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    Gold Note DS-10

    £2,370.00
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    DESCRIPTION +

     Gold Note DS-10

    The Gold Note DS-10 is a versatile state-of-the-art streaming DAC designed for the contemporary audiophile, it’s much more than just a DAC. The experience gained with our flagship models has inspired us to design this smaller all-in-one unit featuring DAC, Streamer, Line Preamplifier – with AES-EBU digital inputs typical of the professional market – Headphone Output, and advanced connectivity for a fresh new experience of digital music with High-End quality.

     

    A COMPLETE DIGITAL AUDIO SOURCE: STREAMING D/A CONVERTER WITH HEADPHONE OUTPUT AND LINE PREAMPLIFIER

     The Gold Note DS-10 is a 4-in-1 digital source that features a UPnP-DLNA Streamer, High-End D/A Converter, Line Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier. Inspired by our acclaimed IS-1000 All-In-One unit, it combines its extended connectivity features with the exceptional high-resolution of the Bluetooth 5.0 – for the first time ever on a High-End audio product – and the impressive headphone double power GAIN output.

    Part of the Series 10, the DS-10 is the perfect connection between the PH-10 phono stage and the PA-10 power amplifier, and the core of a smart stereo system.

    The DS-10 is a Roon Ready device with a quick plug&play set-up and multi-room capabilities. 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. Stream through Roon, Airplay, Tidal, MQA, Qobuz, Spotify and Deezer or access your collection of digital music stored locally on a NAS or a USB flash drive controlling the DS-10 with our easy to use GN Control App on your smartphone or tablet (available for free on iOS and Android).

    The DS-10 has a unique feature that sets it apart from any other DAC – its behaviour can be changed to adapt to the music played without modifying the audio signal and maintaining the highest audio quality, acting on the PCM Equalisation curve (Low-Pass filter), the High-Frequency De-emphasis, and the internal power profile. 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.

     

    SPECIFICATION +


    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 by remote


    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 DSD64 and PCM up to 24bit/192kHz, formatted in FAT32/NTFS (32Gb max for pen drives)

    1x USB-B asynchronous up to DSD512 and PCM up to 32bit/768kHz

    1x Network (LAN/WLAN) DSD64 and PCM up to 24bit/192kHz


    ANALOGUE INPUT (DS-10 PLUS ONLY)

    3.5mm mini jack


    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: 30W

    Fuse 2A F


    NETWORK CONNECTIVITY

    LAN/WLAN (WiFi): 802.11b/g via RJ45 10/100Mbps socket

    Bluetooth: High Definition 5.0 (44/16)


    HIGH QUALITY STREAMING

    Tidal, Qobuz, MQA, vTuner, Deezer, Spotify

    Airplay, Roon Ready


    SUPPORTED AUDIO FORMATS (NETWORK)

    PCM 24bit/192kHz:

    AIFF (.aif, .aiff, .aifc)

    ALAC

    WAV (.wav) packed/unpacked

    FLAC

    MP3

    DSD64: 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 Aluminium available in Black 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 approximately 200 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 to start the fine tuning with the PCM EQ, then move to adjusting the DEE and lastly the DAC PWR.

    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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