Edinburgh hi-fi specialist makes big noise with Moon

Costa Koulisakis of Simaudio, left, with John Carroll of Edinburgh-based Renaissance Audio. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Costa Koulisakis of Simaudio, left, with John Carroll of Edinburgh-based Renaissance Audio. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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One of the most expensive pieces of hi-fi equipment ever to be built was set to receive its first public showing outside North America today, thanks to the efforts of an Edinburgh-based audio distributor.

Renaissance Audio, which has been representing Canadian manufacturer Simaudio’s Moon brand in the UK for almost 20 years, was due to take the wraps off the £120,000-plus amplifier at an event at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Leith.

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It marks the official UK launch of the hand-crafted “888”, so-named due to its massive power output expressed in watts, with most regular designs pumping out less than a tenth of that amount. In addition to its heady price tag, the component is one of the heaviest ever built at almost 140kg.

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Renaissance Audio, which also acts as the UK distributor for a range of US-built turntables, has built a framework of sales, logistics, service support and marketing since taking on the Moon contract.

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