To Doug Schneider,
Thank you for posting a very informative and helpful response to my question regarding a Simaudio Moon DAC upgrade.
I am very much satisfied with my Moon i-1 and CD-1 but was curious whether a potential DAC purchase for the Sony Blu-ray would benefit the existing Moon components as well. Good thing you mentioned that very few DACs can handle Direct-Stream Digital (DSD) for SACD playback. I now realize that most external DACs are aimed at computer-based audio and perhaps few, if any, will ever incorporate decoding for DSD. Hopefully some DACs eventually will.
Based on my experience with my own Moon i-1 and CD-1, I suspect that the Moon 300D is a fabulous DAC at its price point. My decision will be based on what I intend to use a DAC for at this time. Noting it (and the competition) cannot accept digital data from an SACD disc player, I may elect for the less-expensive Moon 100D simply to better enjoy uncompressed PCM from the Sony Blu-ray player. Also, I might explore the Oppo BDP-95 universal Blu-ray player, which can also play SACD and DVD-Audio discs. The Oppo has better onboard DACs than the much-less-expensive Sony.
I think you’re wise to look at an all-in-one SACD player to improve DSD playback. Oppo makes great universal players that not only play SACDs, but basically every other disc format there is. They are also very reasonably priced, so that’s as good a place as any to start. . . . Doug Schneider