Moondrop MoonRiver 2 DAC/Amp


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A flagship that’s a fraction of the size

The goal of portable audio is to pack the greatest performance into the smallest size, and in this respect the MoonRiver 2 DAC/Amp is a bona fide champ. While it boasts features and specs that are usually only seen in desktop products, its greatest asset might be its performance-to-price ratio.

Pro-level processing

The MoonRiver 2 has no problem processing high-resolution file formats, whether it’s CD lossless 16-bit/44.1kHz, master-level 24-bit/192kHz, or pro-level 32-bit/384kHz. It can even handle DSD256 from an ultra-high-def audio source. For the MoonRiver 2, it’s all a cinch.

Premier high-end DAC chips

The MoonRiver 2 uses dual flagship CS43198 decoder chips from world-renowned Cirrus Logic, creating a digital-to-analog conversion experience that is beyond expectation.

4Vrms of balanced output

The MoonRiver 2 combines two high-performance dual-op amp chips for a four-channel circuit. In plain English, that spells a jaw-dropping amount of power for a portable: 4Vrms. Power like that can drive even flagship full-sized 300Ω headphones.

The ultimate in portable performance

The MoonRiver 2 opens a new chapter of portable device capabilities with specs that rival desktop units. It boasts a dynamic range of 131dB, THD+N of 0.0001%, and SNR of 116dB.

Dual headphone outputs

The MoonRiver 2’s dual headphone outputs support both 3.5mm single-ended and 4.4mm balanced headphones.

Product highlights

  • Dual Cirrus Logic CS43198 DAC chips
  • Two dual-op amp chips
  • 4Vrms of output power
  • 131dB DNR
  • 116dB SNR
  • 0.0001% THD+N
  • Dual headphone outputs support 3.5mm and 4.4mm balanced
  • USB Type-C
  • Lightweight aluminum alloy body


  • DAC chip: CS43198 x2
  • Amp chip: Dual-op amp chip x2
  • Maximum supported playback: 32-bit/384kHz, DSD256
  • Outputs: 3.5mm single-ended, 4.4mm balanced
  • Frequency range: 6Hz - 85kHz (±1dB)
  • USB interface: USB Type-C
  • Background noise
    • 4.4mm: 1.5uV
    • 3.5mm: 1.2uV
  • THD+N
    • 4.4mm: 4Vrms 0.00013% @300Ω  
    • 3.5mm: 2Vrms 0.0008% @32Ω
  • SNR: 
    • 4.4mm: 131dB
    • 3.5mm: 123dB
  • Firmware upgrade: supported
  • Line out
    • 4.4mm: 4Vrms (high), 2.8Vrms (low)
    • 3.5mm: 2Vrms (high), 1.4Vrms (low)

What’s included 

  • Moondrop MoonRiver 2 DAC/Amp
  • USB Type-C cable x1
  • USB Type-A Cable x1
  • Manual x1

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