DS-10 EVO

Gold Note DS-10 EVO in silver
Gold Note DS-10 EVO back plate
Gold Note DS-10 EVO in black
Gold Note DS-10 EVO in gold
Gold Note DS-10 EVO

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.

The DS-10 EVO LINE additionally features a 3.5mm analogue input to connect other sources.

Mono & Stereo Highly Recommended Product The Ear Best Buy HiFi Pig Highly Recommended Hi-Fi + Winner 2022 The Absolute Sound Editors Choice 2022 M&S Best Buy Award hi-fi+ highly commended 2023

DS-10 EVO

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.

The DS-10 EVO LINE additionally features a 3.5mm analogue input to connect other sources.

Mono & Stereo Highly Recommended Product The Ear Best Buy HiFi Pig Highly Recommended Hi-Fi + Winner 2022 The Absolute Sound Editors Choice 2022 M&S Best Buy Award hi-fi+ highly commended 2023

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“This is literally a plug’n play machine […] with a range of settings that / haven’t seen on a streamer/DAC before. (It) has some desirable attributes that appeal to those core audio values that I have always looked for. It is also very quiet but what / really enjoy about it is the way it puts all the musical elements together to highlight a performance.”

Chris Thomas - HiFi+ (Nov 2022)

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.

Specification

D/A ConverterAKM AK4493 PCM (32bit/768kHz, DSD512)
Frequency response20Hz-20kHz +/-0.1dB
THD (Total Harmonic Distortion)0.001% max
Signal to Noise ratio125dB
Dynamic range120dB
Output impedance50Ω
Preamp Stage Volume Controlenabled/disabled
Digital Inputs1x 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

Analogue Input3.5mm mini jack (input impedance 10kΩ)
Audio OutputsDAC: 1 RCA @ 2Vrms, 1 XLR @ 2Vrms

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

Power supply100-240V, 50/60Hz

Multiple Transformer proprietary power supply

Power consumption: 35W

Fuse 2A F

Network ConnectivityLAN/WLAN (WiFi) 10/433Mbps 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Dual Band

Bluetooth: High Definition 5.0 (44/16)

High Quality StreamingTidal, Qobuz, MQA, vTuner, Deezer, Spotify Connect, Airplay, Roon Ready, Tidal Connect
SUPPORTED AUDIO FORMATS (NETWORK)Up to PCM 32bit/384kHz

DSD256: DSF, DFF

AIFF (.aif, .aiff, .aifc)

ALAC

WAV (.wav) packed/unpacked

FLAC

MP3

Apple Lossless

OGG

Monkey’s

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

SUPPORTED MEDIA SERVERSall UPnP / DLNA / Roon
DIMENSIONS200mm W, 80mm H, 260mm D
WEIGHT4kg net

5Kg boxed

FINISHESBrushed Aluminium in Black or Gold
REMOTE CONTROLMultifunctional Remote Control
CONTROL APPGN Control available for free on iOS and Android

Search for “GN Control” on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store

Reviews

Downloads

DS-10-EVO-User-Manual

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