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

High-Fidelity Streaming with DAC Precision
$7,999.00
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Gold Note DS-1000 EVO Streaming DAC

Experience the Pinnacle of Audio Purity

Welcome to the world where the fidelity of your music collection is revered, and every note is delivered with precision. The Gold Note DS-1000 EVO Streaming DAC is not just a device; it's an invitation to experience your music in its purest form. With its cutting-edge technology and elegant Italian design, the DS-1000 EVO is a testament to what happens when high performance meets high art.

Unparalleled Sound Quality

At the heart of the DS-1000 EVO lies dual AKM AK4493 D/A converters, ensuring that the audio signal is maintained with the highest fidelity. With support for a vast array of audio formats, from AIFF to FLAC and beyond, your high-resolution audio files are rendered with an exceptional level of detail. The DAC's meticulous engineering guarantees a frequency response that is as flat as possible, offering a pure and uncolored sound.

  • High-Resolution Audio: Supports AIFF, ALAC, WAV, FLAC, and more
  • Pristine Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (+/-0.1dB)
  • Immaculate Sound: Total Harmonic Distortion at 0.001% max

Seamless Connectivity

The DS-1000 EVO is a hub of connectivity, with an array of digital and analog inputs, including USB, S/PDIF, and AES/EBU, ensuring compatibility with virtually any digital source. For the modern listener, wireless streaming is a must, and the DS-1000 EVO delivers with built-in WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, and compatibility with a plethora of streaming services.

  • Wireless Streaming: Airplay, MQA, Spotify Connect, and more
  • Comprehensive Digital Inputs: USB-B Asynchronous, AES/EBU, and others
  • Optional Analog Inputs: RCA Unbalanced, XLR Balanced

Refined Design and Usability

The DS-1000 EVO's sleek chassis, available in black, gold, or silver finishes, is as much a statement piece as it is a high-performance DAC. The front panel boasts a 3.5" TFT display, providing clear feedback and allowing for easy navigation. With the included multifunctional remote and the GN Control app for iOS and Android, operating the DS-1000 EVO is a breeze.

  • Display: 3.5” TFT for easy navigation
  • Control: Multifunctional remote and GN Control app

Customization and Upgrades

The DS-1000 EVO's modular design allows for a range of optional upgrades, ensuring that your system can evolve with your needs. Enhance your listening experience with a Tube Output Stage for warmer sound, a Dual-Mono Super External Power Supply for improved dynamics, or the Super External Atomic Clock for unmatched timing precision.

  • Modular Design: Personalize your audio experience
  • Optional Upgrades: Tube Output Stage, Dual-Mono Power Supply, and more

A Symphony of Streaming Services

For the music aficionado, the DS-1000 EVO offers a world of streaming at your fingertips. It's fully Roon Ready, and with services like Qobuz, Tidal (with Tidal Connect), and vTuner, you have access to an almost limitless library of music in high-fidelity.

  • Streaming Services: Roon Ready, Tidal Connect, Qobuz, and others
  • Internet Radio: Access to global stations with impressive sound quality

The Centerpiece of Your Home Theater

Whether you're a cinephile or a casual viewer, the DS-1000 EVO's superior sound quality enhances your home theater experience. It pulls you into the action with its accurate reproduction of soundtracks and effects, making it a vital component for any serious home theater setup.

The Dreamedia Difference

At Dreamedia, we understand the importance of a tailored home theater system. The DS-1000 EVO is an integral piece of the puzzle, and our expertise ensures that it's integrated seamlessly with your existing setup. We're here to design a system that's as unique as your tastes, with the DS-1000 EVO at the heart of your audio experience.

Technical Excellence

The DS-1000 EVO is a marvel of audio engineering, boasting an impressive signal-to-noise ratio of -125dB and a dynamic range of 129dB. Its output impedance is tailored to work flawlessly with a wide range of hi-fi equipment, ensuring compatibility and the utmost audio clarity.

  • Dynamic Range: 129dB for expansive sound
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: -125dB for crystal-clear audio

Headphone Amplification

For those intimate listening sessions, the DS-1000 EVO features a front-panel 6.3mm headphone jack, complete with a high-quality headphone amplifier. With high and low output settings, it caters to a variety of headphones, from sensitive in-ear monitors to demanding over-ear models.

  • Headphone Jack: 6.3mm with dedicated amplifier
  • High and Low Output Settings: Tailored listening experience

Advanced Network Connectivity

The DS-1000 EVO is as adept in the wireless world as it is with wired connections. With its advanced network connectivity, streaming from a NAS or computer is effortless, ensuring that your music is always at your command.

  • LAN and WiFi: Robust network connectivity
  • Bluetooth 5.0: High-definition wireless audio

Key Details

The DS-1000 EVO is more than just a DAC; it's a comprehensive audio solution. With its release in November 2017, it has established itself as a mainstay in the high-end audio world. Its advanced clock circuit, the Gold Note Zero Clock with three master clocks, ensures impeccable timing for all digital audio signals.

  • PCM File Conversion: Up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • Clock Circuit: Gold Note Zero Clock for ultimate precision

Pros: Why Choose the DS-1000 EVO?

The DS-1000 EVO stands out in the crowded market of streaming DACs with its unbeatable combination of sound quality, design, and functionality. It's competitively priced, offering a level of performance and features that are usually found in much higher-priced units.

  • High Sound Quality to Price Ratio: Exceptional value
  • Sleek Design with TFT Display: Modern and stylish
  • Exceptional Detail in High-Resolution Files: Hear every nuance
  • Impressive Sound Quality for Internet Radio: Enjoy radio like never before
  • Competitive Pricing: Outstanding performance at a reasonable price

Your Music, Elevated

The Gold Note DS-1000 EVO Streaming DAC is a masterpiece that stands at the crossroads of innovation and tradition. It represents the culmination of uncompromising audio engineering, designed to bring you closer to the music you love. With the DS-1000 EVO, every listen is a journey through the landscape of sound, with every detail and nuance laid bare in stunning clarity.

At Dreamedia, we're committed to helping you realize the full potential of your home audio system. The DS-1000 EVO is a significant step towards that goal, and we're here to guide you every step of the way. Embrace the future of high-fidelity audio with the Gold Note DS-1000 EVO Streaming DAC, and let the music speak for itself.

Our Review

Introduction

The Gold Note DS-1000 EVO Streaming DAC is a sophisticated piece of audio equipment designed for audiophiles and music enthusiasts who demand high-fidelity sound from their digital music sources. Released in November 2017, the DS-1000 EVO has carved out a place for itself in the competitive market of high-end audio components, promising an exceptional blend of technology, performance, and value.

Design and Build Quality

Upon first glance, the DS-1000 EVO boasts a sleek and modern design that should integrate seamlessly with any home theater or audio system setup. The build quality is solid, with a chassis that reflects the brand's commitment to durability and aesthetic appeal. The centerpiece of its design is a 3.5" TFT display that provides clear and accessible information, enhancing the user interface and overall experience.

Features and Functionality

The DS-1000 EVO is packed with features that cater to the needs of modern audiophiles. Its wireless streaming capabilities allow for easy access to a vast array of music, while the digital-to-analog conversion ensures that the integrity of the audio is maintained throughout the process. DSD decoding is also present, catering to those who prefer the format for its high resolution. The device offers a range of optional upgrades, including a Tube Output Stage, a Dual-Mono Super External Power Supply, and a Super External Atomic Clock, allowing users to customize their experience.

Control of the DS-1000 EVO is primarily through the Gold Note iOS and Android apps, which provide a convenient way to manage playback and settings. In terms of connectivity, the device is well-equipped with USB, S/PDIF, and Optical inputs, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of digital audio sources. The Gold Note Zero Clock with three master clocks is a standout feature, minimizing jitter and enhancing sound clarity.

Sound Quality

The DS-1000 EVO shines when it comes to sound quality. High-resolution digital files are reproduced with exceptional detail, and even internet radio streams benefit from the device's superior audio processing capabilities. When compared to other DACs in its price range, the DS-1000 EVO stands out for its ability to deliver a high sound quality to price ratio.

User Interface and Control

While the Gold Note apps provide a sleek interface for controlling the DS-1000 EVO, some users may find the response time a bit slow, which could impact the user experience. The absence of a physical remote control means that users are reliant on their mobile devices for operation, which might not be everyone's preference.

Performance

In terms of performance, the DS-1000 EVO does not disappoint. The standard configuration already offers impressive audio quality, but the impact of the optional upgrades can be quite significant, offering an even more refined listening experience for those willing to invest further.

Value Proposition

Considering its competitive pricing, the DS-1000 EVO offers an excellent value proposition. It holds its ground against more expensive competitors, offering a high level of performance and a robust feature set that appeals to a broad spectrum of audio enthusiasts.

Pros and Cons

Pros:- Excellent sound quality for the price
- Sleek design with an informative TFT display
- High-resolution audio performance with exceptional detail
- Noteworthy sound quality for internet radio
- Attractive price point given the features and performance

Cons:- Slow app response time may affect usability
- No physical remote control included
- Design may be understated for those seeking a flashier look

Final Thoughts

The Gold Note DS-1000 EVO is a compelling option for users looking for a high-quality streaming DAC that doesn't break the bank. Its sound quality, feature set, and upgrade options make it a versatile and future-proof choice. The device is particularly suited to listeners who prioritize audio performance and digital connectivity over tactile controls and flashy designs. With its strong value proposition, the DS-1000 EVO is likely to please both audiophiles and casual listeners who are in pursuit of pristine sound from their digital music collections.

Specifications

General Specifications

  • Type: Solid-state stereo DAC with streaming capabilities
  • Manufacturer: Gold Note
  • Dimensions (W×H×D): 43 × 13.5 × 37.5 cm
  • Weight: 10 kg
  • Finish Options: Black, Gold, Silver

Audio Specifications

  • D/A Converter: 2x AKM AK4493
  • Supported Audio Formats: AIFF, ALAC, WAV, FLAC, MP3, Apple Lossless, OGG, Monkey’s
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (+/-0.1dB)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.001% max
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: -125dB
  • Dynamic Range: 129dB
  • Output Impedance: 50 Ohm (RCA), 100 Ohm (XLR)

Digital Inputs

  • S/PDIF Coaxial: Yes
  • TOS-Optical: Yes
  • USB Host: Yes
  • AES/EBU Balanced: Yes
  • USB-B Asynchronous: Up to DSD512 and PCM 32bit/384kHz
  • USB-A Port: DSD256 and PCM up to 32bit/384kHz

Analog Inputs

  • RCA Unbalanced: Optional
  • XLR Balanced: Optional

Audio Outputs

  • RCA: 2Vrms
  • XLR: 2Vrms
  • Headphone Jack: 6.3mm on the front panel

Streaming Services

  • 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: High Definition 5.0 (44/16)

Additional Features

  • Display: 3.5” TFT
  • Headphone Amplifier: Yes with high and low output settings
  • Streaming From NAS or Computer: Yes
  • Control App: GN Control for iOS and Android
  • Modular Design: Yes
  • Remote Control: Multifunctional remote included
  • Power Consumption: 30W

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