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i-5
Integrated Amplifier
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Owner’s Manual
MOON i-5 Integrated Amplifier
Table of Contents
Congratulations........................................... 3
Introduction ............................................... 4
Unpacking and Warnings .............................. 5
Installation Tips
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Front Panel Controls .................................... 7
Rear Panel Connections................................ 9
Operating the i-5 ...................................... 10
Remote Control Operation .......................... 11
Specifications .......................................... 12
Service and Warranty ................................ 13
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IMPORTANT: Please read this entire manual before using this product.
Installation and operating instructions inside.
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MOON i-5 Integrated Amplifier
Congratulations!
Thank you for selecting the MOON i-5 integrated amplifier as a part of your hi-fi reproduction system.
This integrated 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 two-channel integrated amplifiers
available. We have been building high performance audio equipment for over 20 years, and the
know-how gained through our cumulative experience is an important reason why MOON integrated
amplifiers are so musically satisfying.
The performance of your i-5 will continue to improve during the first six weeks of use. This is the
result of a “break-in” period required for the numerous high quality electronic parts used throughout
this amplifier.
Please read this manual thoroughly to acquaint yourself with this product’s features prior to using it.
We hope you enjoy listening to the MOON i-5 integrated 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 reproducing these elusive qualities.
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Congratulations
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MOON i-5 Integrated Amplifier
Introduction
Your MOON i-5 integrated 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 “Advanced Renaissance” Technology which eliminates feedback. The results are as follows:
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 transfer and lower regulation factor, resulting in increased current speed and better
dynamics.
An oversized power supply.
An extremely short capacitor-free signal path measuring only fifteen inches in length, from input RCA
connectors to output binding posts, for a faster transient response.
Class “A” preamplifier section circuit topology.
A gain section that uses a Crystal microprocessor functioning as a “shunt to ground” that doesn't
degrade sonic performance regardless of the selected setting.
J-FET input devices in the preamplifier section. Precision matched Bipolar output devices, in the
amplifier section, which offer superb linearity throughout the entire audio frequency spectrum.
One single-ended audio input which functions as a “pass-through”, bypassing the gain stage to
accommodate a component such as a home-theater processor, whose own volume control is used instead.
Extremely rigid chassis construction to minimize the effects of external vibrations.
A symmetrical circuit design with 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.
Low operating temperature for a longer than normal life expectancy.
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Introduction
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MOON i-5 Integrated Amplifier
Unpacking and Warning!
The MOON i-5 Stereo integrated amplifier should be removed from its box with care.
The following accessories should be included inside the box with your integrated amplifier:
9 AC power cable
‘SRM’ Full Function remote control with three ‘AAA’ batteries (USA and Canada only)
9 4 Pointed screw-on tips (for the integrated amplifier’s legs)
9 This owner’s manual
9 Warranty card
(USA and Canada only)
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As soon as the integrated amplifier 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 the original packaging, and that it should be stored in a safe, dry place in case you’re
required to transport the integrated amplifier. The customized packaging is specially designed to
protect the integrated amplifier from potential damage that can arise when shipping such a product.
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WARNING!
To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this product to rain or
moisture. Do not attempt to “lift the ground” by removing the ground pin from
the AC cable. Make sure that your household electrical wiring supports proper
AC grounding techniques before plugging in this product. Keep the heat sinks
and top cover free of dust to allow for proper heat dissipation. Never expose
this product to extreme temperatures. Always connect the audio signal path
cables prior to connecting the AC mains.
CAUTION!
No user-serviceable parts inside. Do not remove top cover, as severe electrical
shock may result.
IMPORTANT!
Make sure that your local AC voltage complies with the unit’s label. Damage
caused by plugging thus amplifier into an AC receptacle of the wrong voltage will
not be covered by warranty.
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Unpacking and Warning
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MOON i-5 Integrated Amplifier
Installation Tips
The MOON i-5 Stereo integrated amplifier should be placed on a rigid surface to prevent any
accidents such as falling over. It is highly recommended that it sits on its own dedicated shelf.
This integrated amplifier has side-mounted heat sinks; consequently, it should both be placed in a
location with empty space it for proper heat dissipation. You should never place another component
on top of this integrated amplifier. As well, you should avoid placing it near a heat source or inside a
closed cabinet that is not well ventilated. This could compromise the integrated amplifier’s performance
and reliability.
Once you have decided on a location for your i-5, you should install the four (4) pointed screw-on tips
onto the cones of the chassis. These tips will easily scratch most surfaces, therefore it’s advisable to
follow these instructions:
1) Place your i-5 on a soft surface (i.e. carpet) and carefully turn it so that it rests on its side.
2) Screw one tip onto each of the four cones.
3) Carefully move your i-5 to it’s pre-determined location.
Included with these tips is a small metal rod, intended for final adjustments (if necessary) by simply
threading it through the tiny hole of each of these tips and then gently turning. These adjustable
screw-on tips serve two purposes: Mechanical grounding of the chassis and compensation for surfaces
that aren’t perfectly level.
Since household dust is an excellent insulator of heat, we suggest that you clean both of the curved
side-mounted heat sinks on a regular basis. A smooth nylon brush with long bristles (ie. paint brush) is
recommended for this task.
Finally, you should make all of your audio signal connections prior to making the AC connection
between the i-5 and the AC wall outlet.
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Installation Tips
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MOON i-5 Integrated Amplifier
Front Panel Controls
Figure 1: Front panel of Moon i-5 Integrated amplifier
The front panel will look similar to Figure 1 (above). The large digital display window indicates the
relative gain setting (from ‘0’ to ‘50’) for both the left and right channels. As well, whenever you
change the selected input source, it’s number will appear in the window for 3 seconds before reverting
back to the gain setting. Directly to the right of the digital display window is a button labeled “Display”
which allows you to turn the digital display on and off. The sonic performance of the MOON i-5
integrated amplifier may improve slightly when the display is turned off simply because the power
supply has one less task to perform.
The “Stand by/On” button disengages the input section from the rest of the i-5’s circuitry and turns off
the digital display. However, when in “Stand by” mode all audio circuitry remains powered up to help
maintain optimal performance. When switching back from “Stand by” to the “on” mode, both the
‘input’ and gain level settings will be memorized from the previous listening session. The blue pilot LED
will not be illuminated when the i-5 is in “Stand by” mode.
The “Monitor” button switches the output signal for the “tape out” on and off. The output level is fixed
and therefore independent of the i-5’s gain setting. A small round LED will illuminate in the lower right
corner of the display window when the “Monitor” is on.
The “Mute” button triggers a decrease in the output gain setting to a factor of 10% of the current
setting. For example, if your current setting was ‘30’ and you pressed the “Mute” button, the gain
setting will drop to ‘3’. Pressing the “Mute” button a second time will reinstate the output gain level
back to ‘30’.
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Front Panel Controls
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MOON i-5 Integrated Amplifier
Front Panel Controls
(continued)
The “Input” selector button allows you to choose which input source you wish to listen to. The MOON
i-5 integrated amplifier has five (5) inputs. The A4 input can be configured as a ‘pass-through’ which
bypasses the i-5’s gain control section, allowing you to control the gain setting via the connected
source component’s own volume control – a home theater processor for example. In ‘pass-through’
mode, adjusting the volume on the i-5 will have no effect whatsoever when the A4 input is selected.
To put the A4 input into ‘pass-through’ mode, simply press and hold down the “Mute” button for
approximately 5 seconds; you don’t have to be on the A4 setting to do this. To reconfigure the A4
input to function like the four (4) other inputs, repeat the aforementioned procedure. As well,
powering down the i-5 via the rear panel rocker switch will reset the A4 to the factory default ‘normal’
mode.
Pressing the “Input” selector button allows you to sequentially cascade through each of the possible
inputs in the following order: CD, A1, A2, A3 and A4. Holding down the “Input” will allow only a single
change of the selected input. You must press the button again to select the next input.
The rotary “Volume” control determines the gain setting, which ranges from ‘0’ (no output) to ‘50’ (full
output). This control doesn’t function like a typical volume: When you rotate the dial, either clockwise
for more gain or counter-clockwise for less gain, you are actually engaging a high quality optical
encoder which selects a specific gain setting on a shunt-to-ground based microprocessor circuit. This
gain circuit, known as RGB-cs, doesn’t degrade the audio signal regardless of the setting, unlike all
potentiometer based circuits. Since there are no actual moving parts, this proprietary gain technology
has a minimum life expectancy of one million rotations.
The range of fifty (50) unique gain settings is based on neither a linear nor logarithmic scale. Instead,
we decided on relatively small variations for each of the lower position settings from ‘1’ to ‘35’. The
variations are somewhat larger from positions ‘36’ through ‘50’. For the best possible performance, it is
recommended that you don’t turn the rotary control too quickly as some gain settings will be skipped,
simply not registering, and extra rotations will be required to reach position ‘50’.
Between the left and right channel gain settings indicators appearing in the display window, is a red
LED which functions as a status indicator. If a problem is ever detected with the i-5’s internal circuitry,
this LED will illuminate, even if the problem originates from the source component currently in use. In
the event that the LED remains on, you should immediately power down your i-5 using the main
power switch located on the rear panel, then contact your dealer for service. Don’t confuse this with a
smaller red LED, located directly to the bottom right of the left channel’s gain setting indicator which
will faintly illuminate whenever the i-5 receives an infra-red (IR) signal from a remote control; This
simply confirms the successful reception of the IR remote signal.
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Front Panel Controls
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MOON i-5 Integrated Amplifier
Rear Panel Connections
Figure 2: Rear panel of Moon i-5 Stereo Integrated amplifier
The rear panel will look similar to Figure 2 (above). There are five (5) pairs of single-ended inputs on
RCA connectors labeled CD, A1, A2, A3 and A4. The left channel inputs are located on top and the
corresponding right channel inputs are located directly below. The A4 input, as previously mentioned,
bypasses the gain stage and is intended to be used with a component, such as a home theater
processor, that has its own volume/gain control.
The MOON i-5 integrated amplifier has two pairs of non-amplified outputs; One single-ended pair of
RCA connectors labeled ‘Pre Out’, located next to the A4 input, is designated for output to a power
amplifier with single-ended RCA inputs in the event that you wish to use your MOON i-5 as a
preamplifier. The output level of the ‘Pre Out’ is dependant on the volume control setting. A second
single-ended pair if RCA connectors labeled ‘Tape Out’, located next to the ‘Pre Out’ connectors, is
intended as an input to a recording device such as a cassette tape deck or CD-Recordable Player. Keep
in mind that the output level on the ‘Tape Out’ is fixed and cannot be adjusted by the i-5’s volume
control. As well, don’t hesitate to use high quality interconnect cables. Poor quality interconnect cables
can degrade the overall sonic performance of your system.
You will notice that all RCA input and output connectors on the rear panel have been color coded:
‘white’ for the left channel and ‘red’ for the right channel.
On each side of the group of RCA connectors, there is a pair of gold-plated binding posts. Connect your
loudspeakers, with the cables of your choice, to these 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.
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Rear Panel Connections
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MOON i-5 Integrated Amplifier
Operating the i-5
Making the AC Connection
1. Connect the supplied AC power cable to the IEC receptacle, located on the rear panel of the
integrated amplifier’s chassis. Alternatively, if you wish, you may use a dedicated high-performance
AC cable designed for integrated amplifiers. 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 i-5
directly into a dedicated AC outlet and avoid using an extension cord.
2. 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 and speaker
cables running to and from your i-5. 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.
Turning on your MOON i-5 for the first time
Prior to turning the integrated amplifier on for the first time, make sure that every cable is properly
connected to avoid any problems. Then turn on your integrated amplifier in the following manner:
1) Flick the main rocker switch labeled “POWER” to the ‘1’ (on) position on the rear of the i-5.
2) Press the push button labeled “Stand by/On” on the i-5. The blue LED will illuminate and the digital
display will indicate a gain setting of ‘0’ and the ‘CD’ as the default input.
On and Off Sequence
To avoid having any annoying noises (i.e. “thumps” and “pops”) emanate from your speakers when
powering your i-5 on or off, you should
1) Always power up your i-5 integrated amplifier after powering up your source component(s).
2) Always power down your i-5 before powering down your source component(s).
We recommend that you leave your MOON i-5 integrated 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 i-5 may not be a bad idea. Once fully “broken-in”, please keep in mind that your i-5
will require several hours of playing time before it reaches its peak performance after you’ve powered it
up again.
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Operating The i-5
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MOON i-5 Integrated Amplifier
Remote Control Operation
The MOON i-5 Stereo integrated amplifier uses the ‘SRM’ simple
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-3 preamplifier and the
i-5080 integrated amplifier.
The ‘SRM’ 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.
The POWER button located on the upper left will switch the
integrated amplifier to either ‘Stand by’ or ‘On’ mode.
The INPUT button performs in exactly the same way as the
‘Input’ button located on the i-5’s front panel, sequentially
cascading through each of the integrated amplifier’s inputs.
Figure 3: SRM Remote Control
The VOL+ and VOL– buttons increase and decrease, respectively,
the volume level.
The ‹ and Œ buttons control channel balance; Pressing the left
arrow button causes a decrease in the volume level of the right
channel; pressing the right arrow button causes a decrease in the
volume level of the right channel.
The MUTE button, located in the middle of the volume and balance
buttons, performs the identical function as the ‘Mute’ button located
on the i-5’s front panel.
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Remote Control Operation
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MOON i-5 Integrated Amplifier
Specifications
Configuration ...........................................
Power Supply Transformer ........................
Power Supply Capacitance ........................
Class Of Operation - Preamplifier ...............
Class Of Operation - Amplifier ....................
Single-ended inputs ..................................
Input Device Type - Preamplifier ................
Input Sensitivity ......................................
Input Impedance .....................................
Tape Output ............................................
Preamplifier output ..................................
Output Device Type - Amplifier ..................
Output Binding Posts ................................
Output Power @ 8Ω ..................................
Output Power @ 4Ω ..................................
Output Impedance ....................................
Damping Factor ........................................
Gain Control ............................................
Gain .........................................................
Dynamic Headroom ..................................
Signal-to-noise Ratio ................................
Maximum Output Voltage ..........................
Slew Rate .................................................
Maximum Current – Peak .........................
Maximum Current – Continuous ................
Frequency Response ................................
Crosstalk @ 1kHz .....................................
Intermodulation Distortion .......................
THD (20Hz - 20kHz @ 1 watt) .................
Remote Control .......................................
Optional Phono Section .............................
AC Power Requirements ...........................
Fuse Replacement - 120V .........................
Fuse Replacement - 230V .........................
Shipping Weight ......................................
Dimensions (W x H x D, inches) ................
Dual-Mono (Partial)
0.5kVA
40,000µF
Class A
Class A/B
5 (RCA)
J-FET
340mV – 3.0V RMS
14,000Ω
1 (RCA)
1 (RCA)
Bipolar – 2 per channel
WBT
70 Watts per channel
110 Watts per channel
0.04Ω
> 200
RGB cs – “Shunt-To-Ground”
37dB
6dB
97dB @ full power
23.5 Volts
20V/µs
16 amperes
9 amperes
10Hz - 70kHz +0/-3dB
-50dB
Unmeasureable
< 0.1%
All Aluminum Simple-Function (SRM)
MOON IPS - external
120V / 60Hz or 240V / 50Hz
4A long fast blow
2 long fast blow
26 lb. / 12 Kg.
17 x 4 x 15
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MOON i-5 Integrated Amplifier
Service and Warranty
(U.S.A and Canada only)
Please take the time to complete and mail the warranty card supplied with your MOON i-5 integrated
amplifier. This card is necessary to activate your full warranty, as well as allowing you to receive
information on new products and services.
Alternatively, you may visit our website
www.simaudio.com and go to the “warranty registration” section where you can register on-line.
If you experience a problem with your i-5, contact your dealer first. Most often, problems are merely
minor oversights that are easily solved, and this will save you both the time and the cost of shipping
the amplifier back to us. If your dealer is not able to diagnose the problem, please feel free to contact
our service department. If required, service must be performed by a Simaudio Ltd. authorized center
such as your national distributor. In order to prevent any damage during transport, the i-5 must be
packed with all of its original internal materials and shipped in the original box. Please keep your box
and shipping materials.
MOON i-5 integrated amplifiers are guaranteed against defective materials and workmanship for a
period of THREE (3) years, parts and labor, to the original owner. Upon receiving your registration
card (either by mail or via our on-line warranty registration), this warranty is immediately upgraded to
TEN (10) years, parts and labor to the original owner only. Additionally, your i-5 must be purchased
from an authorized MOON dealer to qualify for warranties. These warranties are voided in the case of
accident, or if the unit was tampered with, somewhere other than at an authorized Simaudio service
center. This warranty is valid only in Canada and USA. In other countries, the warranty conditions are
defined and limited only by the local distributor.
Simaudio Ltd. limits its liability to the repair or replacement of the MOON i-5 integrated amplifier.
Simaudio Ltd. cannot be held responsible for any damages caused to any other equipment, whatever
the circumstances and/or causes arising thereof.
Canada
Simaudio Ltd.
95 Chemin Du Tremblay, Unit 3
Boucherville (Québec) J4B 7K4
USA
Simaudio USA
2002 Ridge road
Champlain, NY 12919
Tel. (450) 449-2212
Fax (450) 449-9947
E-mail: service@simaudio.com
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