CP-8 Surround Preamplifier / Processor
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The MOON CP-8 is a genuine flagship Surround Preamplifier / Processor, aimed at the uncompromising provides enthusiast without price constraints. Designed with sound quality first and foremost in mind, the CP-8 a previously unimagineable level of sonic purity and realism from an audio/video product. A monumental obstacle that has been overcome by our dedicated engineering staff was the successful implementation of the most recent advancements in both HD video and digital audio decoding technologies. Coupled with our State-of-the-Art analog circuitry, the MOON CP-8 is foolproof yet simple to operate.

Nearly 2 years of research and development were invested into the design of the CP-8 by people who are passionate about, and inspired by, both film and music. The ultimate goal was to fully redefine the home-theater experience. The result can be best described as a flawless nerve center for the most sophisticated and high-performance audio/video systems, regardless of the source material. Each experience will leave you utterly breathless and yearning for your next home entertainment indulgence.

Exceptional digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters in conjunction with a heavily regulated and oversized power supply yields unprecedented soundtrack reproduction that the competition's offerings can only hint at. Add an ultra rigid chassis and a very carefully laid out circuit design, the result is the finest sounding multi-channel processor available today. When used solely as a 2-channel preamplifier for either digital or analog sources, astonishing imaging and a lifelike soundstage prevail.

Combining the finest available video processing hardware and software, located on circuit boards independant of audio processing, with a dedicated power supply, creates the most realistic picture yet; Color accuracy that can be best described as a truly organic experience. With the MOON CP-8 at the helm, there's no looking back. Rediscovering classic movies of yesteryear will be as enveloping an experience as taking in the latest BluRay release.

Of course, many of the signature features you would expect in a MOON Evolution series product are present: i²DCf, RS-232 connection, IR port and 12 Volt triggers for custom-install environments. Finally, a plethora of user selectable cosmetic options are available at the time of purchase.

CP-8 Photo Gallery

2-Tone view of the CP-8
Inside view of the CP-8
Rear view of the CP-8

CP-8 Technical Features

· 7.1 Channels with up-to-date HD audio and video decoding
· HDMI 1.3a inputs and output
· Three-zone multiple source capability
· HD Video Circuitry using 12-bit/216MHz encoders/decoders with NSV Precision Video using Faroudja
  DCDi video processing, 1080p video pass-through, and up to 1080p analog-video-to-HDMI upscaling
· Full-function programmable remote-control with touch-screen
· An oversized power supply with 2 transformers (1 proprietary toroidal for analog audio circuitry)
· Power supply voltage regulation includes 20 stages of i²DCf (Independant Inductive DC Filtering)
· 6 assignable digital audio inputs
· Secondary remote control for basic operation
· Hidden control panel allows for full operation and setup without a remote control
· 10 DSP simulation playback Modes
· Auto Surround Mode for Digital & Analog inputs
· 2 subwoofer outputs
· Three user-selectable muting levels
· "Auto Setup Calibration" (w/ microphone); Auto & Manual room calibration
· Audyssey "MultEQ XT" with "Dynamic Volume" and "Dynamic EQ"
· Crossover points at 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 150 & 250Hz in either 12 dB or 24dB steps
· Built-in AM/FM Tuner and RIAA Phono Section (MM)
· SIRIUS and XM Satellite Radio ready
· Short signal paths for a faster transient response
· RS-232C and serial IR ports for full custom external control
· Dual assignable 12 Volt trigger outputs
· Ultra rigid chassis construction to minimize the effects of external vibrations
CP-8 Detailed Specifications
Input Signal Processing:
Digital Input 1
2-ch DSD
Input 1
8-ch DSD
Analog Input 2 Analog
Frequency Response 10Hz-100kHz 4Hz-100kHz 10Hz-100kHz 4Hz-100kHz
S/N Ratio @ full output > 113dB > 107dB > 103dB > 104dB
Dynamic Range > 113dB > 107dB > 103dB > 107dB
THD < 0.003% < 0.002% < 0.05% < 0.005%
Channel Separation > 109dB > 103dB > 99dB > 112dB
Note 1:   EIAJ, A-weighted, fS = 24-bit/192kHz                 Note 2:   EIAJ, A-weighted, fS = 24-bit/96kHz    
Preamplifier - Audio Section:
Measured Performance
Maximum Overall Gain 10dB
Volume adjustment 0.5dB increments
THD   (20Hz - 20kHz) < 0.005%
Frequency response 20Hz - 20kHz   ± 0.25dB
Signal-to-noise Ratio 102dB @ full output
Analog input impedance 47kΩ
Analog input sensitivity 200mV - 3.0V rms
Analog output impedance   (RCA / XLR) 50Ω / 100 Ω
Analog output voltage   (RCA / XLR) 5 Volts RMS / 10 Volts RMS
Digital Input - S/PDIF 75Ω @ 0.4Vp-p
Digital Input/Output - Optical Toslink 660nm wavelength
Analog Input Connections
7.1 Channel   (w/corresponding video input) 1 x Single-ended   (RCA)
2 Channel   (w/corresponding video inputs) 6 x Single-ended   (RCA)
Auxilary   (w/corresponding video input) 1 x Balanced pair   (XLR)
CD   (audio only) 1 x Single-ended pair   (RCA)
Phono   (audio only) 1 x Single-ended pair   (RCA)
Digital Input Connections
Optical 3 x TosLink
S/PDIF coaxial 3 x RCA
Analog Output Connections
7.1 Channel   (includes 2 subwoofer outputs) 1 x Balanced   (XLR)
7.1 Channel   (includes 2 subwoofer outputs) 1 x Single-ended   (RCA)
2 Channel - Zone 2   (Preamplifier out) 1 single-ended pair   (RCA)
2 Channel - Zone 3   (Preamplifier out) 1 single-ended pair   (RCA)
Digital Output Connections
Optical 1 x TosLink
Preamplifier - Video Section:
Number of inputs 6
Number of outputs 4     (includes 1 for zone 2)
Level / Impedance 1Vp-p / 75Ω
Bandwidth 5Hz - 10MHz   +0/-3dB
Number of inputs 6
Number of outputs 3
Y signal - level /impedance 1.0Vp-p / 75Ω
C signal - level /impedance 0.286Vp-p / 75Ω
Bandwidth 5Hz - 10MHz   +0/-3dB
Number of inputs 3
Number of outputs 1
Y signal - level /impedance 1.0Vp-p / 75Ω
PB/CB signal - level / impedance 0.7Vp-p / 75Ω
PR/CR signal - level / impedance 0.7Vp-p / 75Ω
Bandwidth 5Hz - 100MHz   +0/-3dB
HDMI 1.3a
Number of inputs 4
Number of outputs 1
Bandwidth 5Hz - 340MHz   +0/-3dB
Preamplifier - Phono Section:
Input sensitivity 2.5mV
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz   (±0.5dB)
Signal-to-noise Ratio 74dB
Rated output 150mV
THD @ 1kHz 0.03%
Preamplifier - Tuner Section:
FM Frequency tuning range 87.5MHz - 107.9MHz
AM Frequency tuning range 520kHz - 1720kHz
FM - Usable sensitivity 1.0µV @ 11.2dBf
AM - Usable sensitivity 18µV
50dB quieting sensitivity   (stereo / mono) 23µV @ 38.5dBf   /   1.6µV @ 15.3dBf
Signal-to-noise Ratio   (stereo / mono) 72dB   /   77dB
THD @ 1kHz   (stereo / mono) 0.3%   /   0.15%
Miscellaneous Information:
Available Faceplate Finishes Black and Silver
Remote Controls Full-Function & Basic Function
Display Type VFD   (Vacuum Flourescent Display)
Power Consumption 30 Watts
AC Power Requirements 120V / 60Hz   220-240V / 50Hz
Fuse Replacement   120V   /   220-240V 4.0A short fast blow   /   2.0A short fast blow  
Warranty   (USA & Canada) 5 Years - transferable
Shipping weight 47 lbs / 21 Kg
Dimensions   (W x H x D) 17.4 x 7.75 x 17.34 in.   (44.2 x 19.7 x 44.0 cm.)
Specifications are subject to change without notice.