"The Gold Note DAC gives a full and rewarding accounting of music. The slightly warmer tonal balance of the IS-1000 overall ensured that listening to streaming and digitally recorded music was pleasingly balanced, and always satisfying.” - Dean Seislove
LP Magazin (Germany) has acknowledged IS-1000 with its “Best of 2019” Award!
“Modern high-end audio lifestyle products need to be feature packed and offer a luxurious appeal without looking bland. They need to be aesthetically and aurally pleasing. This is the modern integrated amplifier executed right! It got style, a powerful inner core and a timeless Italian aura enriched by the powerful DNA.” - Matej Isak
"Eigentlich ist „Vollverstärker“ eine Beleidigung für das Gerät. Ja, es vollverstärkt auch, im Grunde seines italienischen Herzens aber ist der IS-1000 der Traum vieler Musikhörer: eine Kiste, alles drin. Sehr gut, vor allem in Anbetracht des luxuriösen Funktionsumfangs des Gerätes.” - Holger Barke
IS-1000 is the product of the year and has been chosen “Best of 2018” by Mono&Stereo.
“We are so enamored with Gold Note’s IS-1000, that we awarded it our Product of the Year in the Amplifier Category for 2018. The IS-1000 is a major step above so many of the other offerings we’ve heard in the way it offers a total package. Aesthetics, functionality, and sonic performance are all a 10+.” - Jeff Dorgay
“Wer genug von den unzähligen Kisten und Kistchen einer „normalen“ HiFi-Anlage hat und ein Wohnambiente bevorzugt, das nicht von der Musikanlage dominiert wird, aber dennoch auf erstklassigen Klang großen Wert legt, wird am Gold Note IS- 1000 kaum vorbeikommen.” - Ekkehard Strauss
IS-1000 gets a very positive review on HiFI Audio Hong Kong! (Text in Chinese only)
“The IS-1000 is the perfect combination of everything you need with nothing you don’t.” - Jeff Dorgay
"Connectivity is comprehensive and I can see many having the IS-1000 as the hub of their entertainment system and having it not only for playing tunes saved on NAS/HDD or from streaming services, but also for putting the television through." - Stuart Smith
“One of the most important and overarching aspects of the IS-1000’s performance is that it feels like a single cohesive unit rather than a collection of elements partnered together in a nice-looking box. This isn’t a traditional integrated amplifier, but one that reflects the requirements of audio enthusiasts in 2018, and if you are looking for an amp with a built-in network music streaming source, it makes a great deal of sense.“ - Ed Sulley
“The few will stick with separates, enjoying the thrill of the chase – the sport of hifi. The majority just want to plug and play. A single-box solution that pushes performance above the 90th percentile offered by separates but without the hassle and the tyranny of choice. Out of the window goes the hifi rack, a mess of wires and the clutter. A streamlined hifi solution for modern homes.“ - Phil Wright
“Competence from Florence: If you suspect jewellery or fashion cloths behind the label Gold Note from Italy, you’d be wrong: with the IS-1000, the High-End luxury manufacturer from Florence presents an all-rounder of superlatives” - Roland Kraft
“We’ve just started to audition the IS-1000 and it’s amore from the start.
Featuring an integral phono stage, based on the circuitry of the PH-10 that we already love, a built in DAC and streamer and a 125 watt per channel power amplifier, this $5,000 beauty is a perfect solution for those wanting high quality, maximum versatility (did we tell you it has six digital inputs) and a convenient form factor. The only question left is: black or silver?” - Jeff Dorgay
“All for one, one for all - this slightly modified Musketeers motto fits well with the Gold Note IS-1000. Under his hood it combines the exquisite technology of four different top-class devices, resulting in an all-in-one solution on a high-end level: the IS-1000 acts as streamer, digital-to-analogue converter and integrated amplifier scores with digital interface diversity, turntable input and access to the online music services. Is there more? Yes! We discovered further delicacies in the test.” - Volker Frech