Streaming DSD DAC

780DStreaming DSD DAC


Our new reference DAC redefines the listening experience in every possible sense. As the new state-of-the-art, the 780D reaches the pinnacle of digital audio playback.

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Being moved by the emotional power of music is a feeling one must experience to fully understand. The Evolution 780D redefines this experience by elevating it to an all new level. How? Through the use of a fully balanced dual-mono design using two DAC chips, each with 16 unique DAC circuits, that can decode virtually all digital audio formats (up to DSD quad and PCM 32-bit / 384kHz). The heir apparent to the world-class MOON 750D, the new 780D will unleash dynamics and detail that you never thought existed in your digital audio files.

Amongst the numerous and varied digital inputs is our MiND (MOON intelligent Network Device) network player that allows for DSD streaming over ethernet, as well as access to the TIDAL music service; a gateway to the largest online library of uncompressed music. Other internal features include our MOON Hybrid Power (MHP): a new, ultra-high performance power supply and a modular design to help make this revolutionary DAC as future-proof as possible.

Built like all Evolution-Class gear, the 780D’s chassis is made of aircraft-grade aluminum, with careful attention paid to minimizing vibrations. These qualities help the 780D portray an even greater sense of finesse, focus, bass slam and control. One listen is all it will take to be convinced.


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Technical aspects

Nine (9) digital inputs include USB (hi-res audio), AES/EBU, SPDIF (x3), Optical (x2), Bluetooth® with Qualcomm® aptXTM audio support and Ethernet/Wi-Fi.
Supports native DSD up to DSD256 (USB only) and PCM up to 384kHz (32-bit on USB only) 
Built-in MiND network streaming player includes TIDAL Music Service
DSD Streaming over Ethernet via MiND and USB
Fully balanced differential digital and analog circuitry in a dual-mono design
Femto second clock (vs. Pico second clock where 1 pico-second = 1000 femto-seconds): The result is much lower jitter - 150 femto-seconds (less than 1/6 of a pico-second) - and therefore lower distortion.
There is one DAC chip per channel running in mono mode for a true dual-mono design; each of these two DAC chips are programmed to process a single channel for the best possible sonic performance, whereby each chip contains 16 individual DAC circuits which provides for 8 differential mode DAC circuits.
On-board programmable software for customization of the end-user interface.
MHP (Moon Hybrid Power) is a “High Performance Universal (Power Supply” using conductive polymer capacitors, high speed digital switching and analog linear regulators post stages (non-switch mode) for ultra stable and exceptionally low noise DC output
2 stages of our M-LoVo (MOON Low Voltage) DC regulation circuit; a highly sophisticated circuit that is virtually free of noise, yielding an exceptionally fast, precise, and stable DC voltage. The result is a power supply with a virtually unmeasureable noise floor
Power supply voltage regulation includes 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; 4 stages in all
SimLink™ controller port for 2-way communications with other compatible MOON components
IR input for external control
RS-232 port for (i) full unsolicited bidirectional feedback and (ii) firmware updates
12 Volt trigger output for remote operation
A very short capacitor-free signal path using a DC servo circuit and proprietary 18dB/octave analog filter
Fully compatible with the 820S external power supply.
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
Ultra rigid chassis construction to minimize the effects of external vibrations
Accurate matching of the very finest quality electronic components in a symmetrical circuit design
Includes the FRM-3 remote control


Magazine reviews

 Australian Hi-Fi (Australia)  Steve Holding  July 2017
 Full Range (Korea)    January 2017
 Stereophile  (USA)  Michael Fremer  August 2016
 Australian hi-fi  Greg Borrowman  May/June 2016
 SoundStage!  (www)  Aron Garrecht  April 2016
 Audiotechnique  (Hong Kong)  Staff  April 2016  #415
 TONEAudio  (www)  Jeff Dorgay  March 2016  #76
 Monthly AUDIO  (Korea)  Staff  February 2016  (Korea)  Staff  January 2016  (Korea)  Ju Gi-Pyo  January 2016  (Korea)  Staff  December 2015
 hi-fi+   (United Kingdom)  Alan Sircom  November 2015   #129
 Music Emotion (Netherlands)  Ruud Jonker  February 2017


 Product of the Year: Finalist  Stereophile  (USA)  December 2016
 2017 Network Player of the Year over $1000  Sound + Image  (Australia)  October 2016
 Recommended Components  Stereophile  (USA)  October 2016
 Reviewer's Choice  SoundStage!  (www)  April 2016
 Exceptional Value  TONE Audio  (USA)  March 2016
 2015 Network Player of the Year  hi-fi+  (Great Britain)  January 2016
 Models 2 Watch 2015  hi-fi+  (Great Britain)  November 2015
 Best of High-End 2015  SoundStage!  (www)  July 2015