2-way communications with other compatible MOON components
  • A symmetrical circuit design
  • Rigid chassis construction to minimize the effects of external vibrations
  • Optimized selection of very high quality electronic components
  • Designed to be powered up at all times for optimal performance
  • Includes CRM-2 remote control



An important note about the USB input

The USB input on the MOON 350P's optional DAC accepts a digital audio signal of up to 16-bits/48kHz. This is the native specification of the USB input. However, if you require a higher sampling rate, there are ways to achieve this with the 350P.

Rather than including a USB input for sampling rates exceeeding 48kHz, we opted to provide the best possible power supply, D/A converter and analog stage in the MOON 350P at this price level. Also, keep in mind that USB wasn’t originally intended for use with hi-resolution audio; there are latency issues which compromise sound quality (i.e. jitter and phase errors, etc.). These could be minimized through dedicated costly circuitry, but this would significantly drive up the cost of the 350P without improving the sonic performance on any of the other inputs.

If you intend to use the MOON 350P’s USB input, it’s very likely that your computer is a data source for music. Today most computers with a built-in sound card will have either an S/PDIF (RCA connector) or Toslink (optical connector) digital audio output, thus eliminating the need for a USB input on the 350P. Furthermore, if you’re committed to getting the most out of the music stored on your computer, then in all likelihood you have installed an after-market soundcard in your computer. Virtually all of these soundcards have at least one S/PDIF, Optical or AES/EBU (XLR connector) digital output. At this point, USB connectivity becomes irrelevant. The USB input is there for convenience as opposed to performance.

In the event that you wish to use your computer’s USB connection with files greater than 48kHz, there are several relatively inexpensive after-market products; compact one-box USB-to-S/PDIF interfaces that will work with USB datastreams up to 24-bit, all the way up to 192kHz.

 

 

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