Gold Note Launches DS-10

Solid-state power amplifiers,
Digital-to-analog converters
Gold Note Launches DS-10

The following is a press release issued by Gold Note.

July 23, 2019 | FLORENCE, Italy - Gold Note - the Italian High-End Audio manufacturer based in Florence – is introducing DS-10, an innovative D/A Converter & Streamer with Headphone amplifier and analogue preamplifier stage designed for the contemporary audiophile.

First presented at the High End Show in Munich in 2019, DS-10 represents the state of the art among our digital signal decoding electronics, but it is much more than a DAC. The experience gained with the top of the line model DS-1000 and the addition of innovative features of the IS-1000 integrated amp and streamer have led us to designing this smaller all-in-one unit: a DAC/Streamer with AES-EBU digital inputs typical of the professional market, a headphone output and advanced connectivity to use all available streaming services and much more.

The converter drives CD-Players, hard discs, flash memories, televisions and all kinds of digital sources while controlling final amplifiers and amplified speakers without needing to add anything else. DS-10 is quick to install and easy to use every day. It’s a product that can be integrated into High-End audio systems but also bring quality into the home theatre, go with latest-generation televisions and easily find its privileged role in a professional recording studio. The DS-10 is designed to be an ultra versatile unit that transforms every type of system into a connected network, controlled from the sofa through a dedicated app or through its TFT colour monitor and the Gold Note single knob control system for an unparalleled user-friendliness.

DS-10 is compatible with almost all Internet streaming services including Roon, Tidal, Qobuz, Airplay, Spotify, Deezer, V-Tuner from which it can play DSD, PCM & MQA formats all to enjoy real "High-End Audio" as a new refreshing experience, hassle and cable free. When the On/Off switchable High-End audio analogue preamp stage is activated, even the web players will play analogue volume since the remote controls including the computer App synchronise the unit to all functions guaranteeing the best performance ever.

DS-10 features a great mechanical structure made of solid machined of aluminium guarantees low frequency resonance and magnetic inertial field. The iconic air vent design derives directly from our acclaimed PH-10 phono stage adding a new element to the Gold Note series “10”. The innovative and unique modular design enables upgrading one’s stereo system with an external inductive power supply (PSU-10) and effectively enhance the native performance of the DS-10 DAC.

Thanks to the professional 6.3mm headphone output with an exclusive proprietary design which allows selecting the sensitivity to drive almost any kind of headphones on the market, DS-10 is suitable for many occasions - it lets your kids play video games without disturbing you, lets immerse yourself in your favourite music and serves a DJ to get the crowd dancing!

With its extended features DS-10 is a new generation all-in-one unit designed to cover the needs of any digital music lover. From August 2019, DS-10 will be available worldwide through Gold Note dealers at a launching price of 2.490€.


D/A Converter native PCM up to 32bit/384kHz & DSD 64/128 native, via DoP and PCM Streamer & Network Player PCM and DSD64
Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz +/-0.1dB THD – Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.001% max
Signal to Noise ratio: -125dB
Dynamic range: 120dB4 Output impedance: 50ohm
Preamp Stage Volume Control: enabled/disabled by remote Dimensions: 220mm W | 80mm H | 260mm D
Weight: 4 kg


1 Ethernet LAN & Wi-Fi (DSD64 via PCM) Resolution: PCM up to 24bit/192kHz
1x RCA S/PDIF coaxial PCM asynchronous up to 24bit/192kHz
2x TOS-optical PCM asynchronous up to 24bit/192kHz
1x AES/EBU balanced PCM asynchronous up to 24bit/192kHz
1 x USB-B asynchronous native and DoP DSD64/128 and PCM up to 32bit/384kHz
1x USB-A port to feed USB flash memories and HDD, FAT32/NTFS formatted playing DSD64 and PCM up to 24bit/192kHz.


Line output level (fixed): stereo RCA @ 1Volt and balanced XLR @ 4Volt


Main supply: 100V to 245V, 50/60Hz
Multiple Transformer proprietary power supply Power consumption: 30W


LAN/WLAN WiFi: 802.11b/g via RJ45 10/100Mbps socket and Antenna playing native and DoP DSD64/128/256/768 and PCM up to 24bit/192kHz
Blueooth 5.0
Infrared remote: RC5 proprietary code

Supported audio formats:

AIFF (.aif, .aiff, .aifc)
WAV (.wav) packed/unpacked FLAC
WmA Windows media Audio 9
WAX Windows media audio metafiles ASX Advanced Stream Redirector (.asx)
DSD (.dsf & .dff via USB-B)

Supported media servers: Minim Bubble UPnP all UPnP certified media servers

Case: Brushed Aluminium Black, Silver or Gold