Moon Audio is a based in Cary, NC, and focuses on headphone-related gear. They’re one of the best-known retailers in the US for high-end headphones and related gear, and also offer a sought-after custom headphone cable, the Silver Dragon series, to customers looking to take their head-fi setups to the next level.
The sheer variety that Drew and team carted up to CanMania was completely daunting, but I was able to sit down at several points along their u-shaped station and listen to some gear I’ve only read about previously. I spent some time with the magnificent Fostex TH900 headphones that John Grandberg fell in love with. He’s absolutely right — these are just dynamite cans; gorgeous, light-weight, and comfortable. Yes, they sound pretty great, too. Ha! Moving to the opposite end of that table took me to the B.M.C. PureDAC, here paired with some Audeze LCD-X headphones. I was struck by how fine that all-in-one (if you’re a headphone guy) system was — DAC + amp, with balanced outs, and seriously, you’re done.
But what caught my eye, both initially and finally, was that stunning Cary Audio CAD-300-SEI Drew had out front-and-center. Apparently, this is a heavily modded-up unit, done at the factory by Cary, based on Drew’s requests. I was listening to Drew articulate all this while falling into a trance, staring into that automotive paint finish. The amplifier, a legend only in part for its fantastic headphone output, was matched up with some new Grado PS1000e, and listening to that pairing, fronted by a PS Audio DirectStream DAC, and my heart was filled with impure thoughts. Ahem.