DS-10 EVO DAC preamplifier, PSU-10 EVO power supply, PA-10 power amplifier and A3 EVO II

Gold Note win the 25th Anniversary HiFi + Editor’s Choice Awards

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Gold Note have won the coveted HiFi + Editors Choice Awards for 2024 with a complete system comprising the DS-10 EVO DAC preamplifier, PSU-10 EVO power supply, PA-10 power amplifier and A3 EVO II two way stand-mount loudspeakers.

This is a fantastic result for Gold Note and it underlines the real strength in depth of this brand. Below we take a look at each of the winning components.

HiFi plus awards

 

The multi-award winning DS-10 EVO: a cutting-edge streaming DAC designed for versatility and innovation

This powerhouse device boasts a state-of-the-art D/A converter, a built-in line preamplifier, and a high-quality headphone amplifier. With a plethora of connectivity options and high-definition Bluetooth capability, it ensures seamless integration into any audio setup.

The DS-10 EVO also supports playback of high-resolution files like MQA and DSD (up to DSD512), delivering an unparalleled digital music listening experience. Encased in a sleek aluminium chassis, this compact marvel complements any modern High-End audio system with its advanced technology and superior performance.

The DS-10 EVO

 

Streaming

The DS-10 EVO offers versatile music streaming options including Roon, Airplay, Tidal, MQA, Qobuz, Spotify, vTuner, and Deezer. You can access your local NAS or USB music collection, or stream from your smartphone or tablet via the GN Control app (available on iOS and Android) or directly from the Tidal app with Tidal Connect.

Unique features

The DS-10 EVO stands out with its customisable DAC profiles, optimising audio quality without compromise. Users can adjust parameters like de-emphasis, low-pass digital filters, and DSD filters in real-time via the intuitive menu and TFT display for a personalised listening experience.

 

Control

The 2.8″ TFT display provides quick access to all functions, easily managed via the SKC (Single Knob Control) knob on the front panel, the Gold Note remote control, or the dedicated GN Control App.

View the full specs of the DS-10 EVO on our product page.

DS-10 EVO

 

PSU-10 EVO: external inductive power supply for DS-10 and DS-10 PLUS

The PSU-10 elevates the performance of Gold Note Series 10 DACs with its advanced design. Featuring a 4-transformer power supply stage and ultra-low-noise voltage regulators, alongside a Dual Choke Hybrid inductive filter design, this proprietary technology effectively filters current to eliminate interference and electrical noise from the AC power system.

The result is an ideal working environment for the streaming DAC to excel, delivering improved realism, finer details, and enhanced control for a more sophisticated sound experience.

The most notable thing is how adaptable it is to just about any style or flavour of music. It has the sort of body, weight and depth that makes sweeping classical pieces come alive and it never grows thin or compressed like so many.

Chris Kelly – hi-fi+

PA-10: stereo/mono power amplifier

The PA-10, renowned for its exceptional build quality and premium audio components, delivers remarkable power despite its compact size. Additionally, it boasts a plethora of features including our unique adjustable damping factor technology, allowing users to perfectly match the amplifier to their loudspeakers for optimal performance.

See the PA-10 product page for full details.

 

A3 EVO II: exceptional performance in a compact form

The A3 EVO II is a sleek and compact 2-way bookshelf loudspeaker featuring a bass reflex port. Despite its modest size, it delivers impressive audio performance, making a statement of elegance and contemporary Italian style. With carefully selected audio-grade components, including a dome tweeter and mid-woofer, it ensures natural, detailed sound for immersive listening experiences.

View the full specs of the A3 EVO II on our product page.

A3 EVO II

It is very unusual for a complete system to win awards such as this. In summary and in Gold Note’s own words:

“Upstream of every audio reproduction equipment there is an idea of sound that could not exist without a necessary reflection on the whole system. In other words, it would make no sense to focus on one link without thinking about the whole chain. And this is why Gold Note proposes an integrated offer, aimed at satisfying the demands of those who share a passion for Italian sound.”

 

 

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