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The Moon By Simaudio Neo 230HAD


The Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD is a charmer; inside of its trim frame you’ll locate a top of the line stereo preamplifier, high-determination computerized converter, and an earphone enhancer. To begin my assessments I put the 230HAD on my desktop, snared to my Mac smaller than normal PC and Adam Audio F5 self-fueled speakers. During the evening for more private listening I connected to my Sony MDR 7520 earphones. In both applications the sound was fresh and clean and for detail review, please check tech blog.

I additionally utilized the 230HAD as a part of my principle sound framework, with my Bel Canto REF500S stereo force amp, and Magnepan .7 speakers. The sound was spotless, clear, and wonderfully adjusted over the speakers. Still, it was the 230HAD’s earphone amp where I abided the longest, swapping between Audeze LCD-2, AudioQuest NightHawk, Beyerdynamic DT 880, Grado RS-1, Oppo PM-1, and Sennheiser Momentum earphones.

The Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD stereo preamplifier, high-determination advanced converter, and an earphone speaker.

To put the 230HAD’s sound in context I contrasted it and the comparably measured, highlighted, and valued Oppo HA-1 amp. With the Audeze LCD-2 earphones the HA-1 sounded hotter and more laid-back than the 230HAD, which I felt was more transparent straightforward, and exhibited all the more exactly engaged stereo imaging. I’m enthusiastic about clarity, so I favored the 230HAD, yet in the event that you ache for a wealthier tonal parity the HA-1 may be a superior approach to go.

The NightHawk is one of my most loved new earphones of 2015, and it sounded particularly sweet when I played Jiang Ting’s “Move” CD with the 230HAD (Ting plays a pipa, which is a sort of Chinese lute). The fragile sound of this instrument filling the acoustic space at Chiesa di San Colombano, a congregation in Lucca, Italy was just dazzling. I could very nearly connect and touch the pipa while listening over the 230HAD, the HA-1 relaxed the sound only a smidge.

Listening to Amon Tobin’s offbeat electronica collection “Bricolage” with the high impedance (600 ohm) DT 880 earphones the HA-1 was thicker and weightier sounding, yet the 0230HAD displayed a more straightforward sound that uncovered more prominent composition and thickness in Tobin’s music.

The 230HAD’s computerized availability rushes to one optical, two coaxial, and one USB information. Computerized designs incorporate DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256, while PCM abilities range from 44.4 kHz/16 bit to 384 kHz/32 bit. Simple availability incorporates one every stereo 3.5mm and RCA info jacks; altered and variable yield stereo RCA jacks, and a 6.3mm earphone jack. The 230HAD’s all-metal undercarriage measures a trim 7 by 3 by 11 inches (178x76x280mm), it accompanies a full capacity remote control.

The Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD retails for $1,500, £1,150 in the UK, and AU$1,899 in Australia. Moon gadgets are produced by Simaudio in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada.