Simaudio MOON Andromeda Owner`s manual

Owner’s Manual
MOON Evolution Series
ANDROMEDA
Reference CD Player
MOON Andromeda CD Player
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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MOON Andromeda CD Player
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 Andromeda CD Player.
1.
ALWAYS disconnect your entire system from the AC mains before connecting or disconnecting any cables,
or when cleaning any component.
2.
The MOON Andromeda 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 Andromeda 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 Andromeda 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 Andromeda with any liquid. If a liquid substance does enter your
MOON Andromeda, immediately disconnect it from the AC mains and take it to your MOON dealer for a
complete check-up.
7.
NEVER expose the MOON Andromeda 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 Andromeda. If a problem occurs contact your MOON dealer.
12. NEVER expose the MOON Andromeda to extremely high or low temperatures.
13. NEVER operate the MOON Andromeda 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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MOON Andromeda CD Player
Table of Contents
Congratulations
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Unpacking ....................................................... 5
Introduction ................................................... 6
Installation & Placement ................................... 7
Connecting the Andromeda Power Supply ............ 8
Loading a Compact Disc ................................... 9
Top Panel Controls .......................................... 9
Front Panel Controls .......................................10
Rear Panel Connections ...................................12
SimLink™ .......................................................13
Operating the Andromeda
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Balanced Operation ....................................... 14
Remote Control Operation ...............................14
Specifications ................................................15
www.simaudio.com
Simaudio Ltd., 1345 Newton Road
Boucherville, Quebec J4B 5H2 CANADA
Date Code: 20120402
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MOON Andromeda CD Player
Congratulations!
Thank you for selecting the MOON Andromeda Reference CD Player as a part of your hi-fi reproduction system. This CD
Player 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 the finest CD Player
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 CD Players are so musically satisfying.
Your new CD Player is a true dual-mono design, whereby each channel operates completely independent of the other. The
performance of your Andromeda will continue to improve during the first 400 hours of listening. This is the result of a
“break-in” period required for the numerous high quality electronic parts used throughout this CD Player.
Before setting up your new MOON Andromeda, we encourage you to please read this manual thoroughly to properly
acquaint yourself with its features. We hope you enjoy listening to the MOON Andromeda Reference CD Player 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 Andromeda CD Player and power supply should be removed from its box with care. The following accessories
should be included inside the box with your CD Player:
9 AC power cable
9 ‘FRM-2’ Full Function remote control with three ‘AAA’ batteries (USA and Canada only)
9 Compact disc clamp
9 Two (2) cables that connect the Andromeda CD Player to it’s power supply chassis
9 ‘SimLink’ cable with 1/8” mini plug terminations on each end
9 Eight (8) pointed screw-on cones (for the CD Player’s legs and Power Supply’s legs)
9 Eight (8) protective flat dimpled discs to be placed under the screw-on cones
9 This owner’s manual
9 Warranty and product registration information (USA and Canada only)
As soon as the CD Player is safely removed from its box and placed down, perform a thorough physical inspection and report
any physical 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 CD Player. The customized packaging is specially designed to
protect the MOON Andromeda CD Player from potential damage that may occur during shipping.
Please write the serial number of your new Simaudio MOON Andromeda in the space provided below for future reference.
Serial No.: ________________
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Congratulations / Unpacking
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MOON Andromeda CD Player
Introduction
Your MOON Andromeda CD Player incorporates many significant design features to achieve its “world class” level of
performance. This is an abbreviated list of the more important features:
24-bit/705.6kHz internal upsampling using BurrBrown DF1704 Digital Filter with 16X oversampling.
Four precision matched 24-bit BurrBrown PCM1704U-K "Digital To Analog" converters.
Full unsolicited RS-232 bidirectional feedback.
Digital input for use as a digital-to-analog converter with either a digital music server or external transport.
Custom proprietary toroidal transformer design with lower magnetic, electrical and thermal loss, yielding an improved
power transfer and lower regulation factor. The result is increased current speed and better dynamics.
Separate digital and analog power supplies, each with their own toroidal transformer, housed in an external chassis
connecting to the main unit via two specially shielded cables.
Fully balanced differential digital and analog circuitry in a dual-mono design.
Philips CD-Pro 2 M transport mechanism mounted on Simaudio gel-based Delta suspension.
MOON Alpha Clocking System with PLL synchronization yielding 5 PPM of jitter.
Power supply voltage regulation includes i2DCf (Independent Inductive DC Filtering); 1 inductor for each and every chip
(i.e. OpAmp, DAC, Digital Filter, etc.) in the audio circuit’s signal path – 56 stages in all.
Top loading drawer with custom designed disc clamping system for improved stability and long term reliability.
A very short capacitor-free signal path using a DC servo circuit and proprietary 6dB/octave analog filter.
Four-layer PCB tracings; The advantages include better ground and power supply circuit layouts resulting in a much
shorter signal path and dramatically improved signal-to-noise ratio.
Pure copper circuit board tracings with extremely low impedance characteristics.
Extremely rigid chassis construction to minimize the effects of external vibrations.
Accurate matching of the very finest quality electronic components in a symmetrical circuit design.
Designed to be powered up at all times for optimal performance.
Low operating temperature for a longer than normal life expectancy.
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Introduction
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MOON Andromeda CD Player
Installation & Placement
The MOON Andromeda Reference CD Player is very heavy. It requires reasonable ventilation to maintain an optimum and
consistent operating temperature. Consequently, it should be placed in a location with empty space around it for proper heat
dissipation. As well, it 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 CD Player’s performance and reliability. The
Andromeda’s power supply uses two toroidal transformers; even though they are well shielded, you should not place the
power supply too close to source components sensitive to EMI, such as turntables, phono preamplifiers and the Andromeda
CD Player chassis.
Once you’ve decided on a location for the Andromeda and its power supply, you should install the eight (8) pointed screw-on
cones into the threaded holes located on the bottom of the four (4) the corner posts of both the CD Player chassis & power
supply chassis. These cones will easily scratch most surfaces, therefore it’s advisable to follow these instructions: Place your
Andromeda 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 the chassis to it’s pre-determined location. Repeat these steps for the power supply chassis.
In the event that the surface you have chosen isn’t perfectly level, each of the four (4) cones of both your Andromeda and
it’s power supply 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.
Finally, if you have not used a CD Player before, you may be unaware that compact discs are very easily damaged, and must
be kept very clean. Always store them in their jewel cases. Dirty or finger-marked discs will reproduce music poorly.
Moreover, the player may even mute parts of a track, or be unable to find some tracks. If you need to clean a CD remember
to use a soft lint-free cloth, using a radial action (i.e. starting from the center and aiming towards the edges). Do not attempt
to clean a compact disc using a rotating motion.
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Connecting the Andromeda Power Supply
Figure 1: Connecting the MOON Andromeda (top) to its Power Supply (bottom)
1.
There are two connections that must be made between the MOON Andromeda CD Player and its separate power supply
as shown above in Figure 1; First, using the supplied 4-pin XLR cable, connect the end with the male pin socket to the
plug labeled “DC Power Output 1” located on the rear panel of the power supply. Connect the other end of the cable, with
the female socket, to the plug labeled “DC Power Input 1” located on the rear panel of the CD player. Next, using the
supplied 8-pin Ethercon cable (both ends are identically terminated), connect one end to the plug labeled “DC Power
Output 2” located on the rear panel of the power supply. Connect the other end of the cable to the plug labeled “DC
Power Input 2” located on the rear panel of the CD player. Do not attempt to modify the lengths these cables – they are
specifically designed for optimal performance.
2.
Connect the supplied AC power cable to the IEC receptacle, located on the rear panel of the CD player’s power supply
chassis. Ensure that the AC wall outlet you use has a functioning ground. For the best sonic performance, it is preferable
that you plug your MOON Andromeda CD Player directly into a dedicated AC outlet and avoid using an extension cord.
3.
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 any of the interconnect cables in your system. 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.
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Connecting The Andromeda Power Supply
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MOON Andromeda CD Player
Loading A Compact Disc
Conventional CD players utilize a clamping system to secure the disc with a large contact area and relatively strong downward
pressure, coupling the disc firmly to the platter. Simaudio engineers discovered that minimizing disc vibration yielded a
significant sonic improvement; Our tests determined that the main source of disc instability was the transport motor. The
clamp design on the Andromeda is optimized through the use of both a strong magnet and special damping material. The
combination of these elements provides the right amount of force needed to compensate for the large acceleration of the disc
required to start, stop and locate tracks, while keeping the level of force low enough so that the sound is not degraded; This
would be the case if the disc was rigidly coupled to the motor, with its inevitable induction of vibration.
For the MOON Andromeda to operate reliably, it is important to ensure that the surface of the transport platter and the
inside of the clamp are free of any dust, or other debris. Otherwise, the disc may slip. Even if the slippage is very slight, it
may make it difficult or even impossible for the drive to locate specific tracks on the compact disc. To load a compact disc
into the Andromeda, push the top drawer loading mechanism fully open and remove the disc clamp by gently pulling it
straight up. Don’t deposit the clamp onto a dusty or dirty surface: minute fragments of magnetic elements (i.e. particles from
a file or other metallic objects) are easily picked up and difficult to remove. Examine the inside of the clamp regularly for this
type of debris. A small piece of blue-tac provides the most effective method for removing any such debris.
Upon removing the clamp, place the compact disc on the platter. Replace the clamp by centrally locating it on the platter.
This is best achieved by holding the clamp a few millimeters above the platter and then letting it drop into position. Close the
loading mechanism by gently pulling the top drawer back towards you. The Andromeda will read the disc’s table of contents;
The disc’s total number of tracks will appear in both the front panel and top panel displays; The total playing time of the disc
will appear in the front panel display window.
Opening the top drawer loading mechanism at any time will mute the output, stop the disc from rotating, turn off the laser
pick-up, and cause the compact disc’s table of contents to be erased from the Andromeda’s memory buffer.
Top Panel Controls
Located at the top of this control panel is a small display window which indicates the track
currently being played. When a compact disc is first loaded into the Andromeda and its
table of contents is read, the total number of tracks will appear in the display
Press X to begin playing a disc. Pressing X while the track is already playing will result in
the current track to start playing again from the beginning.
Press or to scan backwards or forwards through the track that is currently playing. The
scanning speed will increase the longer the button is pressed. As well, the output level is
reduced to protect against damage to your loudspeakers.
Press to search backward or to search forward through the compact disc’s table of
contents for a specific track. When you’ve located the track number, press X to begin
playing that track. When you initiate a forward or backward track search while a disc is
already playing, the track you select will automatically start playing; you need not press X.
Press to pause the compact disc currently playing. The disc will continue spinning and the
laser will be suspended in its current position. Press a second time or X to resume playing
of the disc.
Press „ to stop the compact disc. The laser will return to the start position of the disc.
Figure 2: Andromeda Top panel
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Loading a Compact Disc & Top Panel Controls
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Front Panel Controls
Figure 3: MOON Andromeda Front panel
The front panel will look similar to Figure 3 (above). The large digital display window indicates the track number of the
compact disc currently playing (or the total number of tracks in stop mode) and coresponding time information. There are
four (4) different display modes for time information; the one engaged is dependant on the “Time” button which is described
in detail on the next page of this section. On each side of the display window, are three (3) buttons. As well, there are two
buttons (2) directly below the window, for a total of eight (8) which are all described in detail below:
The “Standby” button disengages the transport mechanism from the rest of the Andromeda’s circuitry and turns off the
digital display. However, when in “Standby” mode, all digital and analog audio circuitry remains powered up to help maintain
optimal performance. The blue pilot LED centrally located below the display window will no longer be illuminated when the
player is in “Standby” mode.
The “Phase” button inverts signal phase by 180 degrees. This is accomplished in the digital domain to maintain both the
integrity of the audio signal and the shortest possible signal path. Since some compact discs are recorded out-of-phase, this
function may result in a noticeable improvement in the realism of the sound. Directly to the left of this button is an LED that
will illuminate only when you engage the phase inversion mode.
The “Digital Input” button is used to select an external digital source which must be connected to the BNC S/PDIF digital input
on the rear panel. The MOON Andromeda will then function as a reference quality Digital-to-Analog converter. Directly to
the left of this button is an LED that will illuminate only when an external digital signal is engaged.
The “Time” button allows you to scroll through the four (4) different display modes for time related information. Each time
you press the “Time” button, the system scrolls to the next time information mode. By default, the Andromeda will display
the elapsed time of the track currently playing. The scrolling order is as follows:
1.
Elapsed time of the current track
2.
Remaining time of the current track
3.
Elapsed time of the entire compact disc (or programmed tracks)
4.
Remaining time of the entire compact disc (or programmed tracks)
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Front Panel Controls
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Front Panel Controls
(continued)
The “Display” button allows you to adjust the brightness of the large digital display window. It also provides you with the
option of turning off the display. There are three (3) different levels of brightness; The default is medium. Pressing the
“Display” button once will increase the level to medium. Pressing the button a second time will further increase the brightness
to the highest setting. Pressing the “Display” button a third time returns the display to its default setting of low.
If you want to turn the display off, press and hold the “Display” button for 3 seconds. When the display is turned off, it will
still come back on for a short period of time whenever you press any of the buttons located on the front panel or the remote
control, using the brightness level that was previously established; the display will automatically turn off again once you are
done. To turn the display back on, simply press and hold the “Display” button for 3 seconds.
The sonic performance of the MOON Andromeda CD Player may improve slightly when the display is turned off.
The “Program” button allows you to program a selection of tracks in the order that you wish to listen them. After loading a
compact disc into the Andromeda, select the first track you wish to listen to, using the or buttons and then press
“Program”. To program a second track, select it the same way you did for the first one and press “Program” again. Repeat
this operation as many times as you want to program tracks to a maximum of 30 tracks. Once you’ve completed programming
your track selection(s), the digital display window will show the number of tracks that have been programmed and their total
time.
To begin playing your programmed selections, simply press the X button. Pressing „ will only suspend the playing of the
programmed selection. Pressing „ a second time will clear your program selection from the Andromeda’s memory. As well,
opening the top drawer at any time will also clear your program. After you begin creating your program list, the LED
immediately to the right of the “Program” button will illuminate and remain on until you clear your program from memory.
Pressing the “Repeat” button once results in the entire disc being played again once it has reached the end of the final track.
Pressing “Repeat” a second time will result in the track currently playing being repeated again once it has ended. To cancel
this mode, simply press the “Repeat” button a third time or open the CD drawer. There are two (2) LED’s located to the right
of the “Repeat” button; The top one will illuminate when the current track is being repeated and both will illuminate when the
entire disc is being repeated.
If you have created a program of selected tracks, pressing “Repeat” once will result in your entire program repeating itself
once it has completed its cycle; Pressing “Repeat” a second time will result in the current track from your program being
played again once it has ended; Pressing “Repeat” a third time will terminate the “Repeat” mode.
The “Random” button, when pressed, will play each of the tracks on a compact disc in a completely random order, as opposed
to the sequential order as they appear on the disc. If you have already created a program of selected tracks, it will play these
programmed tracks in a random order. The LED located immediately to the right of the “Random” button will illuminate when
you’ve engaged the random mode.
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Rear Panel Connections
Figure 4: MOON Andromeda Rear panel
The rear panel will look similar to Figure 4 (above). On the far left side are a pair of analog audio outputs for the right
channel labeled “Right Analog” with both a single-ended RCA connector and a balanced XLR connector. Next is a 4-pin XLR
connector labeled “DC Power Input 1” followed by the “Left Analog” audio outputs on RCA and XLR connectors. For the audio
analog outputs, don’t hesitate to use good quality interconnect cable when making the connection between the MOON
Andromeda and your preamplifier or integrated amplifier. We strongly recommend that you use the balanced XLR
connectors on your Andromeda to maximize its level of performance.
There is one S/PDIF digital input on a BNC connector labeled “Digital In”. This allows you to use external digital source with a
digital output such as a music server in conjuction with the MOON Andromeda, with the latter functioning as a reference
digital-to-analog converter. As well, there are two (2) connectors labeled “Digital Output” that allows for external digital signal
processing, whereby the Andromeda functions only as a digital transport. The connectors are AES/EBU on an XLR connector
and S/PDIF on on a BNC connector. For either of the S/PDIF digital connectors, you should always use a 75Ω digital audio
cable terminated with BNC connectors. In the event that this isn’t available, you may use a digital audio cable terminated
with RCA connectors and RCA-to-BNC adaptors. If you decide to use the AES/EBU digital output, use a dedicated AES/EBU
110Ω digital audio cable terminated with XLR connectors. Immediately to the right of the digital output connectors is an 8-pin
Ethercon connector labeled “DC Power Input 2”.
The MOON Andromeda is equipped with full-function bi-directional RS-232 port control and status for custom integration or
automation. This is located in the upper-right section and uses a DB9 connector.
Immediately to the right of the RS-232 port are two (2) “SimLink” connectors labeled “in” and “out” on 1/8” mini jacks. Please
refer to the next section entitled SimLink for more details.
Your MOON Andromeda CD Player has a 1/8” mini jack input for use with aftermarket infrared remote control receivers.
The “IR in” connector is located on the upper right section of the rear panel.
All rear panel connectors have been chosen because they provide the best possible connections for your unit. A poor contact
will degrade the signal substantially, and plugs and sockets should all look clean and free of dirt and corrosion. The easiest
way to clean them is to remove the cables from their sockets and push them back in again. This procedure requires that your
CD Player and the rest of your components be completely turned off. Not heeding this warning may result in serious damage
to your equipment. Special contact cleaning fluids and enhancers should not be used, as they deposit a difficult to remove
residue which degrades the performance of your components.
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Rear Panel Connections
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SimLink™
The SimLink™ provides communication features between various MOON components. For example, if you were to connect
the Andromeda CD Player to the P-8 Preamplifier via the SimLink™, pressing the X (play) button on the Andromeda would
make the preamplifier automatically switch to it’s designated input for the CD Player (Please refer to the P-8 owner’s manual
for more information if applicable). If you were to adjust the brightness level of the large digital display window using the
“Display” button on the Andromeda, the brightness level of the P-8’s display will automatically adjust to the same brightness
level as that of the Andromeda. Conversely, since the SimLink™ is a true bi-directional connection, adjusting the P-8’s
brightness level will automatically adjust the brightness level of the Andromeda.
A third feature of SimLink™ involves the “Standby” function. By pressing down and holding the “Standby” button for 2
seconds on the Andromeda, all other MOON components connected via the SimLink will go into “Standby” mode along with
the Andromeda. The same logic applies when switching from “Standby” to active mode.
The connection rules for the SimLink™ are very basic. You must always connect the supplied cable between one component’s
“SimLink™ Out” jack and another component’s “SimLink™ In” jack. If you inadvertently connect the cable between either two
“SimLink™ In” or two “SimLink™ Out” jacks, the SimLink™ communication feature will not function. Also, there is no master
component in a SimLink™ chain; no one particular component operates as the main communications controller.
Operating the Andromeda
We recommend that you leave your MOON Andromeda CD Player 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 CD Player may not be a bad idea.
Once fully “broken-in”, please keep in mind that your Andromeda will require several hours of playing time before it reaches
its peak performance after you’ve powered it up again.
Turning on your MOON Andromeda for the first time
Prior to turning this CD Player on for the first time, make sure that every cable is properly connected to avoid any problems.
Then turn on your CD Player in the following manner:
1)
Flick the main rocker switch labeled “POWER” to the ‘1’ (on) position on the rear panel.
2)
Press the push button labeled “Standby” on the Andromeda, the blue LED will confirm operation and the digital
display will show ‘no disc’. You are now ready to load a compact disc and begin listening to music.
On and Off Sequence
To avoid having any annoying noises (i.e. “thumps” and “pops”) emanate from your speakers when powering your
Andromeda on or off, you should
1)
Always power up your Andromeda CD Player before powering up your preamplifier and/or integrated amplifier.
2)
Always power down your Andromeda after powering down your preamplifier and/or integrated amplifier.
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MOON Andromeda CD Player
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 both the
preamplifier and amplifier, then 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 +4 Volts, the other will be carrying a
signal of –4 Volts. When these two inverted signals on a balanced line are output from the MOON Andromeda, 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.
Remote Control Operation
The MOON Andromeda CD Player uses the ‘FRM-2’ full function, all aluminum remote
control (figure 3). It operates on the Philips RC-5 communication protocol and is can be
used with other Simaudio MOON components such as the P-5 and P-3 Preamplifiers, AIR
FM Tuner and both the i-5 and i-3 integrated amplifiers.
The ‘FRM-2’ remote uses three AAA batteries (included). To install them, use the
supplied Allen key to remove the three screws located on the back plate; insert the
batteries in the correct direction and then screw the back plate back into place.
To operate the Andromeda with this remote control, you must first press the button
labeled ‘CD’ on the top left corner.
The lower section of the ‘FRM-2’ has nine (9) buttons, eight (8) of which operate the
Andromeda. All of these functions are available on either the top panel or front panel of
the CD Player. Please refer to these aforementioned sections for a more detailed
description of each of these buttons:
X
Play the compact disc loaded into the player
Skip to the previous track on the disc
Skip to the next track on the disc
Scan backwards through the current track of the disc
Pauses the player
Scan forward through the current track of the disc
2
Repeat the entire disc (1x) or the current track (2x)
„
Stop playing the current track
Finally, you can toggle between the source connected via the digital input and internal
disc transport with this remote control by simply pressing the “INPUT button.
Figure 5: FRM-2 Remote Control
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Specifications
Configuration .........................................................
Digital Power Supply Transformer ............................
Analog Power Supply Transformer ............................
Digital Power Supply Capacitance ............................
Analog Power Supply Capacitance ...........................
Transport Mechanism .............................................
Digital Filter ...........................................................
Digital-to-Analog Converters ...................................
Frequency Response (audible) .................................
Frequency Response (full range) ..............................
THD @1kHz, 0dBFS (A-weighted)..............................
Intermodulation Distortion ......................................
Dynamic Range ......................................................
Signal-to-noise Ratio ..............................................
Slew Rate ..............................................................
Channel Separation ................................................
Low Level Linearity .................................................
Intrinsic Jitter .........................................................
Analog Outputs – Balanced .....................................
Max. Analog Output @ 0dBFS - XLR .......................
Analog Output Impedance - XLR ...........................
Analog Outputs – Single Ended ...............................
Analog Output Impedance - RCA ...........................
Max. Analog Output @ 0dBFS - RCA .......................
Digital Input ...........................................................
Digital Outputs (2) ..................................................
Digital Output Impedance - S/PDIF ..........................
Digital Output Impedance - AES/EBU.........................
Remote Control ......................................................
Display Type ............................................................
Power Consumption @ idle .....................................
AC Power Requirements .........................................
Shipping Weight .....................................................
Dimensions – CD Player (W x H x D, inches) .............
Dimensions – Power Supply (W x H x D, inches) .......
Fully balanced, dual-mono
75VA
22.5VA
17,600µF
20,000µF
Philips CD-Pro 2 M
BurrBrown DF1704
BurrBrown PCM1704U-K x 4
20Hz - 20kHz +0/-0.1dB
5Hz - 56kHz +0/-3dB
< 0.001%
< 0.003%
> 120dB
> 125dB @ full output
50V/µs
> 118dB
< ±0.5dB at -90dBFS
< 10 picoseconds RMS
1 pair XLR
4.0 Volts
50Ω
1 pair RCA
50Ω
2.0 Volts
S/PDIF (BNC)
S/PDIF (BNC) and AES/EBU (XLR)
75Ω (0.5 Volts p-p)
110Ω (3.7 Volts p-p)
All Aluminum Full-Function
8 character dot matrix LED
25 Watts
120V / 60Hz or 240V / 50Hz
79 lbs / 35 Kgs
18.75 x 5.5 x 16.5
18.75 x 4 x 16.5
Balanced Pin Assignment: Pin 1................................ Ground
Pin 2................................ Positive
Pin 3 .............................. Negative
NOTE: In the event that you require the RS-232 codes for your MOON Andromeda, please
contact Simaudio Ltd. directly by either email (service@simaudio.com) or by toll-free
telephone (877-980-2400).
Fuse Replacement:
For the 120V version use a 0.5A slow blow (5 x 20mm size).
For the 230V version use a 0.25A slow blow (5 x 20mm size).
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