Moon by SimAudio has long held a reputation for being in the upper echelon of high-end HiFi Components—”The Best of The Best” would be an appropriate handle. So when it came time to rethink the upper tier of their audio component offering, what direction would they go? North, of course.
Hence, the new moniker, the North Collection—Moon’s latest line up of components that take design and performance to the stratosphere. This landmark range represents a culmination of years of research, with a stunning aesthetic surpassed only by improvements in performance.
The North Collection embodies the spirit of Canada where all Moon products are designed and built. Meticulously crafted at SimAudio’s Montreal facility, each product reflects the company’s passion for premium audio design and exceptional sound.
So without further ado, let’s head for higher latitudes and meet the New North Collection...
641 Integrated Amplifier
The Moon 641 is a thrilling entry point to the North Collection. And a delight to use with the revolutionary BRM-1 intelligent remote-control. While the main volume control improves on the celebrated MOON volume control precision, the BRM-1 remote brings the experience anywhere in the home with its ground-breaking touch controls, visual feedback, and lavish refinement. Moreover, its new MDCA (MOON Distortion-Canceling Amplifier) design features an independent circuit with precise signal correction to significantly lower noise and distortion, while the dual-mono configuration fills the room, delivering 125 watts into two 8-ohm loads and 250 watts into two 4-ohm loads.
681 Network Player / DAC
A beautiful 4.3-inch OLED screen that displays cover art with song and artist names, is the 681’s centerpiece, with the heart being the MDE1—an advanced re-clocking system with an innovative DAC implementation to convert audio with industry- leading accuracy. Equipped with a MiND2 network player, the 681 accesses music from TIDAL, Qobuz, Deezer, and more. And is compatible with Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, and TIDAL Connect. In addition, the 681 is Roon Ready, decodes all two-channel digital music formats—including MQA and DSD—and can synchronize with other MiND2 products to create a whole home experience!
761 Power Amplifier
The MOON 761 has one job to perform—powering speakers to their fullest potential. And it performs it with authority. Its power supply houses two custom low-noise 700 VA transformers with 152000 uF of capacitance and superior- quality semiconductors, guaranteeing consistent performance. This dual-mono amplifier generates 200 watts per channel into 8 ohms in stereo, doubles into 4 ohms, and features a switch to bridge the amps and drive 600 W into an 8-ohm load as a monoblock. The MDCA (MOON Distortion- Canceling Amplifier) builds on the design philosophy to eschew global feedback with a new circuit that reduces distortion and noise to previously unattainable levels.
791 Network Player / Preamplifier
The MOON 791 is much more than a preamp. It includes a high-end phono stage, streaming DAC, and a well appointed 4.3-inch color display. In addition to seven digital inputs (including HDMI ARC), three analog inputs, and two outputs (independently configured for variable or fixed volume), the 791 can host a USB drive, and features the Roon-ready MiND2 network player, supporting Bluetooth and AirPlay 2. Even the phono preamp supports moving-magnet and moving-coil cartridges, with real-time configuration via the menu system. Rendering digital audio is the MDE2—a re-clocking FPGA and flagship DAC supporting resolutions up to 32/384 and DSD256.
861 Power Amplifier
The MOON 861 is a power amplifier with the pedigree of the distinguished MOON 888 and the holistic design philosophy of the North Collection. The ingenious new MDCA (MOON Distortion-Canceling Amplifier) circuit resolves audio with the purest detail and pace. Its power supply boasts two 1,500 VA low-noise MOON transformers and 228,000uF capacitance with unwaveringly stable thermal equilibrium. At the flip of a switch, the dual mono design outputs 300 watts per channel into 8-ohm stereo loads, doubling into 4 ohms, or 800 watts into 8 ohms as a bridged monoblock amplifier.
891 Network Player / Preamplifier
The MOON 891 is the keystone of the North Collection with capability well-beyond a standard preamp. It comprises a streaming DAC, moving-magnet and moving-coil phono stage, plus, a 5-inch color OLED screen, displaying volume and input selection, along with album art and track information. Local libraries and internet streaming services integrate seamlessly in the MiND Controller app, with additional support for AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, and Tidal Connect in a Roon ready solution. Its MDE3 digital engine exploits a dual-mono pair of top-of-the-line 32-bit converters with femto-second clocking to expose the full potential of all two-channel digital audio formats—PCM, MQA, and DSD through a myriad of digital inputs. Operating the preamp, the BRM-1 delivers the same feel of controlling the refined 891 volume knob from virtually anywhere.
Outgoing Moon Components
The launch of the North Collection promises a host of new performance possibilities for Moon enthusiasts and newcomers alike. But it also improves accessibility to Moon’s outgoing line up. If you desire Moon sound, and who doesn’t, this represents a great opportunity to join the family at a very generous price point. To learn more chat or visit a ListenUp showroom near you.