Gold Note DS-1000 EVO Line Streaming DAC - Dreamedia AV
Gold Note DS-1000 EVO Line Streaming DAC - Dreamedia AV
Gold Note DS-1000 EVO Line Streaming DAC - Dreamedia AV
Gold Note DS-1000 EVO Line Streaming DAC - Dreamedia AV
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Gold Note DS-1000 EVO Line Streaming DAC

High-Fidelity Streaming DAC with Modular Design

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Gold Note DS-1000 EVO Line Streaming DAC

Unleash the Power of High-Fidelity Audio

In the quest for the purest audio experience, the Gold Note DS-1000 EVO Line Streaming DAC stands as a beacon of excellence, marrying Italian craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology. Designed for audiophiles who refuse to compromise on sound quality, the DS-1000 EVO offers a symphony of features that elevate your home audio system to concert hall levels of performance.

The Heart of Your Audio System

At the core of the DS-1000 EVO's prowess is its state-of-the-art digital-to-analog conversion. With dual AKM AK4493 DAC chips, this device ensures that every nuance of your music is rendered with utmost precision. Whether you're listening to 32-bit/384kHz PCM files or DSD512, the fidelity is breathtaking, enveloping you in a soundscape that's as close to the original recording as possible.

Boundless Streaming Potential

The DS-1000 EVO is a gateway to the world's music, with built-in support for the most popular streaming services and protocols:

  • Roon Ready: Integrate with your Roon system for an unrivaled music browsing experience.
  • Airplay & Bluetooth 5.0: Effortlessly stream from Apple devices and Bluetooth-enabled sources with high-definition audio.
  • MQA: Experience master-quality authenticated audio, exactly as the artist intended.
  • Spotify Connect & Tidal Connect: Seamlessly stream your favorite playlists and discover new music.
  • Qobuz, Deezer, vTuner: Access a vast array of online music services and internet radio.

Connectivity for Every Scenario

The DS-1000 EVO doesn't just excel in wireless streaming; it's also equipped with an extensive range of inputs and outputs:

  • Digital Inputs: USB, S/PDIF coaxial, TOS-Optical for connecting digital sources.
  • Analogue Inputs: RCA unbalanced, XLR balanced to integrate seamlessly with your existing setup.
  • Audio Outputs: Choose between RCA and XLR for both DAC and preamp functionalities, including a professional 6.3mm headphone jack.

Impeccable Audio Specifications

Gold Note's commitment to audio excellence is evident in the DS-1000 EVO's specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz, with a deviation of just +/-0.1dB.
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: A remarkably low 0.001% max, ensuring crystal-clear sound.
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: An impressive -125dB for an incredibly quiet background.
  • Dynamic Range: A vast 129dB, allowing for the full expression of your music's dynamics.

Italian Design and Craftsmanship

The DS-1000 EVO isn't just a technological marvel; it's also a work of art. With a sleek, brushed aluminum chassis and a modern, sophisticated design, this device exudes Italian style. The compact dimensions (430mm W x 135mm H x 375mm D) and manageable weight (10 kg) ensure that it will fit seamlessly into any home theater setup.

Intuitive Control and Customization

Control your listening experience with ease:

  • Single Knob Control (SKC): A unique feature that allows for simple and intuitive navigation.
  • Dedicated Remote & App: Use the dedicated remote or control the DS-1000 EVO from your iOS or Android device.

Optional upgrades, such as an analog volume, XLR/RCA inputs, and tube output stages, allow for personalization and future-proofing, ensuring that your DS-1000 EVO can evolve with your audio system.

A Symphony of Features

The DS-1000 EVO is packed with features designed to deliver the ultimate audio experience:

  • DAC Functionality: Convert digital files to high-fidelity sound with unparalleled clarity.
  • Streaming Capabilities: Access online services, your home network, internet radio, and connect USB or hard drives directly.
  • Display: A 3.5" TFT color display shows audio metadata at a glance.
  • Performance: The dual-mono design ensures a balanced and immersive audio experience.
  • Headphones Output: Enjoy personal listening sessions with the professional-grade 6.3mm headphone jack.

Why Choose the Gold Note DS-1000 EVO

  • High-Resolution Audio Support: Revel in audio formats up to 24bit/192kHz for an audiophile listening experience.
  • Modular Design: The DS-1000 EVO is built to adapt and improve over time with easy upgrades.
  • Italian Sound: Experience the unique and sought-after Italian sound signature.
  • Tidal & Spotify Connect: Integrated support for seamless streaming from popular services.
  • Affordable Luxury: Obtain premium features and sound quality at a price that represents exceptional value.

Dreamedia – Your Home Theater Design Partner

At Dreamedia, we understand the allure of the perfect sound. That's why we're not just here to offer you the Gold Note DS-1000 EVO; we're here to help you design and integrate it into your home theater system. Our team of experts can assist you in creating an audio environment that's tailored to your space and your preferences.

Embrace the Evolution of Sound

The Gold Note DS-1000 EVO Line Streaming DAC represents the pinnacle of audio technology, a testament to the power of Italian engineering and design. Whether you're a seasoned audiophile or someone who simply appreciates the finer things in life, the DS-1000 EVO is an investment in your musical enjoyment that will pay dividends for years to come.

Invite the Gold Note DS-1000 EVO into your home and experience the evolution of sound. With Dreamedia's support, your journey towards audio perfection starts today.

Our Review


Gold Note has carved a notable niche in the high-fidelity audio equipment realm, especially among audiophiles who appreciate the brand's dedication to sound excellence and Italian craftsmanship. The DS-1000 EVO Streaming DAC is a testament to this heritage, representing a sophisticated blend of technology and design that caters to the discerning listener. Positioned in the competitive market of digital-to-analog converters, the DS-1000 EVO stands out with its combination of streaming prowess and upgradeable architecture.

Design and Build Quality

The DS-1000 EVO exudes elegance with its sleek, modern design that is unmistakably Italian. The brushed aluminum chassis not only lends a premium feel but also ensures durability. The meticulous layout of the controls and connectors demonstrates an understanding of user ergonomics, while the 3.5" TFT display offers clarity and easy navigation through the device's features. Gold Note's attention to detail is evident in every aspect of the DS-1000 EVO's design, from the tactile feedback of the Single Knob Control to the strategic arrangement of input and output ports.

Features and Functionality

At its core, the DS-1000 EVO is a high-fidelity DAC capable of transforming digital music files into a rich and detailed sonic experience. Its streaming capabilities are extensive, offering support for popular services like Tidal, Qobuz, and Spotify Connect, as well as Airplay 2 and Bluetooth for versatile connectivity. The device's modular design is a highlight, allowing users to enhance their system with optional upgrades such as analog inputs, a power supply, or a preamp stage card, ensuring the DS-1000 EVO remains relevant in a rapidly advancing market.


The DS-1000 EVO boasts an impressive array of digital inputs, including USB, S/PDIF, Optical, AES/EBU, and Toslink, catering to a wide range of sources and formats. Wireless streaming over WiFi and LAN is robust and user-friendly, while Bluetooth and Airplay 2 support offers convenience for those preferring a cable-free setup. The optional upgrades further expand the connectivity options, making the DS-1000 EVO a central hub for any high-end audio system.

Sound Quality and Performance

Equipped with dual-mono AKM AK4493 converters, the DS-1000 EVO promises impeccable sound quality, delivering audio with precision and depth. It supports high-resolution formats including MQA, PCM up to 32bit/384kHz, and DSD up to DSD512, ensuring that enthusiasts can enjoy their music in the highest fidelity possible. The headphone amplifier is a noteworthy addition, providing two sensitivity levels to accommodate a range of headphones. The sound signature, described as a "unique Italian sound," is characterized by warmth, clarity, and an engaging soundstage that will delight audiophiles.

User Experience

Setting up the DS-1000 EVO is straightforward, allowing users to quickly integrate it into their existing setups. The device's control interfaces are responsive and intuitive, whether one is using the Single Knob Control, the dedicated remote, or the mobile app. The streaming services are stable and reliable, offering seamless playback and integration with various online platforms.

Pros and Cons

The Gold Note DS-1000 EVO's strengths are plenty, including its high-quality DAC and streaming capabilities, modular design, and wide range of supported audio formats. The sophisticated Italian design, coupled with the efficient Single Knob Control, makes it both a visual and functional centerpiece for any audio system. However, users should be aware that the full potential of the device is realized through optional upgrades, which, while enhancing functionality, may represent additional investment.

Final Thoughts

The Gold Note DS-1000 EVO Streaming DAC is a compelling choice for audiophiles looking for a state-of-the-art DAC with extensive streaming functionality and the allure of Italian craftsmanship. It stands as a versatile and future-proof component in the high-fidelity audio landscape, offering robust performance and a path to further enhancement through modular upgrades. For those seeking to elevate their digital audio experience, the DS-1000 EVO is a worthy contender, offering both quality and style in a single, elegant package.


Digital-to-Analog Conversion

  • D/A Converter Chips: 2x AKM AK4493
  • Supported PCM Resolution: up to 32-bit/384kHz
  • Supported DSD Resolution: up to DSD512

Supported Audio Formats

  • AIFF: Yes
  • ALAC: Yes
  • WAV: Yes
  • FLAC: Yes
  • MP3: Yes
  • Apple Lossless: Yes
  • OGG: Yes
  • Monkey’s Audio: Yes

Streaming Services and Protocols

  • Roon Ready: Yes
  • Airplay: Yes
  • MQA: Yes
  • Qobuz: Yes
  • Deezer: Yes
  • Spotify Connect: Yes
  • Tidal: Yes
  • Tidal Connect: Yes
  • vTuner: Yes

Network Connectivity

  • LAN: Yes
  • WLAN (WiFi): 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Dual Band (10/433Mbps)
  • Bluetooth Version: High Definition 5.0 (44/16)

Audio Specifications

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (+/-0.1dB)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.001% max
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: -125dB
  • Dynamic Range: 129dB
  • Output Impedance (RCA): 50 Ohm
  • Output Impedance (XLR): 100 Ohm

Inputs and Outputs

  • Digital Inputs: S/PDIF coaxial, TOS-Optical, USB host
  • Analogue Inputs: RCA unbalanced, XLR balanced
  • Audio Outputs DAC: RCA 2Vrms, XLR 2Vrms
  • Audio Outputs Preamp: RCA unbalanced, XLR balanced, 6.3mm headphone jack

Physical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 430mm W x 135mm H x 375mm D
  • Weight: 10 kg