DS-10 Evo

$3,699.00

The DS-10 EVO is a streaming DAC integrating headphone output and preamp in a beautiful aluminium chassis. Based on the high performing AKM AK4493 DAC chipset, it is capable of handling audio files up to PCM 32bit/768kHz and DSD512. The DS-10 EVO features LAN, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0.

A DIGITAL AUDIO SOURCE HAS NEVER BEEN SO CONTEMPORARY

The DS-10 is a versatile state-of-the-art streaming DAC, featuring a D/A converter with a cutting-edge streamer, a line preamplifier and a headphone amplifier. In addition to the already complete connectivity, it also features high-definition Bluetooth and audiophile headphone output. The DS-10 supports high-resolution files, such as MQA and DSD (up to DSD512), providing the best audio quality to enjoy your favorite songs. The technology of the DS-10 is enclosed in a compact-sized ultra-rigid aluminium chassis, which makes it the perfect addition to a modern High-End audio system.

HIGH-END DAC AND NETWORK STREAMER

With the DS-10, you can stream through Roon, Airplay, Tidal, MQA, Qobuz, Spotify, vTuner, and Deezer or access your collection of digital music stored locally on a NAS or a USB flash drive, controlling the device with our easy-to-use GN Control App on your smartphone or tablet (available for free on iOS and Android). In addition the DS-10 EVO, thanks to the implementation of Tidal Connect, you will be also able to stream directly from Tidal. A fully Roon Ready streamer, the DS-10 is also compatible with all UPnP/DLNA services, and Airplay 2.0. Simply connect it to your network using the Wi-Fi or the Ethernet port and to your power amplifier or active speakers, and get ready to explore the limitless possibilities of high-resolution music.

LINE PREAMPLIFIER AND HEADPHONES AMP

The DS-10 is equipped with an on/off switchable High-End Analogue Preamp stage to enable the control of the analogue volume using the remote, the SKC or the app GN Control, ensuring the best performance ever. The DS-10 also features a professional 6.3mm headphones output with two sensitivity levels (High/Low), a proprietary technology we developed to get the best out of your headphones. With the additional analogue input, the LINE model becomes the perfect integration between the Gold Note PH-10 phono stage and the PA-10 power amplifier.

DIGITAL CHAMELEON AUDIOPHILE DAC

The DS-10 has a unique feature that sets it apart from any other DAC, making it the most versatile DAC available today – three different profiles can be selected to fine-tune the performance of the DAC. The DAC behaviour can be changed to adapt to the music played without modifying the audio signal and thus maintaining the highest audio quality, acting on the deemphasis, the low-pass digital filters and the DSD filter. Such profiles can be selected in real-time during music playback delivering a unique listening experience and ease of use thanks to the clear menu on the TFT display. It’s time to enjoy the unprecedented listening pleasure that only the DS-10 can offer you!

A CUTTING-EDGE AND SUPER INTUITIVE UI

You can quickly check all the functions available on the DS-10 on its large 2.8” TFT display and fully control it through the SKC (Single Knob Control) located on the front panel, the Gold Note remote control, or the dedicated App GN Control, which in addition displays on your smartphone or tablet all information registered on the track as well as the real resolution format. On top of that, the user experience of the DS-10 EVO, compared to the previous DS-10, has been further improved with a renewed interface, evolving toward greater user-friendliness and allowing for firmware updates over the air.

ROON READY

Roon Ready network devices have Roon’s streaming technology built in, and are certified by Roon Labs to provide the highest level of quality and performance in network

Technical Specifications

D/A Converter AKM AK4493 PCM (32bit/768kHz, DSD512)
Frequency response 20Hz-20kHz +/-0.1dB
THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) 0.001% max
Signal to Noise ratio 125dB
Dynamic range 120dB
Output impedance 50Ω
Preamp Stage Volume Control enabled/disabled
DIGITAL INPUTS 1x RCA coaxial PCM asynchronous up to 24bit/192kHz

2x TOS-optical PCM asynchronous up to 24bit/192kHz

1x AES/EBU XLR PCM asynchronous up to 24bit/192kHz

1x USB-A port DSD256 and PCM up to 32bit/384kHz, formatted in FAT32/NTFS (32Gb max for pen drives)

1x USB-B asynchronous up to DSD512 and PCM up to 32bit/384kHz

1x Network (LAN/WLAN) DSD256 and PCM up to 32bit/384kHz

ANALOG INPUT 3.5mm mini jack (input impedance 10kΩ)
AUDIO OUTPUTS DAC: 1 RCA @ 2Vrms, 1 XLR @ 2Vrms

PREAMP: 1 RCA, 1 XLR; 1 headphone output with 6,3mm jack

POWER Power supply: 100-240V / 50-60Hz

Multiple Transformer proprietary power supply

Power consumption: 35W

Fuse 2A F

NETWORK CONNECTIVITY LAN/WLAN (WiFi) 10/433Mbps 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Dual Band

Bluetooth: High Definition 5.0 (44/16)

HIGH-QUALITY STREAMING Tidal, Qobuz, MQA, vTuner, Deezer, Spotify Connect,

Airplay, Roon Ready, Tidal Connect

SUPPORTED AUDIO FORMATS (NETWORK) Up to PCM 32bit/384kHz

AIFF (.aif, .aiff, .aifc)

ALAC

WAV (.wav) packed/unpacked

FLAC

MP3

DSD256: DSF, DFF

Apple Lossless

OGG

Monkey’s

IMPORTANT: UPnP server must support DSD streaming in order to stream DSD files.

SUPPORTED MEDIA SERVERS All UPnP / DLNA / Roon
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 200 W x 80 H x 260 D mm

Weight: Kg. 4 net – Kg. 5 boxed

FINISHES Brushed Aluminum available in Black, Silver or Gold
REMOTE CONTROL Multifunctional remote control
APP GN Control
CHAMELEON DAC The 3 parameters of the Chameleon Function affect the sound independently, so you can change one at a time to fine-tune the DAC. The effects can also be combined for a total of 48 configurations, giving you virtually unlimited flexibility.

The parameter that affects the sound the most is the PCM EQ, which controls the DAC chipset. Here’s a summary of the settings:

1 (natural tone) = super slow roll-off

2 (acoustic tone) = short delay with slow roll-off, with a group delay of 5.3/Fs

3 (traditional tone) = slow roll-off

4 (harmonic sound) = short delay with low dispersion

5 (acoustic sound) = short delay with sharp roll-off, with a group delay of 6.25/Fs

6 (traditional sound) = sharp roll-off

We suggest starting the fine-tuning with the PCM EQ, then move to adjust the DEE, and lastly the DSD filter.

These two parameters are extremely delicate so the way they affect the sound is finer and less evident but can make quite a difference in some systems.

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