DARKO AUDIO

REVIEW OF DS-10 BY PHIL WRIGHT

“Gold Note’s DS-10 (£2.5k/€2.5k/US$3k) is 1) a network streamer, 2) a Bluetooth receiver, 3) a DAC, 4) a digital pre-amplifier and 5) a headphone amplifier. Five functions wrapped in an attractive half-width chassis. Let’s dive right in…

Functionality
The internal streaming board is a customised CDM-2121 from ConversDigital. It connects to wired and wireless networks to first tick off Apple Airplay, Spotify Connect and Roon Readiness, which functions as advertised but, at time of writing, it isn’t yet fully-certified. The associated mConnect control app (iOS, Android) brings in UPnP streaming – from a NAS or a directly connected USB drive – plus Deezer, Qobuz, Tidal and vTuner support. mConnect works well for basic control, less so for large libraries of ripped files. Text-based lists are common, search parameters are limited, metadata display too.”

Read the full review here: https://darko.audio/2020/03/gold-note-ds-10-review/