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Five line-level inputs and a user-configurable "home-theater ready" input
IR input for external control and a 12V trigger for convenient operation
Extremely short, capacitor-free signal path eliminates virtually all potential sources of interference for faster transient response
"At the top of my list of audio priorities is the elusive one of the emotional integrity of the performances… The paramount question I want a positive answer to is: 'Does this equipment convey the emotional integrity of the music, and does it aid or hinder my response to the music and the performer(s)?' By that standard, the Moons scored high."
-- Dan Davis, Soundstage Ultra Audio, on the MOON P5.3 Preamp and W5.3 Power Amp
The MOON P5.3 SE Preamplifier follows in the footsteps of the legendary and award-winning P-5. Representing a complete overhaul of earlier MOON Classic series preamplifiers, it employs numerous technologies from the advanced Evolution series -- the audio circuitry is based on the MOON P-7 preamplifier, for example.
Featuring five line-level inputs, a user-configurable "home-theater ready" input, an IR input for external control and a 12V trigger for convenient operation, the P5.3 SE Preamplifier offers a level of sonic performance and flexibility that the competition can only hint at. This is a differential preamplifier that is virtually impossible to beat at its price.
Independent Inductive DC Filtering (I2DCf)
I2DCf is a unique type of DC voltage regulation that Simaudio initially developed for the MOON Evolution series of components and has found its way into other MOON audio components. A stage of I2DCf uses one inductor, and is dedicated to each integrated circuit type component (DAC, Op-Amp, etc.) in the audio circuit’s signal path. This unique voltage regulation circuit achieves better noise filtering, substantially lower THD, improved channel separation and lower crosstalk, a reduction in jitter for CD players, and more consistent DC voltage throughout the entire circuit. The end results are a dramatically reduced noise floor, a dead quiet "black" background, a more realistic 3D portrayal of the recording and perfect level-matching between channels. Even higher performance with this Special Edition model
This SE version incorporates an upgraded volume circuit with a greater range of volume steps (0 to 99) compared to the original version (0 thru 50). Also unique to the SE version are tighter matching and tolerances for certain critical electronic parts.
Significant design features
IR input for external control (all discrete codes)
One line input which bypasses the gain control stage to accommodate a component, such as a home theater processor, whose own volume control is used instead
An extremely short capacitor-free signal path measuring only 10 inches in length from input to output connectors, eliminating virtually all potential sources of interference and producing a sonically faster transient response
An oversized power supply with 3 stages of DC voltage regulation
Open loop zero feedback circuit topology using absolutely no capacitors anywhere in the audio signal path
Power supply voltage regulation includes Evolution series i²DCf (Independent Inductive DC Filtering); there is one inductor dedicated to each integrated circuit type component (DAC, Op-Amp, etc.) in the audio circuit’s signal path - 14 stages
Accurate matching of the very finest high quality electronic components
Symmetrical circuit design
4-Layer Printed Circuit Boards with pure copper tracings for a much shorter signal path; this results in greater sonic accuracy and a dramatically improved signal-to-noise ratio
Extremely rigid chassis construction to minimize the effects of external vibrations
Improved reliability through the elimination of moving parts
Designed to be powered up at all times for optimal performance
Comes with FRM-2 remote control
Simaudio aims for nothing less than musical truth
Nestled in an industrial park just outside Montreal, Quebec, Simaudio has been manufacturing high-end, high-value music and home theater products since the company’s inception in 1980.
Beginning in 1997, the MOON Series has been the core and pride of Simaudio. MOON products have garnered numerous awards from around the globe and are recognized for outstanding build quality, sound performance, reliability and technological advancement. Every MOON component epitomizes sound quality that reflects a musical truth: to recreate the live musical event and draw the listener into the music.
MOON products are manufactured entirely in-house using state-of-the-art equipment. Electronic components are military-grade, and soldering techniques are of aerospace caliber. Simaudio also embraces “green processes” at all levels of manufacturing, from a stringent recycling philosophy to the elimination of hazardous materials used in the different manufacturing processes.
MOON components come with a 10-year warranty.
Power Supply Transformers: 2 x 10VA
Power Supply Capacitance: 26,400μF
Circuit Topology: Open Loop
Balanced inputs (XLR): 1 pair
Single-ended inputs (RCA): 4 pairs
Input Impedance: 22,000 ohms
Input Sensitivity: 200mV – 4.0V RMS
Balanced outputs (XLR): 1 pair
Single-ended outputs (RCA): 2 pairs (fixed and variable)
Output Impedance (RCA / XLR): 50 ohms / 100 ohms
Gain Control: M-eVOL
Signal-to-noise Ratio (20Hz-20kHz): 109dB at full output
Maximum Output Voltage: 12 Volts (XLR) / 6 Volts (RCA)
Frequency Response: 5Hz – 100kHz +0/-0.1dB
Crosstalk @ 1kHz: