BEST PRODUCT 2017 – High – Poland

TEST: No. 164 | December 2017
Award: GOLD Fingerprint

The point of reference for this player were analogue master tapes. Although every second manufacturer declares that they strive to find out the musical truth in this way, I happen to know that this is not true – master tapes are rare and expensive, and one needs to have a well-calibrated tape recorder for the purpose – or it is actually best to have two. The owner of Ayon Audio, Gerhard Hirt, took the risk and invested a lot of money in this project. The fact that only 50 “High Fidelity” edition players will be manufactured means that he will never get a return on investment from sales. However, this is the way breakthroughs are achieved – and the CD-35 HF Edition is one in the field of digital players.

No. 01/50 remains at the “High Fidelity” REFERENCE SYSTEM as a reference player.

Best Sound of the Show – Warsaw, Nov. 2017

"The setups made by Gerhard Hirt, Ayon Audio founder, surprise us each year. This time we were sitting under the artificial ceiling made of dozens acoustic modules. And another ones placed at the sides. (...) Last tweaks were done literally before the opening - Gerhard looked barely alive that time. But it was worth any effort - I hope that anyone who could meet me during my workshops is going to agree - roughly about 200 people then. The sound was very open, of high resolution, consisting of every aspect needed for realistic top high-end. Lumen White Kyara speakers were mainly responsible here and their creator, Mr Hartmut, was already present. Another suspect was Ayon Audio CD-35 (High Fidelity Edition no. 7/50. SACD player."

System przygotowywany przez Gerharda Hirta, właściciela firmy Ayon Audio, co roku zaskakuje czymś innym. Tym razem siedzieliśmy pod sztucznym sufitem utworzonym z dziesiątków modułów akustycznych. Po bokach ustawione były kolejne. Instalację przygotowała zaznajomiona z Gerhardem firma, którą przywiózł z Austrii, a wspomogła ją ekranami dźwiękowymi polska firma Sonitus. Ostatnie poprawki miały miejsce tuż przed otwarciem imprezy – Gerhard wyglądał wówczas na ledwie żywego. Ale było warto – mam nadzieję, że potwierdzą to wszyscy, którzy mieli możliwość się ze mną spotkać na warsztatach, czyli ponad 200 ludzi. To bardzo otwarty, rozdzielczy dźwięk w którym jest wszystko, czego potrzeba do realnego, wysokiego high-endu. Główna w tym zasługa kolumn Lumen White Kyara, których twórca, pan Hartmut był na warsztatach obecny, ale i odtwarzacza SACD Ayon Audio CD-35 High Fidelity Edition o numerze 7/50.

Hi-End Show – Warsaw / Poland, November 17th – 19th, 2017

Ayon Audio & Lumen White - Show picture (retrospective)

Demo System:
Lumen White – Kyara
Ayon – Vulcan Evo
Ayon – Spheris III
Ayon – Spheris Phonostage
Ayon – S10 Signature
Ayon – CD35 HF
Transrotor -Turntable
Siltech – Cables
Acoustic elements & room treatment by Sonitus


Distributor Hi-End Event (Ayon Audio & Lumen White)

November 04th & 05th, Switzerland

Ayon CD-10  “Soundrebels“ (English version)

October 2017, Poland

Hi-End Show – IAS Tokyo 2017, September 28th – October 01st, Japan

After more than 5 years' production time of the CD-T and its unbroken success we have decided to essentially rework it and equip it with some special features. We have kept the legendary Philips Pro drive...

CD-35 HF
Whipped up by the great success of the CD-35 we got more and more requests to launch a special and limited Version of the CD-35, quasi a "digital" machine that should as "analogue" as never before. All music lovers engaged in top analogue turntables...

Ayon System Review:

by Thanasis Moraitis (Greece) for HIEND NEWS - Ultimate Newspaper & Deals of HIEND Audio Equipment  web magazine.


1.   Richard's Gray 640SE choke  + power station Atlas non filtered 
2.   ΝAS: 3 TB - Modified by Ayon Audio & Stream Unlimited - Vienna Austria
3.   Streamer: Ayon NW -Transport - DSD version
4.   DAC: Ayon "Stealth"
5.   Digital cables by Atlas: model Mavros coax ultra & Nordost's BNC  Valhalla
6.   Preamplifier: Ayon"Auris"  Line Signature version – Single-ended
7.   Power amp: Ayon" Orthos XS "monoblocks 
8.   Analogue cables: Ayon +Atlas Mavros ultra
9.   Power cables : Atlas 4 dd -series - Interconnects:  Ayon 
10. Loudspeakers : ayon "Black Fire"- speaker cable :Atlas Mavros biwire
11. Rack :Audiodesign-Greece  Custom made of Corian+plywood+ allumium cones and pads 
12. Platforms for Monoblocks: Audiodesign-Greece (Made of  2 layers  of Corian)+alluminium pads
13. Room treatment : Golden Acoustics-Greece

The 2017 Los Angeles Audio Show

Robert Harley on Electronics

By Robert Harley, Jun 06th, 2017

RH’s Best of Show

Best Sound (cost no object)

USA Tube Audio’s demonstration of the new Lumen White speakers driven by Ayon electronics was spectacularly great, with wall-to-wall soundstaging. Close your eyes and you’d never know that you were in a hotel room.

Ayon Audio

Ayon Audio distributor USA Tube Audio presented the world premiere of several new Ayon products; I’ll cover just the amplification.

The system included the Ayon Spheris III preamplifier ($34,500) or alternately, the S-10 Network Streamer/Preamplifier ($8300).

The all-tube components, housed in gorgeous chromed chassis, fed a pair of Ayon Orthos XS Gen 4 mono amps which drove the new 

Lumen White White Light “Anniversary” speakers in one of the show’s best-sounding rooms.


Ayon is pleased to introduce the CD-10, a new redesign of our already very highly regarded CD-1sx model offering. 

The CD-10 is in many respects a ground-breaking SACD/CD-Player design with an ...

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Ayon Audio | Lumen White

It is not that Gerhard Hirt is able to prepare a system worth awarding the Best Sound Award for each exhibition, at least not in Munich. In Warsaw, however, he seems to have a patent for preparing one of the best exhibition systems. The problem with exhibitions in Munich is a very small room with thin walls. This year, however, everything was very, very pleasant, mainly thanks to “the smallest” speakers from the Silver Flame series. “The smallest” because they are still quite large five-speaker speakers, based on ceramic drivers. Anyway, they are the smallest in the series.

The sound was so good, i.e. coherent, dynamic and characterized by very high resolution also thanks to the source – the CD-35 player, the Conquistador preamp and Orthos power amplifiers. However, the speakers themselves let the system sound in such an open and unconstrained way. The Lumen White are one of those constructions characterized by the highest resolution that I know, showing every error on the way. They clearly found nothing in this system. It was interesting, at least for me, that Gerhard placed all his devices on Harmonix decoupling feet.

  • Super Audio CD player: Ayon Audio CD-35 ( €10,000)
  • File player: Ayon Audio S-10 (€7,500)
  • Preamplifier: Ayon Audio Conquistador (€60,000)
  • Power amplifiers: Ayon Audio Orthos (€25,000)
  • Speakers: Lumen White Kyara (€48,800/pair)
  • Cables: Ayon Pearl Cables

Wojciech Pacula


Hi-End Show – 2017, May 18th – 21th, Germany - Munich

Visit us on our next exhibition: HIGH END 2017

Booth D03, Hall 1  ( Living Sound GmbH :  Ayon Audio & Lumen White )

18 th -  21th May 2017

M,O,C, München
Lilienthalallee 40
80939 München


Ayon CD-35 „Stereoplay“ – June 2017, Germany

Review summary: English Translation

"Actually, this machine is completely crazy. Or absolutely ingenious?"

"The Austrians, famous for sheer monumental solutions, indeed do not incorporate in their top-player one of the usual "me too.." valve assemblies but rather an absolutely cunning elaborate amplifier section equipped with noblest components, and moreover relies on a power supply equipped with tube regulated rectification as well."

"Let us answer the last possibly most interesting question to the Ayon: yes, it sounds better – "more analogue" if you will, a vein softer friendlier more emotional even if the latter may be a subjective criterion. But: to convert any CD-format, no matter whether from the drive or the software NAS, in DSD256 has a special appeal. In the end the DSD-conversion was kept always active on the CD-35….

The CD-35 proved itself also as tube preamp via its analogue inputs, put its distinctive Ayon mark on the sound: powerful bass and fundamental tone, enormously playful, super dynamic with fine details, but no analytic wonder. Instead there is a touch of friendliness and a shot of warmth, velvety incredibly beautiful reproduction of voices and a fulminant spatiality with particular impressive width. To like the CD-35 is everything else but difficult, to addict to him easily possible. The more so as it conjures a real bundle of tonal joy out of the CD, a fascination one van easily succumb to.

Ayon's intentions: what Ayon had intended with this player, proves to be fully successful: to preserve the significance of the CD-collection, to additionally provide a premium tube-amplifier and add a heavenly DAC on top."

Assessment: "CD/SACD-player, pre-amp and special DAC: Ayon's marvel drives the CD to new high-flights and also works jointless with the computer. Dream sound via DSD!"

Outstanding value for money.

Awarded the Stereoplay Highlight logo


Test Fazit: German original
„Diese Maschine ist eigentlich komplett verrückt. Oder absolut genial ?“

„Die Österreicher, die in Sachen Röhren für geradezu monumentale Lösungen bekannt sind, bauen in ihren Top-Player freilich keine der üblichen „..Ich auch..“-Röhrenbestückungen ein , sondern vielmehr eine absolut ausgefuchste, aufwendige Verstärkerstufe, die sich zudem im Netzteil auf eine ebenfalls mit Röhre bestückte Gleichrichtung verlässt und mit edelsten Bauteilen versehen wurde.“

„Beantworten wir doch gleich die letzte, womöglich interessanteste Frage zum Ayon: Ja, es klingt besser –„analoger“, wenn man so will, eine Spur weicher, freundlicher, emotionaler, auch wenn Letzteres ein subjektives Kriterium sein mag. Aber: Das CD-Format-egal, ob vom Laufwerk oder aus dem Software-Player  - in DSD256 zu wandeln, hat einen besonderen Reiz. Zuletzt bleib die DSD Konvertierung am CD-35 einfach immer aktiviert…

Der CD-35 bewährt sich auch als Röhren-Vorverstärker über seine Analogeingänge, drückt dem Klang aber den bald schon unverwechselbaren Ayon-Stempel auf: bass-und grundtonkräftig, enorm spielfreudig, superdynamisch und fein detailliert, aber kein Analytik-Wunder. Stattdessen gibt es einen Hauch Freundlichkeit und einen Schuss Wärme, samtene, unglaublich schöne Stimmenwiedergabe sowie fulminante Räumlichkeit mit insbesondere beeindruckender Breite. Den CD-35 zu  mögen ist alles andere als schwer, ihm zu verfallen, leicht möglich. Zumal er aus der CD einen echten Klang-Wonneproppen zaubert, ein Faszinosum, dem man allzu leicht erliegen kann.

Ayons Absichten: Was Ayon mit diesem Player beabsichtigt hat, geht jedenfalls voll auf: der CD-Sammlung ihren Stellenwert erhalten, einen hochwertigen Röhren-Vorverstärker mitleifern und einen traumhaften DAC obenauf ins Paket packen“.

Bewertung:  „CD/SACD-Player, Vorverstärker und Spezial-DAC: Ayons Wunderwerk treibt die CD zu neuen Höhenflügen und arbeitet auch fugenlos mit dem Computer zusammen. Traumklang via DSD!“.

Preis-Leistung: überragend  
Ausgezeichnet mit dem Stereoplay Highlight logo

Ayon Conquistador

This preamp is inimitable with a unique character. With the Conquistador everything started with a blank sheet of paper. Developing and designing ...

Ayon Vulcan Evo II – „Positive-Feedback“ – May 2017, USA

Ayon Crossfire Evo “Soundrebels“ (English version) – April 2017, Poland;

Ayon CD-35 „Hifi Critic“ – Volume11 / #1, January - March 2017, UK



Ayon S-10 „Hifi Statement“ (german language) - March 2017, Germany

Ayon HA-3 „Stereoplay“ – April 2017, Germany

Some review quotes: English Translation

Also in the HA-3 and practically unchanged you find again Ayon's tonal philosophy already known from the big powerful triode amps. This includes a dry, acutely firm, and voluminous bass-fundament, that also here became unmistakably manifest with the rather slimly "predisposed" Sennheiser HD800. Impact and depth combined with rapid attack offer a top-class headphone sound experience, in which the Ayon scores with its "tubal" silky and above all colourful sound. Nowhere else you may hear more glaze, emotion and proverbially dramatically pronounced timing with this top-class headphone with its usual tendency to preferably cooler analytics. This might be a reason for the success.


Assessment: "with its colourful, powerful bass, and voluminous sound Ayon's triode amp instils a bright coloured-exciting, powerful reproduction also in rather cool and slender sounding headphones without losing transparency. Definitely one of the best headphone-amplifiers at all. “


Price-performance ratio: excellent

Awarded with the Stereoplay Highlight logo

Ayon S-3 Junior - „AVMENTOR” – March 2017, Greece;


Review summary: English Translation

All functions available by the S3-junior user's interface are easy to use by everyone while the 3,5-inch display is clear and keeps you always informed.

The first impression you get by listening to the S-3 junior is a big 3D soundstage which is always pleasant and friendly to the listener.

The neutral character of the player is revealed immediately together with a discrete tube- flavour giving all tracks the positive aspect of each recording!

S-3 junior is always resulting transparent and detailed with a good description of micro dynamics without being dominate to the music program.

Bass is deep but always solid and controlled without ever being "heavy". The same is happening with the mid-bass.

Midrange is the most crucial point to criticize the Junior (!) Voices of all kind and a chorus remained always transparent and natural while the listener is keeping the right distance between him and the stage!

All the instruments are visible with the real "airy" distance between them too. The whole music is presented pleasant to the ear: clear and without any fatigue traces even in high volumes!!

Regarding the high frequencies, the S-3 junior creates the feeling of a "relaxed" and detailed character without been too warm! However the body of the highs remains true to life: clear, solid just giving you the possibility to enjoy the quality of each recording! The S-3 j preamplifier is as good as you expect. Transparency, accuracy mixed with a "polite" character probably due to its tube output stage...

CONCLUSION: We have a very interesting proposal from Ayon to everyone who is seeking to buy a non-costly audiophile streamer/dac/preamplifier combo!

Hi-End Show – BAV 2017, February 02nd – 05th, Bangkok - Thailand


Most Wanted 2016

Ayon Odin III  „The Stereo Times“ –  Most Wanted 2016 Award, USA

Ayon Audio Odin III Gen 4 Stereo Amplifier ($26,500):

The Odin, a 50 watt per channel direct heated triode stereo amp, is a state-of-the-art tube amp made in Austria and is among the best I’ve heard.  Its ability to throw an open soundstage filled with images of high density and energy while being highly resolving yet neutral in tonal balance was uncanny at creating the recording’s venue. The Odin presented bass that was better defined and more powerful than most solid-state amplifiers I ever listened to.  The attack, slam, and sustain with extraordinary decay has a way of transporting one to the live event. (Michael Girardi)

Ayon CD-35  “Soundrebels (English version)  

January 2017,  Poland

Ayon CD-35 „High Fidelity“ No. 152 (English Version) 

January 2017, Poland

Editors’ Choice Award for 2017
from TAS (The Absolute Sound – USA)

Special Award 2016 by High Fidelity – Poland

Ayon Audio

The audio world is dangerously heading towards price absurdities. The more expensive a product is, the more people write about it. Some of these devices are really worth paying attention to and truly make us understand sound better, but most of them are just manufacturers’ attempts to earn a lot of money.

Gerhard Hirt, the owner of Ayon Audio, has a different idea...

Ayon CD-35 CD-Player

The Ayon CD-35 establishes a new benchmark in SE-Triode vacuum-tube CD/SACD-Player performance by combining a fully balanced PCM-DSD DAC ...

Ayon CD-3sx –  „Positive-Feedback“  –  January 2017, USA

Ayon HA-3  „High Fidelity“ No. 151 (English Version)  

December 2016, Poland