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Al Griffin  |  Mar 06, 2019  |  1 comments

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $5,300

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Excellent sound quality
Strong feature set
Good ergonomics and control app
Minus
Pricey

THE VERDICT
Simaudio's Moon 390 is a high-res stream machine that combines high-end sound with an extensive feature set and solid ergonomics.

Canada's Simaudio has been designing and manufacturing audio electronic components from its home base in Quebec for almost four decades. While the company's product lineup clearly skews toward the high end—a pair of its flagship Moon 888 monoblock amplifiers will run you around $120,000—the company also makes a wide range of other components with more approachable price tags. A number of these, such as the Moon 390 preamplifier ($5,300) we have under review here, feature the MiND 2 streaming module, a built-in network player that lets you stream audio from services like Tidal, Qobuz, and Deezer, along with files stored on a NAS or USB drive or computer.

SV Staff  |  Mar 06, 2019  |  0 comments
LG today announced that its 2019 “premium TV” lineup featuring the OLED and NanoCell LCD 4K/Ultra HD TVs unveiled at CES 2019, will begin rolling out this week in the U.S. and in LG’s homeland, South Korea with other countries to follow.
SV Staff  |  Mar 05, 2019  |  1 comments
Have you ever attended a concert plagued by bad sound? Or maybe the question is have you ever experienced a live show that sounded as good as your favorite recordings — where sound wasn’t muffled and favorite harmonies or guitar solos weren’t buried in the mix?
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Mar 05, 2019  |  2 comments
Your phone has a 100 million-times more computing power than the Apollo guidance computer that landed men on the moon! How many times have you heard that? In fact, that is probably a reasonably true statement, and perhaps even underestimates just how powerful today's phones are. But one thing hasn't changed much since 1969, or even since its invention in 1925 - the dynamic loudspeakers in the astronaut's helmet headsets.

SV Staff  |  Mar 05, 2019  |  0 comments
China-based headphone specialist 1More, which claims to have sold 38 million headphones in 25 countries since 2014, has announced a bundle that pairs its $100 True Wireless (TWS) earbuds with what is being hailed as the “world's first commercially available wearable phone.”
SV Staff  |  Mar 04, 2019  |  0 comments
Vizio is back on the discount trail, this time to promote “March Madness Deals” on a handful of HDR-enabled 4K TVs and two Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar systems.
SV Staff  |  Mar 04, 2019  |  4 comments
Nordost has introduced an upgraded two-disc set to help set up and fine-tune any audio system.
SV Staff  |  Mar 04, 2019  |  0 comments
New research from Strategy Analytics reveals that concerns over security and interoperability loom large for consumers who are considering buying a smart speaker. The report also found that, apart from early adopter “techies,” usage of smart speakers has actually gone down among many owners.
Chris Chiarella  |  Mar 01, 2019  |  0 comments
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Extras
A Star Is Born manages to rise above the nigh-unavoidable clichés of the music drama genre through the sheer, undeniable force of Bradley Cooper's love of his craft. Were this not already the third remake of the 1937 film, the potential cinematic pitfalls of this tale of frustrated singer/songwriter Ally (Lady Gaga), who struggles amid the boozy, druggy stumblings of entrenched headliner Jack (Cooper) would still be many.
SV Staff  |  Mar 01, 2019  |  0 comments
Luxman is hoping to reach a “slightly wider range of vinyl enthusiasts” with a new turntable that’s based on the highly regarded PD-171A turntable it introduced several years ago.

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