Canadian audio brand Moon has updated its 250i integrated amplifier, adding a moving magnet phono stage for the first time and updating the internal circuitry to deliver better sound quality.
Readers playing a game of spot-the-difference may be disappointed: at first glance, the new 250i v2 looks virtually identical to the outgoing 250i model. The stereo amplifier remains an all-analog affair at 50 watts per channel into 8 ohms (or 100W into 4 ohms).
But all changes have been made internally. The circuit design has been upgraded with next-generation semiconductors to help improve sound quality, says Moon, and there’s a new shield for the power supply.
Most importantly, it now has a moving magnet phono stage, so vinyl fans can finally connect a turntable to the amp. In terms of connections, you get five line-level RCA inputs (including the phono input with ground), a pair of pre-outs and a single set of speaker terminals on the rear panel. In addition, there is a 3.5mm analog input and a 6.3mm headphone jack on the front panel.
Cosmetically, the design remains the same, but the chassis is rigid and designed to reduce unwanted vibrations. And like all Moon products, the 250i v2 is designed and manufactured in Canada.
The amplifier is available in two finishes: all black or a two-tone silver and black version. The new Moon 250i V2 amp is available now for £2350 / $2400.
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