Simaudio MOON Equinox SE Owner`s manual

Owner’s Manual
MOON Classic Series
Equinox SE
CD Player
MOON Equinox SE 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.
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 Equinox SE 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 Equinox SE 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 Equinox SE must be terminated with a three-conductor AC mains power cord which includes an
earth ground connection. To prevent shock hazard, all three connections must ALWAYS be used. Connect
the MOON Equinox SE 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 Equinox SE 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 Equinox SE with any liquid. If a liquid substance does enter your
MOON Equinox SE, immediately disconnect it from the AC mains and take it to your MOON dealer for a
complete check-up.
7.
NEVER spill or pour liquids directly onto the MOON Equinox SE .
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 Equinox SE . If a problem occurs contact your MOON dealer.
12. NEVER expose the MOON Equinox SE to extremely high or low temperatures.
13. NEVER operate the MOON Equinox SE 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 Equinox SE CD Player
Table of Contents
Congratulations ............................................... 5
Unpacking and Warnings ................................... 5
Introduction .................................................... 6
Installation & Placement ................................... 6
Front Panel Controls ......................................... 7
Rear Panel Connections ..................................... 9
Operating the Equinox SE..................................10
Standard Remote Control Operation ...................11
Optional Remote Control Operation ....................12
Specifications .................................................13
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MOON Equinox SE CD Player
Congratulations!
Thank you for selecting the MOON Equinox SE CD Player as a part of your music/cinema system. This component 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 amongst the finest CD Players
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.
The performance of your Equinox SE 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 Equinox SE, we encourage you to please read this manual thoroughly to properly
acquaint yourself with its features. We hope you enjoy listening to the Equinox SE 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 Equinox SE CD Player should be removed from its box with care.
The following accessories should be included inside the box with your CD Player:
AC power cable
Full-function remote control with two ‘AA’ batteries (USA and Canada only)
This owner’s manual
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 Equinox SE CD Player from potential damage that may occur during shipping.
Please write the serial number of your new Simaudio MOON Equinox SE in the space provided below for future reference.
Serial No.: ________________
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Congratulations / Unpacking
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MOON Equinox SE CD Player
Introduction
Your MOON Equinox SE 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:
Separate digital and analog power supplies using toroidal transformers with seven stages of DC voltage regulation.
BurrBrown BB1730E high-resolution 24-bit/192-kHz Digital-to-Analog Converter and 8X oversampling digital filter.
Internal upsampling which achieves a 24-bit/352.8kHz level of resolution.
Philips based transport mechanism using in-house developed control software.
Accurate 50 PPM digital clocking system.
Advanced analog signal path using a DC servo circuit and proprietary 6db/octave analog filter.
Pure copper circuit board tracings with extremely low impedance characteristics.
Separate digital and analog audio circuitry mounted on a single circuit board, each with their own respective
ground plane, which minimizes signal path lengths and eliminates any potential for interference and signal
degradation.
Rigid chassis construction to minimize the effects of external vibrations.
Accurate matching of the very finest high 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.
Installation & Placement
The MOON Equinox SE requires reasonable ventilation to maintain an optimum and consistent operating temperature. As a
result, 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 Equinox SE uses a toroidal transformer; even though it is
well shielded, you should not place the CD Player too close to source components sensitive to EMI, such as turntables and
phono preamplifiers. You should never place another component directly on top of this CD Player.
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 Equinox SE and the AC wall
outlet.
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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Introduction / Installation & Placement
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MOON Equinox SE CD Player
Front Panel Controls
Figure 1: MOON Equinox SE Front Panel
The front panel will look similar to Figure 1 (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 time information. There are four (4) different
display modes for time information; the one engaged is dependant on the “Display” button which is described in detail on the
next page of this section. On the bottom of the display window, from left to right, are five (5) indicator LED’s that will
illuminate as follows (each of these functions is described in detail in this section):
‘Prg’
‘Scn’
‘Rnd’
‘Rep’
‘Rep1’
-
when
when
when
when
when
Program mode is engaged
Scan mode is engaged
“Random” play mode is engaged
repeat mode is engaged for the entire compact disc
repeat mode is engaged for one (1) specific track
The “Standby” button disengages the transport mechanism from the rest of the Equinox SE’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 LED on the Equinox SE will no longer be illuminated when the player is in “Standby” 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 “Display” button allows you to scroll through the four (4) different display modes for time information, as well as turn the
digital display on and off. Each time you press the “display” button, the system scrolls to the next time information mode. By
default, the Equinox SE will display the elapsed time of the track currently playing. The scrolling order is as follows:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Elapsed time of the current track
Remaining time of the current track
Elapsed time of the entire compact disc (or programmed tracks)
Remaining time of the entire compact disc (or programmed tracks)
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Front Panel Controls
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MOON Equinox SE CD Player
Front Panel Controls
(continued)
To load a compact disc into the Equinox SE, press „/S, put the CD in the drawer with the label side facing up and press
„/S again to close the drawer. When a CD is first loaded into the Equinox SE, the total number of tracks, and total playing
time will appear in the display. In the event that you load a CD that contains no musical tracks (i.e. data only), the word
‘DATA’ will appear in the large digital display window and the drawer will automatically open to eject this unplayable CD.
Press X/ to begin playing a compact disc. Pressing X/ while a disc is already playing results in the current track being
paused; Press X/ again to resume playing the disc.
Press to search backward or to search forward through the compact disc’s tracks. When you’ve located the track
number, press X/ to begin playing that track. In the event that you initiate a forward or backward track change while a
disc is already playing, it will automatically start playing the track you select; you need not press X/.
Press and hold to scan backward or to scan forward through the track currently playing.
Press „/S to stop the compact disc from playing. The laser will return to the start position of the disc. To open the drawer
and remove the compact disc, press „/S again.
If you want to turn the display off, press and hold the “Display” button for 2 seconds. When the display is 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;
when you are done, the display will automatically turn off again. To turn the display back on again, press the “Display” button
again. The sonic performance of the MOON Equinox SE CD Player may improve slightly when the display is turned off.
The “Prog” 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 Equinox SE, select the first track you wish to listen to, using the or buttons and then press
“Prog”. To program a second track, select it the same way you did for the first one and press “Prog” again. Repeat this
operation as many times as you want to program 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 Equinox SE ’s memory. As well, opening the drawer at
any time will also clear your program.
The “Scan” button (Remote control operation ONLY) forces the Equinox SE to play the first ten (10) seconds of each track
on the compact disc currently loaded into the player. When a track is playing in “scan” mode, you can press the X button to
continue listening to the remainder of the current track; doing this automatically terminates the “Scan” mode.
The “Repeat” button (Remote control operation ONLY) performs three (3) functions: Pressing “Repeat” once will result 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.
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.
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Rear Panel Connections
Figure 2: MOON Equinox SE Rear panel
The rear panel will look similar to Figure 2 (above). On the left side is the analog audio output. There is one pair of RCA
analog audio output connectors that you should connect to a stereo analog input on your preamplifier or integrated amplifier.
Don’t hesitate to use good quality interconnect cables.
There is one (1) “Digital Audio Output” located near the center of the rear panel. It uses an RCA connector labeled “S/PDIF”
which allows you to use the Equinox SE as a CD transport whereby, digital signal processing will be handled externally by
another DAC or surround processor. You should use a 75Ω digital audio cable terminated with RCA connectors.
Finally on the right side is the “AC Power” section with a main power switch (“0”=off, “1”=on) and IEC receptacle for the
included AC power cord. Alternatively, you may use a dedicated high-performance AC power cord designed for CD Players.
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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Operating the Equinox SE
We recommend that you leave your MOON Equinox SE 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 Equinox SE will require several hours of playing time before it reaches
its peak performance after you’ve powered it up again.
Turning on your MOON Equinox SE 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 Equinox SE, 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 Equinox
SE on or off, you should
1)
Always power up your Equinox SE CD Player before powering up your preamplifier and/or integrated amplifier.
2)
Always power down your Equinox SE CD Player after powering down your preamplifier and/or integrated amplifier.
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Operating the Equinox SE
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MOON Equinox SE CD Player
Standard Remote Control Operation
The MOON Equinox SE CD Player uses the ‘CRM’ full-function remote control
(figure 3). It operates on the Philips RC-5 communication protocol and is can be
used with other Simaudio MOON components.
The ‘CRM’ remote uses two AA batteries (included). To install them, simply slide
the back plate off in the direction of the arrow; insert the batteries in the correct
direction and then replace the back plate.
To engage the CRM remote for use with the MOON Equinox SE CD Player, you
must first press the button labeled CD.
The POWER button located on the upper left will switch the CD Player to either
‘Stand by’ or ‘On’ mode.
Certain buttons found on this remote control perform identical functions to their
corresponding button located on the Equinox SE’s front panel. Please refer to
pages 7 through 9 for a more detailed description when noted:
0 thru 9
Direct access track number selection
OPEN/CLOSE
Open/Close the Compact Disc drawer
DISPLAY
Press Once: Changes the time display mode on front panel
(please refer to page 7 for the four time modes)
DISPLAY
Press and hold: Turns the front panel display on and off
RANDOM
Same as the “Random” button on the front panel
„
X
Stop playing the CD’s current track
Pauses the player
Play the compact disc loaded into the player
REPEAT
Same as the “Repeat” button on the front panel
PROG
Same as the “Prog” button on the front panel
Press Once: Go back to the previous track on the disc
Press Once: Skip to the next track on the disc
Press and hold: Scan backward through current track
Press and hold: Scan forward through current track
Figure 3: CRM Remote Control
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MOON Equinox SE CD Player
Optional Remote Control Operation
The MOON Equinox SE CD Player uses the ‘FRM-2’ full function, all aluminum
remote control (figure 4). It operates on the Philips RC-5 communication protocol
and is can be used with other Simaudio MOON components.
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 Equinox SE 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 which operate the Equinox
SE. 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 or the current track
„ Stop playing the current track
S Open/Close the CD drawer
Figure 4 FRM-2 Remote Control
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Optional Remote Control Operation
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MOON Equinox SE CD Player
Specifications
Configuration .........................................................
Power Supply Transformer .......................................
Power Supply Capacitance ......................................
Transport Mechanism .............................................
Digital Filter / Digital-to-Analog Converter ..................
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 Output..........................................................
Digital Output .........................................................
Maximum Analog Output @ 0dBFS ..........................
Analog Output Impedance .......................................
Digital Output Impedance - S/PDIF ..........................
Standard Remote Control ........................................
Optional Remote Control .........................................
Power Consumption @ idle .....................................
AC Power Requirements .........................................
Shipping Weight .....................................................
Dimensions (W x H x D, inches) ..............................
Fuse Replacement:
Single-ended
25VA
13,500µF
Philips L1210/S
BurrBrown PCM1730E
20Hz - 20kHz +0/-0.2dB
2Hz - 72kHz +0/-3dB
< 0.001%
< 0.003%
> 110dB
> 109dB @ full output
50V/µs
> 109dB
< ±1.0dB to below 110dBFS
< 50 picoseconds RMS
1 pair RCA
S/PDIF RCA
2.0 Volts RMS
100Ω
75Ω (0.5 Volts)
Full-Function
All Aluminum Full-Function
8 Watts
120V / 60Hz or 240V / 50Hz
22 lbs / 10 Kgs
17 x 4.25 x 15
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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