CD Player

NovaCD Player

The Nova CD Player was our affordable followup to the Eclipse flagship.

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Launched in 2002, Discontinued in 2005

Based on the world renown MOON Eclipse CD Player, the MOON Nova delivered "audiophile" performance in a more affordable package with an internal upsampling rate that featured 24-bit/352.8kHz processing. The MOON Nova was intended as a companion source component for the MOON i-5 integrated amplifier. Alternatively, it provided superior performance when paired with virtually any other integrated amplifier or preamplifier available. Imagine the MOON Eclipse in a single chassis with an on-board power supply, a front-loading transport mechanism and single-ended audio circuitry.

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Technical aspects

Separate digital and analog power supplies using two toroidal power transformers
Seven stages of DC voltage regulation
Philips based transport mechanism 
Two precision matched 24-bit BurrBrown PCM1704-j "Digital To Analog" converters
BurrBrown DF1704 digital filter with 8X oversampling 
Internal upsampling with 24-bit/352.8kHz processing
Accurate 25PPM digital clocking system
A capacitor-free signal path using a DC servo circuit and proprietary 6db/octave analog filter
Pure copper circuit board tracings with extremely low impedance characteristics
Full-function Bi-Directional RS-232 port control and status for custom integration and automation
Separate digital and analog audio circuitry mounted on one circuit board, each with their own
respective ground planes, which minimizes signal path lengths and eliminates any potential for
interference and signal degradation
Extremely rigid chassis construction to minimize the effects of external vibrations
Accurate matching of the very finest high quality electronic components
A symmetrical circuit design
Designed to be powered up at all times for optimal performance
Low operating temperature to ensure a longer than normal life expectancy.

Magazine reviews

 The Absolute Sound   (USA)  Fred Kaplan  Issue 140 - 2003   (www)  Scot Markwell  June 2002
 Diapason   (France)  Thierry Souveaux  October 2002   #496
 Haute Fidelité   (France))  Laurent Thorin  September 2002
 HI-FI Choice   (UK)  Jason Kennedy  January 2003   #237
 HiFi Review   (Hong Kong)  Staff  December 2002   #198
 Son & Image  (Canada)  Staff  2004  Vol. 6 no. 1   LE Version  
 SoundStage!   (www)   Doug Schneider  November 2003   (www)
 What Hi*Fi?  (Russia)  Staff  March 2004   LE Version