Moon introduces 390 streaming DAC/pre-amp

Avid music streamers who also place importance on playback from various digital and analogue sources (and who have £4750 to spend) may well be interested in Moon’s latest product.

The Moon 390 is a well-equipped machine, comprising a network streamer, DAC, preamp, headphone amp and MM/MC phono stage. But unlike the company’s Neo Ace all-in-one-system, it doesn’t have amplification built-in - so it will need connecting to a power amp or pair of active speakers.

The absence of amplification aside, the specs are as abundant as you would like (and really should expect for its price). Thanks to the inclusion of the brand’s MiND 2 (‘Moon intelligent Network Device’) streaming module, and of the ESS DAC Pro DAC, the Moon 390 can playback a multitude of audio formats, including DSD (up to DSD256), PCM (up to 32bit/384kHz) and MQA.

Considering the MiND 2 is the next version of the streaming architecure found in the Award-winning, DAC-less Moon Neo MiND streamer, we'd reasonably expect it to perform well.

The Moon 390 also supports CD-quality/hi-res streaming via Tidal Masters, Qobuz Sublime+ and Deezer Hi-Fi for subscribers of those relevant streaming service tiers, has aptX Bluetooth for offline streaming, and is Roon Ready.

It’s good news for owners of existing MiND 2-enabled products too, as the Moon 390 can stream any digital or analogue source plugged into its inputs to other MiND 2 zones on the same network.

The Moon 390 will be available soon in a black, two-tone or silver finish, priced £4750.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10+ years in the hi-fi industry, she has reviewed all manner of audio gear, from budget amplifiers to high-end speakers, and particularly specialises in headphones and head-fi devices. In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.