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    Simaudio 700i v2

    Just curious why you don't hear anything about this amp? It seems like an outstanding integrated amp. Is it relatively new?

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    Re: Simaudio 700i v2

    Just curious why you don't hear anything about this amp? It seems like an outstanding integrated amp. Is it relatively new? Is the field of integrated amps becoming too crowded? There are a lot of outstanding integrated amps on the market right now, that's for sure. The competition is VERY stiff. Looks to be in direct competition with amps like the Gryphon Diablo 120 and Luxman 509x. But I would think there is always room for more top quality integrated amps like the Simaudio Moon 700i v2. Simaudio is very well known for sonic and build excellence. But I'm at least a little surprised this amp hasn't garnered a little more attention. Check it out on their website. Pretty impressive. Caveat...I have no connection with the company. I'm just a curious potential customer.

    https://simaudio.com/en/product/700i...v=445d337b5cd5

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    Re: Simaudio 700i v2

    Itís very new. Not a lot of reviews out there yet. At this price point, itís competing with some big names like Gryphon and some like the Hegel 590 that offer a killer internal DAC. I would personally have no issues picking the 700i V2. I like the Sim sound.
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    Re: Simaudio 700i v2

    Yeah, Mike, that Hegel H590 is really a beast. With 301 wpc x 2 into 8 ohms and that uber serious, built in DAC and all the streaming options...holy cow! I mean what's not to like with that amp? Right now I can only go by what I've read since I've not heard one. And the reviews are glowing, very consistently so. It also appears to have top notch build quality and uses the great components. Yep, a tough one to beat. BTW, I'll get to do a live audition of the H590 using the same speakers I have at home (Harbeth Super HL 5+ 40th Anniversary models) in October. Lucky me! It'd be great to hear a Simaudio Moon 700i v2 also, but there will be so many outstanding amps for me to audition as it is. I'll be the proverbial kid in the candy store.

    Unfortunately, I won't be able to make my purchase until January. But, in October I'll at least be able to actually hear all the amps in action and make a much better informed choice. So, it'll only be 3 more months to wait by the time I'm able to make my purchase...on my birthday. But, I gotta say, the wait is still difficult.

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    Re: Simaudio 700i v2

    Quote Originally Posted by bluegrassphile View Post
    Yeah, Mike, that Hegel H590 is really going to be a tough one to beat. With 301 wpc x 2 into 8 ohms and that uber serious, built in DAC and all the streaming options...holy cow! I mean what's not to like with that amp? Right now I can only go by what I've read since I've not heard one. And the reviews are glowing and very consistently so. It also appears to have top notch build quality and uses the great components when you look inside. Yep, a tough one to beat. BTW, I'll get to do a live audition of the H590 using the same speakers I have at home (Harbeth Super HL 5+ 40th Anniversary models) in October. Lucky me! It'd be great to hear a Simaudio Moon 700i v2 also, but there will be so many outstanding amps for me to audition as it is. I'll be the proverbial kid in the candy store. Mike, ya can't sell anything else until January...LOL!
    I will have the new 390, not 590. Someone bought the 590. The 390 will give you the Hegel sound and still 250 watts/channel and same great DAC internally. We have the 340ix from Sim which again will give you the Sim sound to compare against. Hegel, SimAudio, Gryphon Diablo 300, VAC i170iQ, T+A PA3100HV, Luxman 509x, NAIM SuperNait 3, Pass INT-60, Viva Solista, etc. are all on tap.
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    Re: Simaudio 700i v2

    Yeah, the H390 is a killer too. Lots of great stuff to hear.

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    Re: Simaudio 700i v2

    Stretch the budget. Get one of Gryphon Diablo 300, VAC i170iQ or T+A PA3100HV. Anything else, youíll flip it in a few months for one of these 3 anyway.

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    Re: Simaudio 700i v2

    Quote Originally Posted by kzhtoo View Post
    Stretch the budget. Get one of Gryphon Diablo 300, VAC i170iQ or T+A PA3100HV. Anything else, you’ll flip it in a few months for one of these 3 anyway.

    I love your choices. I sure hope I won't be wanting to flip in a few months. This is kind of a one shot deal for me. Since I'm retired this may be my only chance to own a truly high end audio system. So I have to make this time count. I'm not going to be able to afford going on an a high end audio flipping spree. The closest I'll come to that is auditioning as many high end components as I can when I visit Suncoast Audio this fall and make my decision on an amp and streaming components accordingly. I'm so looking forward to it. A big kid in toyland...lol.

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    Re: Simaudio 700i v2

    The 700i was on my short list three years ago (along with PASS INT-250 and Vitus R-100; Gryphon had not then re-entered the US). I was rolling the dice and buying based on reviews. TAS and/or Stereophile had a glowing review of the 700i, but I just couldn't find forum posts about it, positive or negative. I wanted to buy something that had more customer reviews. Listen Up, the big Colorado audio store would pair it with B&W at RMAF and I did read some good reviews of that room. While the V2 is indeed brand new, the 700i has been around for nearly a decade, I believe. Mike can tell you what the upgrades are in the V2, but I don't think you should worry about buying something untested and unproven in the market -- I imagine Simaudio would have phased it out rather than upgrade it if it wasn't generating sales (I wonder if it's popular in Canada, but just not US). I'm sure Mike will walk you through a what's-important-to-you exercise to determine best fit for your needs, if he hasn't already. The 700i, as you may know, only has one XLR balanced input. I wanted two.

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    Re: Simaudio 700i v2

    I'll have to admit, the Simaudio 700i v2 really has my attention. Mike has a Simaudio 340ix in stock so maybe I'll get to try one out and see if I like the Simaudio sound. It has started to produce some top notch reviews.

    I'm also very interested in the new Naim Supernait 3 (SN3). The Simaudio 340ix and SN3 are in the same relative price range. I'm sure I would be extremely happy with either amp.

    OTOH, if the main difference between the 340ix and 700i v2 is simply power, and the 340ix provides enough of it, I would stand to save thousands of dollars choosing it over the 700i v2. But, I really like the idea of plenty of power on reserve for low distortion during transient peaks at higher volume levels. Maybe the 340ix and Naim Supernait 3 would provide that, maybe not? At any rate, I'm sure any of these amps will produce superb sound. Then there's Hegel... As I've said several times, I'm really anxious to try some amps out to see what my ears choose. I'll get to do just that in October.

 

 
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