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Old 02-29-2012, 05:55 PM
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Default Another solid review for Simaudio's 650D CD/DAC from Soundstage.com...

... winning Reviewers Choice award. This same unit got a glowing review from MF at Stereophile: Simaudio Moon Evolution 650D DAC-Transport







Here are Doug Schneider's concluding remarks:

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If Simaudioís Moon Evolution 650D DAC-transport were just another digital source that sounded like pretty much everything else out there, there would be no reason for it to exist, and certainly no reason for anyone to spend $9000 for one. What sets the 650D apart isnít so much its build quality or features (though those are very good) as its distinctive sound, which is like nothing else Iíve heard. The 650D was able to resolve the finest details -- itís hyper-revealing -- with the most musical and nonfatiguing sound Iíve heard from any digital source. The 650Dís soul is as analog as it is digital.

If those are the sonic qualities youíre after and $9000 is within your reach, you should audition Simaudioís Moon Evolution 650D DAC-transport before you buy anything else. The rest of us, for whom such a price puts the product in the category of pipe dream, can hope that Simaudio will, someday soon, trickle down the 650Dís sound to some newer, less-expensive models, so that we, too, can enjoy it.
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I like their gear a lot, perhaps another system for the store to be...
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Ivan...I agree. Top notch gear
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I have the 850P showing up next week. Had it built in all black. Look forward to experimenting during the spring...I have 4 preamps and 3 systems...will be figuring out the ideal one for each system. The shoot out will be the Moon 850P, Ayre KX-R, ARC Ref 40 and Ref 5SE. Looking forward to contrasting the 2 SS models and seeing how close the 5SE comes to the Ref 40.
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Looking forward to your results enatai252.
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enatai - Well, that is a write up certainly worth waiting for...

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I like their gear a lot, perhaps another system for the store to be...
Ivan, my P7 preamp never stops surprising me as it goes about it's business so easily. Aesthetically they're no slouch either.


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I have the 850P showing up next week. Had it built in all black. Look forward to experimenting during the spring...I have 4 preamps and 3 systems...will be figuring out the ideal one for each system. The shoot out will be the Moon 850P, Ayre KX-R, ARC Ref 40 and Ref 5SE. Looking forward to contrasting the 2 SS models and seeing how close the 5SE comes to the Ref 40.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:09 AM
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In the article they talk about the optional external power supply. Has anyone ever heard any of Sim other cd players with it? What's MSRP on it?

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