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I was wondering if anyone has any experience with there products, specifically the MOON 340i

http://www.simaudio.com/moon340i.htm

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My recent upgrade to the Dacmagic Plus leaves me extremely impressed with the difference I can hear, makes me want to upgrade my amp and seeing as its almost tax return time biggrin.gif
Edited by kiwwanna - 2/17/12 at 10:13pm
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No experience with that brand, but after checking online, that unit runs for ~$3300-3800, right? I can ask my dealer tomorrow, and see if he's had any experience with them. In any case.....

If you have the chance, I would severly suggest listening to it in person, although you can get other amps for around that price (or less!) that probably sound just as great! Just to name a few, the Rega Elicit, Naim Nait XS, Primaluna Dialogue 2 (tube), and Linn Majik-1 just to name a few. Or if you wanted to get a very nice tube amp (that I highly recommend), the Audio Research VSi60 <--- That is by far my favorite amp in that price range, it is the most non-tubey sounding tube amp you'll ever hear

Yeah, go listen to it in person if you can. If you can't, I would say avoid it, but purely because I believe in the whole 'listen-before-you-buy' policy when it comes to equipment in that price range! Sorry I wasn't much help otherwise, I'll post back after getting with my dealer. wink.gif
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Thanks for the response a detailed one at that, I agree completely that listening before you buy is a must! That makes it harder as in Nova Scotia Canada where I live we don't have a whole lot for higher end audio stores.

A lot of the time I use http://peakaudio.ns.ca so I can listen to what I'm considering. I see all great recommendations from many users that are probably amazing products, each and every one of them though I have no access to hear them frown.gif

Oh and I used the amp I linked to in store, I had it connected to laptop (mine) - dacmagic - amp - B&W 685's

the only difference in that setup to mine at home really was the amp, where I'm using a Pioneer Elite VSX 03THX.
I diffidently did like how it sounded, listened to some 40 minutess of various music.
Edited by kiwwanna - 2/18/12 at 6:07am
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I will second the recommendation for the NAIM stuff. I've listened to the NAIT 5i and their DAC and it has a very nice sound signature. It's somewhat "warm" as some people may put it. This is a sound signature that is very British and NAIM is very well regarded for it.

In a bit higher price range, above $4,000, I would recommend the VTL IT-85. Shown in the top left image of this site. It's a small amplifier that has incredibly detailed sound. Integrated amp, auto-biasing. It sounds awesome.
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I had the chance to talk with my dealer today, and check out the amazing DeVore Orangutan O/96, and unfortunately he also has limited experience with that particular product/brand. frown.gif Sorry
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well first, start surfing Audiogon to get the most bang for your buck, paying retail on audio equipment is unwise
most importantly though, you're looking at a $3000+ amp for your $600 speakers... speakers are paramount in an audio chain, if you're spending that much, ditch the 685's
as for simaudio, both integrateds ive owned (i-1 and i-5) were very neutral/resolving, compared to, for example, most mcintosh amps or like others said, naim, which both tilt towards the warm side
if you're keeping the 685's, id go for a <$1000 integrated off Audiogon/ebay/craigslist, there are A LOT of good choices, dont go into tunnel vision just because someone says one thing.. popular & proven SS amps include bryston, krell, musical fidelity, mcintosh, etc.
if you ask most people for advice, it'll either be hearsay or very biased, audio is SO subjective, there's too many variables (room acoustics being #1) and there's few people that have heard close to everything, the smartest thing to do in the case that you cant listen before buying is to do your research via google and buy second-hand to minimize loss if you end up selling
if i was in your shoes, i'd sell the 685's and add that to your amp budget, and buy better speakers... that way you'll have a stronger foundation, the 685's are decent for the price but there are much better values out there
Edited by koven - 2/18/12 at 11:38pm
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Yes, upgrade your speakers, or spend less on your equipment because the 685s are not proportional to the front end equipment you're looking at. You won't be able to hear what you're spending your money on.

I would say the Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum should be at the top of your list if you want something with tubes. I'm not sure what that SimAudio costs, or what your budget is, but the Cronus Magnum retails at $2200 but you can find them for $1800 or less. It is the best integrated tube amp in this price range. Most dealers try to avoid selling this thing because it is such a phenomenal amp at such a low price. Don't expect any dealer to recommend it to you, their margins on it are so low they hate selling it. It's an insane value for the consumer.

http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/rogue5/cronus.html Review of the base Cronus. The Magnum version has 90WPC vs 55 for the regular Cronus because they use different power tubes.

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Edited by Greg121986 - 2/19/12 at 1:24pm
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