Headphone Amplifier

430HAHeadphone Amplifier

MOON Neo

The Neo 430HA is the new reference for headphone amplifiers offering genuine and acclaimed world-class performance.

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The Neo 430HA is a genuine "tour de force" loaded with numerous state-of-the-art features. This fully balanced, pure analog amplifier using a discrete transconductance circuit topology, selectable gain setting (14 or 20dB), an oversized power supply and a defeatable analog crossfeed circuit. Rated at 667mW at 600 ohms and 8W at 50 ohms, the Neo 430HA will effortlessly drive any headphone to its full potential. 

For headphone enthusiasts who desire perfection, the Neo 430HA is the ultimate solution. Borrowing various technologies from our more exotic and costlier Evolution series (M-LoVo, M-eVOL2) while incorporating the most advanced analog audio circuitry, the 430HA will achieve the very best possible sonic performance from your headphones. The optional DSD256 and 32-bit PCM capable DAC can be used with virtually any digital source such as computer for streaming music, satellite TV receiver or Blu-Ray player, offering the same fidelity as your music system. 

Of course, key features you'd expect in a MOON Neo Series product are present such as 12V triggers and an RS-232 port for custom-install environments.

Note: Available finishes are dependant on location.

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Technical aspects


Defeatable analog Crossfeed circuit for better 'spacialization' and listening comfort
Balanced Outputs hidden behind sliding front panel window (2x 3-pin XLR, 1x 4-pin XLR), as well as a 1/4" TRS jack, and both fixed & variable line-level single-ended RCA stereo pairs
An oversized power supply using 2 toroidal transformers in conjunction with 8 stages of DC voltage regulation
4 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. This circuit, found in the Evolution series 810LP Phono Preamplifier and 740P Preamplifier, results in a power supply with a virtually unmeasureable noise floor
M-eVOL2 volume control circuit using MDAC's (operating in a current steering R-2R configuration) which alter the audio signal's amplitude, yielding no sonic degradation of the signal, regardless of the selected volume setting. This circuit, found in the Evolution series 600i & 700i Integrated Amplifiers and 740P Preamplifier, offers 530 steps and channel matching of 0.1dB
1 balanced XLR input and 3 single-ended line-level inputs, including a front-mounted 1/8" mini-jack for personal media players
Optional DAC with four (4) digital inputs (S/PDIF x 2, TosLink x 1 & USB x 1) allowing for use with virtually any digital source; Supports DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 (USB input only); Supports PCM 16/44.4kHz to 24/192kHz (all inputs) and up to PCM 32/384kHz (USB input only)
EuP compatible eco-friendly power (less than 0.5W) in standby mode with defeatable 20 minutes inactivity "auto shut off"
12 Volt trigger output for remote operations
RS-232 port for (i) full unsolicited bidirectional feedback and (ii) firmware updates
IR input for external control
SimLink™ controller port for 2-way communications with other compatible MOON components
Rigid chassis construction to minimize the effects of external vibrations
Optimized selection of very high quality electronic components
Low operating temperature for an ultra-long life expectancy
Includes CRM-3 remote control.

Magazine reviews


MAGAZINE  REVIEWER DATE / ISSUE
 Suono  (Italy)  Staff  July/August 2016  #508
 Alpha-Audio  (Netherlands)  Yung Lie  July 2016
 HiFi Insider  (USA)  Michael Liang  April 2016
 Popular Technology Radio  (USA)  Jeff Dorgay  March 2016  p1 p2 p3
 Secrets of Home Theater & High Fidelity  Rick Schmidt  February 2016
 Inearspace.com  (United Kingdom)  Sonny Trigg  December 2015 
 Fullrange.kr  (Korea)  Staff  Decembre 2015
 Innerfidelity   (www)  Tyll Hertsens  December 2015
 Monthly AUDIO  (Korea)  Johnny Lee  December 2015
 Omnipotent.se  (Sweden)  Gustav Lindqvist  December 2015
 HD Fever  (France)  Jacko  July 2015
 TONEAudio  (www)  Jeff Dorgay  June 2015 - #72
 Headphone.guru  (www)  Eric Neff  June 2015
 The Absolute Sound  (USA)  Robert Harley  #253 May/June 2015
 Hi-fi+   (United Kingdom)  Chris Martens  May 2015
 Quebec Audio & Video  Michel Dallaire  April/May 2015
 Headmania.org  (Romania)  Dan Gheorghe  March 2015
 Hi-Fi News  (United Kingdom)  Steve Harris  March 2015
 SoundStage!  (www)  Brent Butterworth  March 2015
 Robb Report   (USA)  Jeff Dorgay  February 2015
 Forbes  (www)  Geoffrey Morrison  February 2015
 CNET  (www)  Steven Guttenberg  December 2014

Awards


AWARD  MAGAZINE DATE / ISSUE
 2016 Editor's Choice  The Absolute Sound  (USA)  March 2016  #261
 2015 Desktop Headphone Amplifier/DAC  of the Year  hi-fi+  (Great Britain)  January 2016
 2015 Headphone Amplifier Product of the Year  TONEAudio  (USA)  December 2015
 Wall of Fame  Innerfidelity.com  (www)  December 2015
 Product of the Year: Amplifier  Headphone.guru  (www)  December 2015
 Editors’ Choice 2015  hi-fi+  (Great Britain)   October 2015
 Rocky Mountain Int’l HiFi Press Awards  RMAF  (USA)  October 2015
 2015 Golden Ear Award  The Absolute Sound  (USA)  September 2015  #255
 Experience Audiophile - 5 Stars  HD Fever  (France)   July 2015
 Highly Commended  Hi-Fi News  (Great Britain)   March 2015
 2015 Editor's Choice  The Absolute Sound  (USA)  March 2015
 Publisher's Choice  TONEAudio  (USA)  December 2014  #68
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The Neo Series represents a true high-end heritage with an outstanding value. Its superb configurability, sound quality and versatility will seduce you from the start.

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