here's little doubt as to which category Simaudio's MOON Orbiter universal player fits into. At $7,200, it is clearly in the high-end price bracket. But, once you listen to it, you'll immediately know it belongs in the top performance bracket as well—and that's the real mark of the high end. Its outstanding video performance also helps considerably in making that case.
As any true high-end component should be, the MOON Orbiter is built like a tank and stuffed with top-shelf internal components. Whereas most players use a couple of power-supply sections, the MOON Orbiter uses no less than eight. That fact might explain why this player costs what it does and perhaps provides an insight into why it performs as well as it does. Three top-drawer Burr-Brown PCM1738E 24-bit/192-kilohertz stereo digital-to-analog converters are also in play, along with the highly regarded Silicon Image Sil504 video scan converter. The MOON Orbiter outputs stereo and 5.1-channel SACD and DVD-Audio, and it provides progressively scanned video images.
The grade is purely for age. This was purchased in 2005.
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