CD Transport and optional 32-bit D/A Converter
Owner’s Manual
260D Nēo Series
Owner’s Manual
Important Safety Instructions
Read these instructions.
Keep these instructions.
Heed all warnings.
Follow all instructions.
Do not use this apparatus near water.
Clean only with a dry cloth.
Do not block ventilation openings. Install in
accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Do not install near any heat sources such as
radiators, heat registers, stoves or another
apparatus that produces heat.
receptacles, and the point where they exit from the
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.
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 groundingtype 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.
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.
10. Protect the power cord from being walked on or
pinched, particularly at plugs, convenience
15. No naked flame sources, such as candles, should be
placed on the apparatus.
260D Nēo Series
Important Safety Instructions
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 Nēo 260D CD Transport/DAC.
ALWAYS disconnect your entire system from
the AC mains before connecting or
disconnecting any cables, or when cleaning any
component. To completely disconnect this
apparatus from the AC mains, disconnect the
power supply cord plug from the AC receptacle.
NEVER wet the inside of the Nēo 260D with
any liquid. If a liquid substance does enter your
Nēo 260D, immediately disconnect it from the
AC mains and take it to your MOON dealer for a
complete check-up.
The Nēo 260D 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 Nēo 260D
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
NEVER spill or pour liquids directly onto the
Nēo 260D.
NEVER block air flow through ventilation slots
or heatsinks.
NEVER bypass any fuse.
AC extension cords are NOT recommended for
use with this product. The mains plug of the
power supply cord
shall remain readily
12. NEVER expose the Nēo 260D to extremely high
or low temperatures.
NEVER use flammable or combustible
chemicals for cleaning audio components.
14. ALWAYS keep electrical equipment out of
reach of children.
NEVER operate the Nēo 260D 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.
equipment during lightning storms.
10. NEVER replace any fuse with a value or type
other than those specified
11. NEVER attempt to repair the Nēo 260D. If a
problem occurs contact your MOON dealer.
13. NEVER operate the Nēo 260D in an explosive
16. WARNING: Do not expose batteries or battery
pack to excessive heat such as sunshine, or fire
or the like.
Owner’s Manual
Table of Contents
Installation & Placement
Front Panel Controls
Rear Panel Connections
Balanced Operation
Operating the 260D
Remote Control Operation
Simaudio Ltd., 1345 Newton Road
Boucherville, Québec J4B 5H2 CANADA
Date Code: 20161028
260D Nēo Series
Thank you for selecting the MOON Nēo 260D CD
Transport 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 Transports available in
its class. We have been building high-performance
audio equipment for over 30 years, and the know-how
gained through our cumulative experience is an
important reason why MOON digital audio products are
so musically satisfying.
Your Nēo 260D CD Transport incorporates many
significant design features to achieve its “world class”
level of performance. This is an abbreviated list of the
more important features:
The performance of your Nēo 260D 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 Transport.
Two (2) digital outputs – S/PDIF and AES/EBU.
Before setting up your new 260D, we encourage you to
please read this manual thoroughly to properly
acquaint yourself with its features. We hope you enjoy
listening to the Nēo 260D CD Transport 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
Proprietary CD drive system with in-house developed
hardware & software.
CD drive system mounted on our M-Quattro gel-based 4point floating suspension for vibration damping, allowing
ambient and spatial cues in your recordings to come to life
like never before.
Oversized power supply with up to 13 stages of voltage
regulation (5 for Transport and 8 for the DAC).
RS-232 port for (i) full unsolicited bidirectional feedback and
(ii) firmware updates; IR input for external control with
aftermarket infrared remote control receivers and SimLinkTM
controller ports that allow for 2-way communications
between other MOON components.
Rigid chassis construction to minimize the effects of external
With Optional Digital-to-Analog Converter:
32-bit asynchronous DAC.
Four (4) digital inputs (S/PDIF x 2, TosLink x 1 and USB x 1)
allowing for a connection to virtually any digital source.
USB input with galvanic isolation which eliminates all
ground current (i.e. no electrical connection) between the USB
device (computer,music server, etc) and the 260D, preserving
the accuracy of the audio signal.
Advanced analog signal path using a DC servo circuit and
proprietary analog filter..
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The Nēo 260D CD Transport should be removed from its box with care.
The following accessories should be included inside the box with your CD Transport:
AC power cable
‘‘CRM-3’ remote control with two ‘CR-2032’ batteries
‘SimLink™’ cable with 1/8” mini plug terminations on each end
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Warranty and product registration information (USA and Canada only)
Once the Nēo 260D is unpacked, inspect it thoroughly 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 case you’re required to
transport this product. The customized packaging is specially designed to protect the 260D from any potential
damage during transit.
Please write the serial number of your new Nēo 260D in the space provided below for future reference.
Serial Number
Installation & Placement
The Nēo 260D requires only minimal ventilation to
maintain an optimum and consistent operating
temperature. However, you should avoid placing it near
a heat source as this could compromise the CD
Transport’s performance and reliability. As well, it
should be placed on a solid level surface. The 260D uses
a toroidal transformer; even though it is well shielded,
you should not place the CD Transport too close to
source components sensitive to EMI, such as a
action (i.e. starting from the center and aiming towards
the edges). Do not attempt to clean a compact disc
using a rotating motion.
Compact discs are easily damaged, and must be kept
very clean. Always store them in their cases. Dirty or
finger-marked discs will reproduce music poorly.
Moreover, the transport 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
Note: Apple-based computers don’t require this
If you intend to use the Nēo 260D’s USB input
connection with a Windows-based computer,
you will need to install our USB HD driver, which
can be downloaded from the support section of
our website
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Front Panel Controls
Figure 1: Nēo 260D 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 corresponding time
information. For units equipped with the optional 32-bit DAC, the display will indicate the selected digital input
(“D1” thru “D4”) and the corresponding sampling frequency in kHz (“44.1” thru “192.0”) of the source material
currently being played.
The “Standby” button disengages all internal circuitry
from the power supply, except for the controller circuit
and the IR receiver. The blue indicator LED turns off
when the Nēo 260D is in “Standby” mode. The 260D
will automatically go into standby mode after
approximately 20 minutes of inactivity. However, you
can disable this automatic standby feature by pressing
and holding the “Program” button for two seconds until
“0 EuP” appears in the display window. To revert back to
the default mode, simply repeat this operation; press
and hold the “Program” button for two seconds until
appears “1 EuP” in the display window.
The “Program” button allows you to program a
selection of tracks to play in any desired order. After
loading a compact disc into the Nēo 260D, 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 260D’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 left of the
“Program” button will illuminate and remain on until
you clear your program from memory.
The “Display” button allows you to turn the digital
display on and off.
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 left 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.
For units equipped with the optional 32-bit DAC, the
“Input” button is used to select an external digital
source by sequentially scrolling through four (4) digital
inputs: D1 and D2 use an RCA connector for a S/PDIF
digital signal; D3 uses a TosLink connector for an optical
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digital signal and D4 uses a USB type B connector for
use with a computer equipped with a USB port and
music player software such as iTunes, J-River, Winamp,
etc. Note: you cannot connect a USB flash drive or
external hard drive to the “D4” input. When you change
inputs, the display window will show the new digital
input and briefly, four (4) dashes “----”. These dashes
indicate that the Nēo 260D is in the process of locking
onto a digital signal – this may take several seconds.
Once the Nēo 260D successfully locks onto the digital
signal, the four dashes will be replaced by the sampling
rate frequency of this digital signal. When the DAC
cannot lock onto the selected digital input signal, “----”
remains in the display window. The 260D’s DAC is
capable of processing a digital signal at one of the
following six (6) different sampling rates: “44.1”, “48.0”,
“88.2”, “96.0” , “176.4” and “192.0” (all in kHz). To return
back to the disc input, simply press the “Input” button;
the disc input follows the “D4” input.
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 left of the “Random” button will
illuminate when you’ve engaged the random mode.
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 Nēo 260D will display the elapsed time of the track
currently playing. The scrolling order is as follows:
Elapsed time of the current track
Remaining time of the current track
Elapsed time of the entire disc (or program)
Remaining time of the entire disc (or program)
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; 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. Finally, the display mode that you
select will continue to be used until you either select
another mode or power down the Nēo 260D using the
main power switch located on the rear panel.
To load a compact disc into the Nēo 260D, press S to
open the drawer. While the drawer is opened, four (4)
dashes “----” will appear in the display. Place the CD in
the drawer with the label side facing up. To close the
drawer, press S again; Once the CD is successfully read,
the total number of tracks and total playing time will
appear in the display window. As a result of various
copy protection schemes, some CDs will take longer to
read than others.
When you load a CD that contains no musical tracks (i.e.
data only), the word ‘DATA’ will appear in the display
window. As well, if you load a disc that is not
compatible with the 260D (i.e. SACD, DVD-A, DVDVideo etc), the phrase ‘NO DISC’ will appear in the
display window.
Finally, when you inadvertently leave the
drawer open, it will automatically close after
approximately three (3) minutes.
Press X to begin playing a compact disc. Pressing X
while a track is already playing will result in the current
track immediately playing again, starting from the
beginning. 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. When 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 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 the disc. Press „ to stop
the compact disc from playing. The laser will return to
the start position of the disc.
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Rear Panel Connections
Figure 2: Nēo 260D Rear panel
The rear panel will look similar to Figure 2 (above). The analog outputs are on the left side; There are two pairs,
“Right” and “Left”, each with a single-ended RCA and balanced XLR connector. These are “Fixed Level” outputs,
intended to be connected to a line-level input on either your preamplifier or integrated amplifier. We strongly
recommend that you use the balanced XLR connectors on your 260D to maximize its level of performance. Both
pairs of analog outputs can be used simultaneously if required. Don’t hesitate to use high quality interconnect
cables*. Poor quality interconnect cables can degrade the overall sonic performance of your system.
Next is a group of four (4) “Digital Inputs” labelled “D1”
thru “D4”. Inputs “D1” and “D2” are S/PDIF on RCA
connectors, benefitting most from cables with an
impedance of 75Ω. Input “D3” is Optical and uses a
Toslink connector. Finally, input “D4” is USB type-B
connector. Next, are two digital outputs; AES/EBU on a
XLR connector (that benefits most from a 110Ω digital
audio cable terminated with XLR connectors) and SPDIF
on an RCA connector. Don’t hesitate to use high quality
digital interconnect cables*.
The right side of the rear panel has various connectors
for external communications. The Nēo 260D is
equipped with full-function bi-directional RS-232 port
control and status for custom integration or
automation, as well as future software updates. Next to
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.
Then there is a 1/8” mini-jack input for use with
aftermarket infrared remote control receivers.
Finally on the far right side is the main power switch
(“0”=off, “1”=on), the IEC receptacle, labeled “AC Input”
for the included AC power cord, and the “AC Fuse”
socket cover. Connect the supplied AC power cable to
the IEC receptacle. Ensure that the AC wall outlet you
use has a functioning ground. For the best sonic
performance, it is preferable that you plug your 260D
directly into a dedicated AC outlet and avoid using an
extension cord.
* Please speak with your MOON Authorized Retailer about the
benefits of high quality cables for your system.
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The SimLink™ provides communication features
between various MOON components. For example, if
you were to connect the 260D to the 260D via the
SimLink™, pressing the X (play) button on the 260D will
cause the 260D to automatically switch to the input
labelled ‘CD’.
The main feature of SimLink™ on the Nēo 260D,
involves the “Standby” function. By pressing down and
holding the “Standby” button for 2 seconds on the
260D, all other MOON components connected via the
SimLink will go into “Standby” mode along with the
260D. The same logic applies when switching from
“Standby” to active mode.
The connection rules for the SimLink™ are very
straightforward. 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 may not function. Also, there is
no master component in a SimLink™ chain; no one
particular component operates as the main
communications controller. If you are using your Nēo
260D with an older MOON product such as a P-7, P-8 or
i-7, you will need to update the software of the older
product to allow for complete SimLink™ functionality.
Contact your retailer for further details.
Operating the Nēo 260D
Turning on your Nēo 260D for the first time
Prior to turning the CD Transport on for the first time,
make sure that every cable is properly connected to
avoid any problems. Flick the main rocker switch,
located on the rear panel, labeled “POWER” to the ‘1’
(on) position. Next, briefly press the push button
labeled “Standby” located on the front panel. You will
hear a very faint click sound confirming that everything
is in order. The blue LED on the front panel will
illuminate, indicating that the 260D 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 260D on or off, you should always power up your
260D before powering up your preamplifier, integrated
amplifier or power amplifier. As well, always power
down your 260D after powering down your
preamplifier, integrated amplifier or power amplifier.
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 Nēo 260D, 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 cancel out.
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Remote Control Operation
The Nēo 260D CD Transport uses the ‘CRM-3’ full-function remote control (figure 3).
It operates on the Philips RC-5 communication protocol and can be used with other
MOON components.
The ‘CRM-3’ remote uses two CR-2032 batteries (included). To install them, simply
slide the back plate off; insert the batteries in the correct direction and then replace
the back plate.
To engage the ‘CRM-3’ remote for use with the 260D CD Player, you must first press
the button labeled CD.
(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 260D’s front panel. Please refer to page 8 for a
more detailed description of the “RDM”, “RPT” and “PROG” buttons.
0 thru 9
Direct access track number selection
Open/Close the Compact Disc drawer
Turns the front panel display on and off
To switch from listening to the disc loaded in the player
to an external digital source connected to the player
Stop playing the CD’s current track
Pauses the player
Play the compact disc loaded into the player
Press Once: Go back to the previous track on the disc
Press and hold: Scan backward through current track
Press Once: Skip to the next track on the disc
Press and hold: Scan forward through current track
Figure 3: CRM-3 Remote Control
For Nēo 260D units equipped with the optional 32-bit
DAC, you can sequentially scroll, either backwards or
forwards, through all four (4) available inputs using the
2 buttons labelled ƒ INPUT „. For example, to switch
from “D4” to “D1” you may press either ƒ INPUT three
(3) times or INPUT „ one (1) time. Pressing and holding
down either of these buttons results in only a single
change to the selected input.
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Remote operation with multiple MOON components
Figure 4: Remote operation with SimLink™
In figure 4 we have a 180 MiND Music Streamer connected to a Nēo 260D CD Transport via their respective
SimLink™ ports (using a 1/8” mini-jack cable), and the 260D connected to a 340i Integrated Amplifier also via their
respective SimLink™ ports. When you launch the MiND App on your Apple smart device (full list on the MiND page
of our website) and select this system’s ZONE, the 180 MiND, 260D and 340i will alll turn on. As well, the 260D,
equipped with the optional DAC, will automatically switch to the default MiND input “D1”. To shut down the
system, press “Off” for this ZONE in the MiND app.
Figure 5: Remote Operation with SimLink™ and 12V Trigger
In figure 5 we have a Nēo 260D CD Transport connected to a 350P Preamplifier via their respective SimLink™
ports (using a 1/8” mini-jack cable), and the 350P is connected to a 330A Amplifier via their respective 12V
triggers (also using a 1/8” mini-jack cable). When you turn on the 260D via remote control (or its Standby button),
both the 350P and 330A will turn on automatically. The same rule applies when you put the 260D into Standby
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Digital Outputs (2)
Remote Control
Full-Function CRM-3
Power Consumption in Standby
0.5 watts
AC Power Requirements
120V / 60Hz or 240V / 50Hz
Shipping Weight
16 lbs / 7.5 Kgs
Dimensions (W x H x D, inches / cm.)
16.9 x 3.4 x 13.1 / 42.9 x 8.6 x 33.3
Optional 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter:
Digital Filter / Digital-to-Analog Converter
Frequency Response (full range)
2Hz - 100kHz +0/-3dB
THD @1kHz, 0dBFS (A-weighted)
Intermodulation Distortion
Dynamic Range
Signal-to-noise Ratio
120dB @ full output
Channel Separation
Intrinsic Jitter
1 picosecond RMS
Analog Outputs – Balanced / Single Ended
1 pair XLR / 1 pair RCA
Analog Output Impedance - XLR / RCA
Analog Output @ 0dBFS - XLR / RCA
2.0 Volts
Bit-depth range / Sampling Frequency
16 to 24 bits / 44.1kHz to 192kHz
Digital Inputs (4)
2x S/PDIF (RCA), 1x TosLink, 1x USB
Balanced Pin Assignment:
Pin 1
Pin 2
Pin 3
NOTE: If you require the RS-232 codes for your Nēo 260D, please visit the "Contact Us" page
and complete the "Information request" form on our website at www.simaudio.com.
Fuse Replacements:
F1 All versions use 0.5A slow blow (5 x 20mm size)
F2 : 120V version uses a 0.2A slow blow (5 x 20mm).
230V version uses a 0.1A slow blow (5 x 20mm).
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