Listen-UpSimaudio MoonSonus Faber
Simaudio's Lionel Goodfield was his usual effective DJ self in the room in Colorado retailer Listen-Up was demming the Canadian company's gear. Digital front-end was the Moon Evolution 650D CD player/DAC ($8000) that Mikey Fremer raves about in the November 2011 issue of Stereophile; analog front-end was the ProJect Xperience Classic turntable feeding a Moon 310LP phono preamp; the Moon Evolution 700i integrated amplifier ($12,000) that Fred Kaplan enthusiastically reviewed for Stereophile last March, was driving Sonus Faber Cremona M floorstanding speakers ($10,000/pair). Cables were all Shunyata Black Mamba and power was sourced from a Shunyata Hydra.
Whether it was the ambient sounds and acoustic guitar of The Dead Texan on Kranky Records or the subtle cues provided by a chamber music recording featuring cello, piano, and double-bassif I could read my notes, I'd tell you what it wasthis system provided a mellow yet detailed, full-range presentation.