Archive for May, 2016

MOON Neo ACE – the finest sounding all-in-one amplifier / digital streamer yet!

20th May 2016

MOON Neo ACE has arrived in the shop and we are smitten already! Digital streamer, pre and power amp in one beautifully sculpted unit; it even incorporates a moving magnet phono stage. Simply hook up a pair of speakers, connect to the internet and you are ready for music, lots of music.

ACE can do virtually anything expected of a high-performance audio component of this nature. Accentuated by MOON’s sonic signature – visceral tight bass, transparent midrange, precise natural highs – along with lifelike sound, plus countless features, the ACE will be the “heart and soul” of all your musical indulgences.

Featuring MiND (MOON intelligent Network Device) module which provides convenience and a full graphic interface, allowing you to effortlessly access your digital music library with power and flexibility; add TIDAL and an unlimited world of music awaits you.

The ACE is both intuitive and easy to use, with all new advanced set-up software, this is the most configurable and customizable MOON component yet. Bridging digital and analogue audio at a price-to-performance ratio that is impossible to beat, the ACE includes a high resolution DAC with DSD decoding up to DSD256 and 32-bit/384kHz PCM.

At the other end of the audio spectrum, a moving magnet phono pre-amplifier completes this incredible package.

Of course, key features you’d expect in a MOON Nēo Series product are present such as SimLink™, RS-232 and IR ports for custom-install environments.

For more information check out the MOON website >>

Retailing at £2,500 and available in our Glasgow and Edinburgh stores.

 

Rega Planar 3 – re-designed and revolutionised!

Replacing the multi award winning RP3 was never going to be an easy task. But now after two years of development, the all new ‘Planar 3’ is here following the biggest re-design in this iconic product’s 40 year history.

Every aspect of the turntable has been improved – ergonomics, usability and first and foremost, sonic performance. The new ‘Planar 3’ is truly a new turntable for 2016 carrying over just two components from the previous model.

Planar 3 builds strongly on its award-winning predecessor delivering a class-leading combination of sound, build and ease of use. To date, the generational changes have always been about steady evolution, with the aim of improving performance. But by Rega’s usual standards, the shift from the RP3 to this new 2016 Planar 3 is seismic.

Almost every part has been revised to give a proper jump up in sound quality and it looks a lot slicker too. It starts with the glossy plinth – available in black or white acrylic laminate – smarter and better finished than before. and more rigid thanks to a pair of phenolic braces on the top and bottom surfaces, strengthening the area between the tone-arm and main bearing.

That main bearing is redesigned to improve fit and reduce stress, and there are also upgrades to the sub-platter, platter, motor PCB and feet. Add a new tone-arm, the RB330, new bearing housing and redesigned arm tube and it’s pretty much a new design altogether.

Despite the scale of the upgrade, the 2016 Planar 3 remains what it has always been: a simple, well-engineered deck that puts performance first.

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