Ayon S-10

In 2011 Ayon Audio has set a milestone with the S-3: the first network-player with top-class vacuum-tube technology worldwide, separate DAC section and an analogue preamp section. 6 years later we present the successor S-10 and it was created to embody, in more advanced technologies and very flexible player, all the know-how and expertise acquired developing our reference Network-Player products. The S-10 includes a network player, computer playback, analogue preamp, a world class PCM/DSD Digital to Analog converter and a PCM – DSD converter for all PCM signals that gives an outstanding sound performance that you would expect from an Ayon product. The S-10 is based on a modular platform and can be composed variably. There is a variety of choices available.
Of course, there are again a modern puristic and tonal significantly decisive tube output stage and a newly developed fully symmetrical dual mono DAC.
Its spacious 3D image combined with an enormous agility and stirring reproduction are only a few trademarks unified in this exceptional device.
This tube based network-player represents a new sound performance standard in its price category.


Features & Design

Full-featured Network Music Player with DAC
Class-A triode vacuum-tube output stage for single-ended & balanced operation

Signal Path
We believe that the simplest circuits work best together with the shortest signal path. That is why our pre-amplifiers to date have used single-ended pure class-A circuitry. The shorter the signal path is, the less possibility of sonic degradation from various sources, including the wire itself. Even on the circuit boards, the copper traces are kept to a very minimum length. The completely redesigned circuit board provides a more straightforward and direct approach to the signal paths.

Network Player


• User interface on QVGA 5” TFT display
• Internet radio (vTuner)
• Tidal
• UPnP streaming from NAS or PC
• Streaming audio from USB HS (mass storage device)
° DSD – up to 128x (add *256x during 2017, via online FW update)
° WAV - up to 384kHz/24bit
° FLAC - up to 384kHz/24bit
° AIFF- up to 384kHz/24bit
●  Digital input - S/PDIF (RCA), Toslink and USB “B” ( PCM & DSD ) for computer playback
●  2 x USB “A” inputs
●  Digital output - S/PDIF (RCA)
●  Analog line inputs: 2 pair RCA (optional)
●  Quadruple electrical -analogue volume control for preamp (optional)
●  PCM → DSD converter (up to 256x switchable) for all PCM signals ( optional)
●  Logical sequenced soft-start power up for extended tube life
●  Warm up function
●  0dB negative feedback  (of any kind )
●  Ultra short signal path
●  Simplest direct circuit path for purest musical sound and high reliability
●  Low output impedance for driving long runs interconnect to an amplifier, and any tube or solid state power amp
●  No solid state devices in the analog tube output (signal path )
●  Minimal discrete wiring for optimum signal propagation
●  No followers or buffers in the signal path
●  No DC servo that degrades the signal
●  High quality parts throughout
●  Separate analog output stage for left and right channel
●  Ethernet ( RJ45 )

Power Supply
The power supplies have been further refined with new components and enhanced AC line noise filtration. Separate power transformer windings and filters provide total isolation between the input and output stage which makes this a pure power source and it is a critical attribute for a 6H30 output stage. We also use electrolytic capacitors with much larger storage capacity to make up for the loss in filtering when using resistors in lieu of inductors.

●  R-Core / Low noise – insulated power transformer for digital & analog
●  Innovative power supply provides a high speed energy delivery on transients
●  Separate and isolated power supplies over each stage of amplification
●  AC power line filter to avoid noise and hash from entering into the unit.
●  8 separate voltage regulators

    The type of parts used therefore must have a synergistic relationship to the circuit they are placed in. It is this relationship of which type of part to use where, that ranks our products apart from the mass.

    ●  Selected, premium quality passive components used in all applications
    ●  High speed & high quality audiophile grade coupling capacitors
    ●  High quality tube sockets with gold pins
    ●  Capacitors ( MKP 2% )
    ●  High quality – RCA & XLR jack
    ●  Gold-plated industrial grade PCB



    Ayon S-10

    Conversion rate

    384kHz / 24 bit & DSD64/128/256*

    PCM → DSD converter

    All PCM signals → DSD128 or 256 switchable

    Dynamic range

    > 120dB

    Channel separation

    >105dB 20 Hz to 20 kHz

    Output level @1 kHz / 0,775V -0dB /RCA/XLR

    0 – 8V rms variable

    Output impedance  Single-Ended-RCA

    ~ 700 Ω

    Output impedance  Single-Ended-XLR

    ~ 700 Ω

    Digital inputs

    75 Ω  S/PDIF (RCA & up to 24/192kHz), TosLink (up to 24/192kHz)

    USB up to 192KHz and DSD64/128

    Front mounted USB type ‘A’ socket for USB “pen”/hard disk drive

    Rear mounted USB type ‘A’ socket for USB “pen”/hard disk drive

    Network inputs

    RP-SMA plug Wifi Aerial input (“wireless” network connection) 802.11b/g

     UTP RJ45 10/100Mbps socket (“wired” network connection)

    S/N ratio

    > 115 dB

    Frequency response

     20Hz – 20kHz  +/- 0.3dB

    Total harmonic distortion @ 1kHz

    < 0.002%

    Remote control


    Analog line inputs

    2 pair RCA

    Analog – Main outputs

    1 pair RCA & XLR

    Dimension (Wide x Deep – incl. terminals x High – incl. feet) cm

    48 x 36 x 12 cm

    Weight, unit only

    12 kg

    Specifications subject to change without notice