Ayon S-10 II

After three very successful years we have technically redesigned the S-10 to a great extent by refining and expanding the modular concept design. Based on this modular platform, the new S-10 II can be configurated individually in different versions, depending upon the request and the requirements. The S-10 II includes a Music network player, computer playback, USB drive playback, analogue preamp with a quadrable analogue volume control system, a new dual mono Digital to Analog converter, an updated PCM – DSD converter converting all PCM-signals to DSD. Additionally, a separate self-sufficient server unit with variable hard-disk capacity can be installed. Furthermore, we have implemented a completely new streamer platform that can be equipped with a second self-sufficient streamer module for the server option. Of course, for Ayon the best possible reproduction has top priority. It’s spacious 3D sound illustration combined with an enormous agility, timbre and powerful reproduction are only a few trademarks unified in this exceptional device.

This tube-based network player offers the outstanding performance you would expect from an ayon product, setting a new sound performance standard in its price range.

Existing S-10 devices can be upgraded to the new S-10 MkII version.

Features & Design

Full-featured Network Music Player/DAC/Preamp
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

Functionality

  • User interface on QVGA 5” TFT display
  • Tidal – online streaming
  • HiResAudio  - online streaming
  • Qobuz  - online streaming
  • Airable Services
  • UPnP/DLNA 
  • AYON Controller app for iOS & Android 
  • DSD (DIFF, DSF) 
  • WAV 
  • FLAC
  • AIFF 
  • Dual-Band WIFI connection
  • RJ45/LAN Gigabit Eternet 
  • Digital input - S/PDIF (RCA), Toslink and USB “B” for computer playback
  • 2 x USB “A” inputs – for external disk
  • Digital output / Streamer - 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) 
  • Separate Server with Harddisk (HDD or SSD variable diskspace - 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                                                                                                                            

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        

Components

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
  • High quality capacitors ( MKP )
  • High quality – RCA & XLR jack
  • Gold-plated industrial grade PCB 

Specifications

Network-Player

Ayon S-10 II

Conversion rate

764kHz / 32 bit & DSD256

DAC confirguration

Fully symmetrical / Dual mono

PCM - DSD converter

All PCM signals - DSD128 or 256 switchable

Tube complement

6H30

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 Balanced-XLR

~ 700 Ω

Digital inputs

75 Ω  S/PDIF (RCA)

TosLink

USB-PC (PCM & DSD)

Front mounted USB type ‘A’ socket for external disk 

Rear mounted USB type ‘A’ socket for external disk 

Digital output - Streamer

75 Ω  S/PDIF (RCA)

Network inputs

RP-SMA plug Wifi Aerial input (“wireless” network connection) 

RJ45/LAN Gigabit Ethernet socket (“wired” network connection) 

S/N ratio

> 115 dB

Frequency response 

 20Hz – 20kHz  +/- 0.3dB

Total harmonic distortion @ 1kHz

< 0.002%

Remote control

Yes

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

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