Hi-Fi+ Products of the Year: Digital Audio

Disc players,
Digital-to-analog converters,
Music servers and computer audio
dCS Rossini,
Melco N1Z,
Nagra HD DAC,
Naim Audio SuperUniti All-in-One Player,
PS Audio DirectStream DAC,
Simaudio Moon Evolution 780D

Network Player of the Year: Moon Evolution 780D

If any product encapsulates change in the digital audio world, it’s the Moon Evolution 780D. Moon’s previous digital top dog of the Evolution range was the 750D CD player, and while this disc-spinner also featured a range of digital inputs, that wasn’t enough for today’s power users. As a DAC in its own right, the £10,500 780D can support digital inputs up to 24-bit, 384kHz in PCM and up to DSD256, making 24/192 and DSD64 replay a breeze. More importantly for today’s market, the 780D uses Moon integrated Network Device (MiND) technology as a high performance network player, both on a local network or to pull in services like TIDAL. Even in a fast moving market, there are brands playing a longer game, and the 780D is designed to stay the course, not only because of its outstanding build quality, but because it sounds damn good too! (Reviewed in Issue 129).

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