Owner’s Manual
MOON Evolution Series
W-8
Reference Dual-Mono Power Amplifier
MOON W-8 Dual-Mono Power Amplifier
Important Safety Instructions
1.
Read these instructions.
2.
Keep these instructions.
3.
Heed all warnings.
4.
Follow all instructions.
5.
Do not use this apparatus near water.
6.
Clean only with a dry cloth.
7.
Do not block ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
8.
Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves or another apparatus that produces
heat.
9.
Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding type plug. A polarized plug has two blades with one
wider than the other. A grounding-type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third
prong is provided for safety. If the provided plug does not fit into the outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of
the obsolete outlet.
10. Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched, particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the
point where they exit from the apparatus. Unplug mains cord during transportation.
11. Only use attachments and accessories specified by the manufacturer.
12.
Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer or sold with the
apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury
from tip over.
13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.
14. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any
way, such as when the power cord or plug has been damaged; liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the
apparatus; or the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
15. No naked flame sources, such as candles, should be placed on the apparatus.
WARNING: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK,
DO NOT EXPOSE THIS APPLIANCE TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
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Important Safety Instructions
(cont’d)
The lightning flash with the arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral triangle, is
intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated “dangerous voltage” within
the product’s enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of
electric shock to persons.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the
presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the
literature accompanying the appliance.
Marking by the “CE” symbol (shown left) indicates compliance of this device with the
EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) and LVD (Low Voltage Directive) standards of the
European Community
Please read all instructions and precautions carefully and completely before
operating your Simaudio MOON W-8 Dual-Mono Power Amplifier.
1.
ALWAYS disconnect your entire system from the AC mains before connecting or disconnecting any cables,
or when cleaning any component.
2.
The MOON W-8 must be terminated with a three-conductor AC mains power cord which includes a
protective earthing connection. To prevent shock hazard, all three connections must ALWAYS be used.
Connect the MOON W-8 only to an AC source of the proper voltage; Both the shipping box and rear panel
serial number label will indicate the correct voltage. Use of any other voltage will likely damage the unit and
void the warranty
3.
AC extension cords are NOT recommended for use with this product.
4.
NEVER use flammable or combustible chemicals for cleaning audio components.
5.
NEVER operate the MOON W-8 with any covers removed. There are no user-serviceable parts inside. An
open unit, especially if it is still connected to an AC source, presents a potentially lethal shock hazard. Refer
all questions to authorized service personnel only.
6.
NEVER wet the inside of the MOON W-8 with any liquid. If a liquid substance does enter your MOON W-8,
immediately disconnect it from the AC mains and take it to your MOON dealer for a complete check-up.
7.
NEVER expose the MOON W-8 to dripping or splashing of liquids and no objects filled with liquids, such as
vases, shall be placed on top.
8.
NEVER block air flow through ventilation slots or heatsinks.
9.
NEVER bypass any fuse.
10. NEVER replace any fuse with a value or type other than those specified
11. NEVER attempt to repair the MOON W-8. If a problem occurs contact your MOON dealer.
12. NEVER expose the MOON W-8 to extremely high or low temperatures.
13. NEVER operate the MOON W-8 in an explosive atmosphere.
14. ALWAYS keep electrical equipment out of reach of children.
15. ALWAYS unplug sensitive electronic equipment during lightning storms.
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Table of Contents
Congratulations ................................................ 5
Unpacking........................................................ 5
Introduction ..................................................... 6
Installation & Placement ................................... 6
Rear Panel Layout ............................................ 7
Connecting the W-8........................................... 8
Balanced Operation ........................................... 8
Bridged-Mono Operation .................................... 9
Operating the W-8 .......................................... 10
Specifications ................................................ 11
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Simaudio Ltd., 1345 Newton Road
Boucherville, Quebec J4B 5H2 CANADA
Date Code: 20120402
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MOON W-8 Dual-Mono Power Amplifier
Congratulations!
Thank you for selecting the MOON W-8 Dual-Mono power amplifier as a part of your hi-fi reproduction system. This power
amplifier has been designed to offer state-of-the-art high-end performance in an elegant package, while retaining all the sonic
hallmarks on which Simaudio has made its reputation. We have spared no effort to ensure that it is among the finest twochannel amplifiers available. We have been building high-performance audio equipment for over 25 years, and the know-how
gained through our cumulative experience is an important reason why MOON amplifiers are so musically satisfying.
Your new amplifier is a true Dual-mono design, whereby each channel operates completely independent of the other. The
chassis, power cord and power switch are the only parts of this amplifier that both channels share. The performance of your
W-8 will continue to improve during the first 300 hours of listening. This is the result of a “break-in” period required for the
numerous high quality electronic parts used throughout this amplifier.
Before setting up your new MOON W-8, we encourage you to please read this manual thoroughly to properly acquaint
yourself with its features. We hope you enjoy listening to the MOON W-8 Dual-Mono power amplifier as much as the pride
we have taken in creating this fine audio product. We understand the power and emotion of music and build our products
with the goal of faithfully capturing these elusive qualities.
The information contained in this manual is subject to change without notice. The most current version
of this manual is available on our official website at http://www.simaudio.com/manuals.htm
Unpacking
The MOON W-8 Dual-Mono Power Amplifier is a large and heavy component that should be removed from its box with care.
We strongly advise that you seek another person to help lift the amplifier out of its box, and place it in its final location.
The following accessories should be included inside the box with your amplifier:
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AC power cable
4 pointed screw-on cones (for the amplifier’s legs)
Four (4) protective flat dimpled discs to be placed under the screw-on cones
This owner’s manual
Warranty and product registration information (USA and Canada only)
As soon as the amplifier is safely removed from its box and placed down, perform a thorough physical inspection and report
any damage to your dealer immediately. We suggest that you keep all of the original packaging, storing it in a safe, dry place
in the event that you’re required to transport the amplifier. The customized packaging is specially designed to protect the
MOON W-8 amplifier from potential damage that may occur during shipping.
Please write the serial number of your new Simaudio MOON W-8 in the space provided below for future reference.
Serial No.: ________________
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MOON W-8 Dual-Mono Power Amplifier
Introduction
Your MOON W-8 Dual-Mono Power Amplifier incorporates many significant design features to achieve its “world-class” level
of performance. This is an abbreviated list of the more important features:
Proprietary “Lynx” Technology which eliminates feedback. The results are: Real-time amplification is achieved since
interactions from the speaker back to the amplifier are virtually eliminated; More accurate musical reproduction with
respect to tonality; Virtually non-existent transient intermodulation distortion (which is far more degrading to sonic
performance than harmonic distortion); The elimination of common phase errors resulting from feedback.
A custom proprietary toroidal transformer design with lower magnetic, electrical and thermal loss, yielding an
improved power transfer and lower regulation factor, resulting in increased current speed and better dynamics.
Fully balanced differential circuitry up to the output stage.
Output stable to any known speaker impedance.
Class A output to 5 watts for greater efficiency.
An oversized power supply.
An exceptionally short signal path for a faster transient response.
Precision matched, fully decoupled Bipolar output devices yielding superb linearity across the entire audio spectrum.
A high damping factor which yields superior musical dynamics, improved signal speed and refined timbre accuracy.
Extremely rigid chassis construction to minimize the effects of external vibrations.
Accurate matching of the very finest high quality electronic components.
Pure copper circuit board tracings with extremely low impedance characteristics.
Designed to be powered up at all times for optimal performance.
Installation & Placement
The MOON W-8 Dual-Mono power amplifier is both powerful and heavy. It requires reasonable ventilation to maintain an
optimum and consistent operating temperature, especially since it will radiate heat when driven hard. Consequently, it should
be placed in a location with empty space around it for proper heat dissipation. You should never place another component on
top of this amplifier. As well, the amplifier should be placed on a solid level surface. You should avoid placing it near a heat
source or inside a closed cabinet that is not well ventilated as this could compromise the amplifier’s performance and
reliability. The W-8 uses two large toroidal transformers in its power supply; even though they are well shielded, you should
not place this amplifier too close to source components sensitive to EMI, such as turntables, phono preamplifiers and CD
Players.
Once you have decided on a location for your W-8, you should install the four (4) pointed screw-on cones into the threaded
holes located on the bottom of the four (4) corner posts of the chassis. These tips will easily scratch most surfaces, therefore
it’s advisable to follow these steps: Place your W-8 on a soft surface (i.e. carpet) and carefully turn it so that it rests on its
side. Screw one cone onto each of the four posts. Carefully move your W-8 to it’s pre-determined location.
In the event that the surface you have chosen isn’t perfectly level, each of the four (4) cones of your W-8 are height
adjustable; carefully using your fingers, you can either raise each leg by turning the cone underneath clockwise, or lower each
leg by turning it counterclockwise.
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Rear Panel Layout
Figure 1: Rear panel of Moon W-8 Dual-Mono Amplifier
The rear panel will look similar to Figure 1 (above). Each channel has one balanced (differential) input on an XLR connector
and one unbalanced (single-ended) input on a RCA connector. There is no switch to toggle from balanced mode to singleended mode. You may operate the amplifier in either mode, but only one mode at one time for each channel. In the event
that you’re using the balanced XLR inputs, you must first remove the factory installed “dummy” XLR jumpers (see
figure 2 below) from the back panel XLR connectors and store them in a safe place. These jumpers are required ONLY when
using the single-ended RCA inputs. In the event that you decide to switch to single-ended input mode, you must reinstall the
XLR jumpers (between pins 1 and 3) exactly as show below:
Figure 2: XLR connector without and with jumper accessory
There are two pairs of heavy duty gold-plated speaker binding posts for each channel to accommodate bi-wiring. They are
each labelled “Speaker Output 1” and “Speaker Output 2”.
The upper mid-section has an RS-232 input on a DB9 connector. To the right of this connector are two 12 Volt triggers, each
on a 1/8” mini-jack; one input and one output, the latter for use in the event that wish you to “daisy chain” a second power
amplifier on the same trigger circuit. The lower mid-section has from left to right; the “AC Fuse” socket cover; the power
“main switch”; and the “AC Input” IEC receptacle for the power cord.
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Connecting the W-8
Prior to making any connections or removing the XLR jumpers, the power amplifier must be turned off and the AC cable
disconnected for at least 1 minute.
1.
Connect the input cables running from your preamplifier’s outputs, whether balanced or single-ended, to the amplifier’ s
XLR or RCA inputs respectively. We highly recommend that you use the balanced XLR inputs (provided that your
preamplifier has balanced outputs) to take full advantage of MOON W-8 Dual-Mono power amplifier’s capabilities.
Please refer to the next section “Balanced Operation” on for further information.
Do not connect cables to both the XLR and RCA inputs at the same time. Damage to both the W-8 and the connected
equipment can result that is not covered by warranty.
Don’t hesitate to use high quality interconnect cables. Poor quality interconnect cables can degrade the overall sonic
performance of your system. It is recommended, though not mandatory, to use balanced interconnects between your
preamplifier and the W-8 when using long cable runs (i.e. more than 3 meters in length).
2.
Connect your speakers, with the cables of your choice, to the W-8’s speaker binding posts. Take care to respect the
polarity (“+” , “-” ) of the output. Once again, don’t hesitate to use high quality speaker cables. Poor quality speaker
cables can degrade the overall sonic performance of your system. Both pairs of speaker connectors on each channel are
connected together. Consequently, it doesn’t matter which pair you use.
3.
Connect the supplied AC power cable to the IEC receptacle, located on the amplifier’s rear panel. Ensure that the AC wall
outlet you use has a functioning ground. For the best sonic performance, it is preferable that you plug your W-8 directly
into a dedicated AC outlet and avoid using an extension cord. If you have the time and willingness, consider installing a
superior quality AC wall outlet such as a hospital grade Hubbell.
4.
In order to obtain the maximum performance from your audio system, we strongly recommend that the detachable
power cord not come into physical contact with either the interconnect cables or the speaker cables running to and from
your W-8. In the event that this can’t be avoided, you should ensure that any cables coming into contact with each
other are crossed at ninety degree angles to minimize the contact area.
Balanced Operation
When using an unbalanced interconnect, the audio signal runs through both the center wire and the shield/ground wire. Any
noise picked up by this interconnect (ie. nearby magnetic fields such as an AC power cord) will be reproduced by the
amplifier and heard through the loudspeakers. Conversely, a balanced interconnect has three separate conductors; one for
the ground and two for the actual signal. These two signals are identical except that one is 180 degrees out of phase with the
other. For example, when one conductor is carrying a signal of +5 Volts, the other will be carrying a signal of –5 Volts. When
these two inverted signals on a balanced line are input into a differential power amplifier such as the MOON W-8, any noise
picked up by the interconnect will be eliminated since a differential circuit amplifies only the difference between these two
signals: Noise on a balanced interconnect will be equal on both conductors and therefore not be processed.
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Bridged-Mono Operation
Figure 3: Bridged-Mono operation of the MOON W-8 Dual-Mono Amplifier
In the event that you wish to operate the MOON W-8 Dual-Mono Power Amplifier as a monoblock amplifier, it can be
converted to bridged mode without any complex modifications. Only a Simaudio XLR-BRIDGE Y-cable is required. This custom
cable will allow one input signal to be sent to both channels of the amplifier’s inputs, as pictured above in Figure 3. One lead
from the “Y” adapter must plug into right channel input and the other lead must plug into left channel input. As well, you
must use the positive terminal of each output binding post (exactly as in figure 3) for the loudspeaker connection. If you are
unsure about how to accomplish a bridged-mono mode of operation, don’t hesitate to contact your Simaudio MOON dealer.
The MOON W-8 produces 1000 watts of output power at 8 ohms for a single channel when operating in bridged-mono mode.
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Operating the W-8
We recommend that you leave your MOON W-8 Dual-Mono power amplifier powered up at all times to maintain optimal
performance. In the event that you plan to be away from your home for a few days, powering off the amplifier may not be a
bad idea. Once fully “broken-in”, please keep in mind that your W-8 will require several hours of playing time before it
reaches its peak performance after you’ve powered it up again.
Turning on your MOON W-8 for the first time
Prior to turning the amplifier on for the first time, make sure that every cable is properly connected to avoid any problems.
Then turn on your preamplifier connected to the W-8. Finally, power up your W-8 in the following manner:
1)
On the rear panel, flick the main rocker switch labeled “MAIN POWER” to the ‘1’ (on) position. The blue LED on
the front panel will blink for up to 10 seconds while it achieves standby mode. When it stops blinking and is not
illuminated, your W-8 is in standby mode.
2)
Next, momentarily press the push button labeled “Power” located on the front panel. Your W-8 will make a
very faint click sound, confirming that everything is in order. The blue LED on the front panel will illuminate,
indicating that the W-8 is now powered up and ready for use.
On and Off Sequence
To avoid having any annoying noises (ie. “thumps” and “pops”) emanate from your speakers when powering your W-8 on or
off, you should always power up your preamplifier prior to powering up your W-8. As well, always power down your W-8
prior to powering down your preamplifier.
Troubleshooting
The blue LED located on the front panel also indicates the operational status of your MOON W-8 Dual-Mono power amplifier.
In the event that it starts blinking on and off during use, the circuitry is either over-heating or has detected the presence of
DC in the input signal:
Left Channel DC protection ..................
Right Channel DC protection ................
Left Channel Over-heating ....................
Right Channel Over-heating .................
Unknown Problem ...............................
LED
LED
LED
LED
LED
blinks
blinks
blinks
blinks
blinks
2
3
4
5
6
times
times
times
times
times
Your MOON W-8 is a “smart” power amplifier equipped with a self-diagnostic system that will automatically shut itself down
when it detects DC (direct current) from any input. If your W-8 power amplifier turns itself off or will not power up, there
may very well be DC present in one (or more) of the amplifier’s inputs coming from one (or more) of your
preamplifier/processor’s outputs or connected source components. You must determine if there is any DC present. The best
way to accomplish this is by first powering down the W-8 via the main power rocker switch, then physically removing all
inputs to the W-8 leaving only the speakers connected. Attempt to power up your W-8 again: A successful power up will
indicate the presence of DC coming from your preamplifier or one of your signal sources (ie. CD Player).
If your W-8 still doesn’t power up, turn off the main power switch and check the AC fuse. If the fuse appears OK, put it back
in its socket and then try to power up again the usual way. If the fuse is blown, replace it with a fuse of the same rating, and
repeat the above process. At this point, you should be able to power up your W-8. If not, immediately consult your dealer
for assistance.
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Specifications
Configuration .........................................................
Power Supply Transformers ....................................
Power Supply Capacitance ......................................
Class Of Operation .................................................
Design ....................................................................
Input Impedance ...................................................
Input Sensitivity .....................................................
Output Device Type ................................................
Output Power at 8Ω ...............................................
Output Power at 4Ω ..............................................
Output Power at 2Ω ..............................................
Output Power – Bridged Mono at 8Ω .......................
Frequency Response ..............................................
Output Impedance .................................................
Damping Factor (static) .........................................
Gain ......................................................................
Signal-to-noise Ratio ..............................................
Maximum Output Voltage .......................................
Slew Rate ..............................................................
Maximum Current – Peak ........................................
Maximum Current – Continuous ..............................
Crosstalk @ 1kHz ...................................................
Intermodulation Distortion ......................................
THD (20Hz - 20kHz @ 1 watt) ................................
THD (20Hz - 20kHz @ 250 watts) ..........................
Power Consumption @ idle .....................................
AC Power Requirements .........................................
Shipping Weight .....................................................
Dimensions (W x H x D, inches) ..............................
Dual Mono
2 x 1.3kVA
240,000µF
A/AB
Fully Balanced Differential to output stage
47,500Ω
1260mV
Bipolars - 16 per channel
250 Watts per channel
500 Watts per channel
1000 Watts per channel
1000 Watts
10Hz - 200kHz +0/-3dB
0.01Ω
800
31dB
> 106dB @ full power
50 Volts
42V/µs
64 amperes
26 amperes
-105dB
Unmeasureable
< 0.015 %
< 0.04 %
48 Watts
120V / 60Hz or 240V / 50Hz
92 lbs / 42 Kgs
18.75 x 7.5 x 16.5
Balanced Pin Assignment: Pin 1................................ Ground
Pin 2................................ Positive
Pin 3 .............................. Negative
12 Volt Trigger:
NOTE:
Logic ...............................
Connector ........................
Input Impedance..............
Current Consumption........
Direct (0V off, 12V on)
1/8” mini-jack
1kΩ
12mA
In the event that you require either the RS-232 codes for your MOON W-8 or would like to
operate this amplifier in a bridged mono configuration, please contact Simaudio Ltd. directly
by either email (service@simaudio.com) or toll-free telephone (877-980-2400).
Fuse Replacement:
For the 120V version use a 10A fast blow (3AG size).
For the 230V version use a 5A fast blow (3AG size).
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