Simaudio MOON 780D v2 Network Attached DAC Review

November 9, 2020 § Leave a comment

“But don’t be fooled into thinking this is one of those hi-fi components only really suited to hyper-clean recordings of the kind used for hi-fi demonstrations which, after all, just about any decent system can play well. Push it harder with the full-on attack of parts of Arabella Steinbacher’s Four Seasons [Pentatone PTC 5186746; DXD], combining Vivaldi’s familiar warhorse with Piazzolla’s less-known work on the same theme, and it does a fabulous job with the tango rhythms of the Piazzolla, both with the stabs of strings and the rumble of the basses of the Munich Chamber Orchestra. Then it goes on to drive hard with Steinbacher’s ‘take no prisoners’ charge through the Winter section of the Vivaldi, delivering it in truly thrilling fashion as those snowflakes seem to blizzard out of the loudspeakers!

Up the scale of the musical forces to a full symphony orchestra – in this case the Oslo Philharmonic under Petrenko playing Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Festival Overture [Lawo Classics LWC1198; DXD] – or some charging rock, and the ability of the 780D v2 to deliver low-end power and grip while laying open all that’s going above, however complex, is never in doubt.”

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