Moon 230HAD Headphone Amplifier & DAC


Moon 230HAD Headphone Amplifier & DAC



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Are you passionate about music and desire a unique personal listening experience, yet don’t have the urge to build a “full blown” music system? Are you looking for the perfect desktop solution for a computer based audio system? Do you already own a high-performance music system and have a craving to listen to headphones without making a compromise? If you already have a MOON system, this can be the control center for a secondary system. Or do you simply want to get maximum performance from your reasonably efficient, unbalanced headphones? The possibilities are endless… For any of these scenarios and more, the Neo 230HAD is more than capable of the task, whatever your needs may be. Based heavily on the reference 430HA headphone amp, the 230HAD features a DSD256/32-bit PCM capable Digital-to-Analog converter (DAC) that can be used with virtually any digital source such a computer, satellite TV receiver or Blu-Ray player, and offering the same fidelity as your main music system. Ultimately, the 230HAD fills an immense void in the current headphone marketplace, especially when considering its exceptional “price to performance” ratio. Today music lovers need a flexible high quality DAC, capable of both DSD and hi-res PCM. This multi-function product is more about affordable high-performance than minor features. A headphone amplifier, a DAC and a line-stage preamplifier all housed in one very stylish package. What else could you possibly ask for? And did we mention that the 230HAD is hand-crafted in Canada and comes with a 10 year warranty.

Significant design features:

Pure analogue amplifier includes a transconductance circuit topology
Inputs include 1 single-ended on rear-mounted RCA’s and  1 single-ended on 1/8” jack located on the front panel
Outputs include a 1/4″ TRS headphone jack on the front panel, as well as, both fixed and variable line-level single-ended RCA stereo pairs in the rear
An oversized power supply using 1 toroidal transformers in conjunction with 8 stages of DC voltage regulation (4 each for the amplifier and the DAC)
Digital-to-Analog Converter (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)
Rigid chassis construction to minimize the effects of external vibrations
Optimised selection of very high quality electronic components throughout
Low operating temperature for an ultra-long life expectancy
Includes CRM-2 remote control.


Output power per channel @ 600 / 300 / 50Ω 100mW / 200mW / 1W Headphone Impedance 20 – 600Ω Frequency Response (audible) 20Hz – 20kHz ±0.1dB Frequency Response (full range) 5Hz – 100kHz +0/-3dB THD @ 1kHz, 0dBFS (A-weighted) 0.005% Intermodulation distortion 0.005% Signal-to-noise Ratio 115dB Crosstalk 80dB Input / Output impedance 22KΩ / 1.25Ω Shipping weight 6.2 lbs. / 2.8 Kgs Dimensions (width x height x depth) 7.0 x 3.0 x 11.0 in. 17.8 x 7.6 x 28.0 cm


 on off  (Spain)  November 2016
 HiFi Insider  (USA)  October 2016
 Audiophile Apartment  (USA)  September 2016
 Stereophile  (USA)  Herb Reichert  September 2016
 Alpha-Audio  (Netherlands)  Yung Lie  September 2016
 Hifishou  (China)  Staff  July 2016
 u-audio  (Taiwan)  Staff  July 2016
 Sandal Audio  (Japan)  Staff  June 2016
 HomeTheater Tech  (Hong Kong)  Staff  June 2016
 Robb Report  (USA)  Alexander Lamascus  June 2016
 Classic Rock  (United Kingdom)  Paul Hendseron  June 2016  #223
 Hi-Fi Choice  (United Kingdom)  Ed Selley  June 2016
 Klub audiostereo   (Poland)  Marcin Olszewski  June 2016
 Sound Rebels  (Poland)  Marcin Olszewski  June 2016
 Sabre HiFi  (China)  Deng Guanqi  May 2016
 HD Fever  (France)  Jacko  May 2016
 Sound & Vision  (USA)  Mark Fleischmann  May 2016
 HDAV China  Deng Guanqi  May 2016
 HIFI and Music Source  (United Kingdom)  Simon Wilce  May 2016  (Russia)  Vladimir Chernov  April 2016
 AVForums  (www)  Ed Settey  April 2016
 AUDIO VIDEO  (Poland)  David Grzyb  April 2016  #311
 SoundStage!  (www)  S. Andrea Sundaram  April 2016
 Financial Times  (United Kingdom)  Staff  April 2016
 Hi-Fi & Muzyka  (Poland)  Staff  April 2016
 TechRadar  (United Kingdom)  Steve May  April 2016
 Fairaudio  (Germany)  Sebastian Eilzer  April 2016
 NeroHelp  (Russia)  Staff  March 2016  (United Kingdom)  Danny Phillips  March 2016
 What Hi*Fi?  (Russia)  Staff  March 2016
 Popular Technology Radio  (USA)  Jeff Dorgay  March 2016  p1 p2 p3
 The Absolute Sound  (USA)  Steven Stone  #260 – February 2016
 What Hi*Fi?  (United Kingdom)  Staff  February 2016
 hifi & records   (Germany)  Olaf Strum  1/2016
 on-topaudio   (France)  Pierre Stemmelin  January 2016
 Monthly AUDIO  (Korea)  Johnny Lee  January 2016
 FormiaTech  (www)  Stephanie Karr  January 2016
 CNET  (www)  Steven Guttenberg  January 2016
 CultureHD  (France)  Richard  December 2015  (Sweden)  Gustav Lindqvist  December 2015
 Robb Report  (USA)  Bailey S. Bernard  December 2015
 Hi-Fi News  (United Kingdom)  Andrew Everard  November 2015
 TED / Quebec Audio Video  Michel Dallaire  October/November 2015
 TONEAudio  (www)  Bailey Bernard  October 2015  #74


 2016 Top Pick of the Year  Sound & Vision  January 2017
 10 Best Headphone Amps for Your Desktop  Robb Report December 2016
 Best Headphone Amplifier 2017  on off  (Spain)  November 2016  #285
 Recommended Components  Stereophile  (USA)  October 2016
 Recommended  HI-FI Choice  (Great Britain)  May 2016
 Best Choice Reference – 5 Stars  HD Fever  (France)  May 2016
 Best Buy  AVForums  (Great Britain)  April 2016
 Top Pick  Sound & Vision  (USA)  April 2016
 2016 Editor’s Choice  The Absolute Sound  (USA)  March 2016  #261
 Best Headphone Amplifier  AVTech – Hi-Fi News  (Great Britain)  December 2015
 Exceptional Value  TONEAudio  (USA)  December 2015
 Outstanding Product  Hi-Fi News  (Great Britain)  November 2015
2.8000 kg



Class AB

Analogue Inputs

Single ended inputs (RCA): 5 pairs; 1 Mini-jack input (3.5mm)


1 x Pair RCA Pre-Outs



Depth (mm)



Coaxial x 2, Optical, USB

Height (mm)


high current output

±10 amps


Moon 230HAD Headphone Amplifier & DAC

power output 4 ohm

100 Watts

power output 8 ohm

50 Watts

speaker outputs

2 Channel



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