Description

world of music

Imagine a world of music right at your fingertips. The MOON 280D makes this a reality. Simply launch your favorite music services app on your smart device and pair it to the MOON 280D using Bluetooth technology. Then sit back and enjoy the music.

lifelike transparency

The extraordinary digital engine within the MOON 280D decodes native DSD up to DSD256, as well as PCM up to 32-bit/384kHz, including DXD. The fully balanced analog stage features an exceptional 3rd order filter for lifelike transparency. The result is a level of fidelity that creates an emotional connection to your music.

effortlessly for musical pleasure

Which ever way you use the MOON 280D, we are convinced that it will become the center of your musical pleasure. Of course, key features you’d expect in a MOON product are present such as SimLink™, RS-232 and IR ports for custom-install environments.

Optional MiND 2 streaming module

MiND 2 (MOON intelligent Network Device) is a fabulous way of streaming and listening to your music.

MiND 2 is Roon Ready and allows the playback of all the most common file formats, including DSD, and MQA file formats (via local files and TIDAL Master files).

Design features
  • Fully asynchronous DAC.
  • Supports native DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 (USB only).
  • Supports PCM up to 384kHz (32-bit on USB only).
  • 7 digital inputs (AES/EBU x 1, S/PDIF x 2, TosLink x 2, USB x 1 and Qualcomm® aptXTM audio for Bluetooth® x 1) for use with virtually any digital source.
  • Front panel LED indicators for active input and input signal PCM sampling & DSD rates.
  • Optional 8th digital input through our MiND 2 streaming module (via WiFi or Ethernet).
  • Analog stage: fully balanced differential circuit for increased dynamic range and headroom, higher resolution, as well as improved signal-to-noise ratio.

For MOON 280D equipped with MiND 2:

Specifications

Specifications
  • Frequency response (full range)
    2 Hz – 100 kHz +0/-3 dB
  • THD @ 1kHz, 0dBFS (A-weighted)
    0.001 %
  • Intermodulation distortion
    0.002 %
  • Dynamic Range
    120 dB
  • Signal-to-noise Ratio
    118 dB @ full output
  • Channel Separation
    116 dB
  • Intrinsic Jitter
    1 picosecond RMS
  • Analog Output @ 0dBFS
    2.0 V
  • Analog output impedance
    100 Ω
  • PCM Bit-depth range
    16 – 32 bits
  • PCM sampling frequency rates
    44.1 – 384 kHz
  • DSD sample rates
    DSD64, DSD128 & DSD256
  • Shipping weight
    16 lb / 7.5 kg
  • Dimensions (width x height x depth)
    16.9 x 3.4 x 13.1 in

Reviews

Conclusion

I really enjoyed my time with the Simaudio Moon Neo 280D. I feel it’s a world-beater at its price, with sound quality that approaches, and in some respects exceeds, those of costlier DACs. Yes, it’s more expensive than the Oppo HA-1, and doesn’t offer a headphone amp or preamp functionality, but that shouldn’t concern you if all you need is an audio DAC. Plus, with the optional MiND module, which eliminates the need for a computer, the Neo 280D’s value increases.

The Moon Neo 280D is a well-rounded DAC that handles all musical genres with finesse, but if your tastes lean more toward rock’n’roll and fusion, the Neo 280D may very well be the DAC for you. My default recommendation in this price range has been the Oppo HA-1, but the Neo 280D should be right up there for those looking for other options in that price range or higher. As for that market sweet spot that Simaudio is aiming for? I’d say the Moon Neo 280D is right on target.

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