hey Joey --did you ever consider a separate pre-amp and amp??-----rich
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Hi Rich, yes I have had many amp and pre-amp set ups. Recently, I have been enjoying the simplicity and savings of not having to worry about an extra interconnect, power cable, footers and shelf space. I think high end integrated amplifiers/preamps offer same performance as separates especially in my small room. If I was using this system in a much larger room I would have separates.
10-12-09: JoeyboynjI cannot agree more with the above. I have owned quite a few separates, though not top-class equipment but of good quality. My current integrated amp beats them all in terms of musicality and coherency. If the volume is not needed ie. efficient speakers in small to mid-sized room, good integrateds make a sensible choice.
Sorry, don't have any input on the Moon 700i.
According to Simaudio's site, there is no DAC incorporated into the Moon i700. There is also no mention of a USB port on the chassis.
Other than that, it looks like a nice unit.
Joeyboynj...i talked to my local Simaudio dealer and he said they are coming out with a DAC based on the 750D architecture (i.e., ESS Sabre 32-bit DAC with their asynchronous jitter elimination design) that should come in at the $3K range sometime in 2010. Their current new 300D DAC is based on the BurrBrown PCM 1793 DAC chip similar to what they use in their Moon CD 1 player. I am going to audition the 300D but my sense is it's probably going to be similar to current offerings in the $1-$2K range (Benchmark, Bryston, etc...). If the 750D is all it's cracked out to be and you don't need a transport, then waiting for the stripped down DAC based on the same architecture may be the way to go. At least that's how I am thinking about it.