“2019 was without doubt, my year for Italian audio, and the foremost brand for me was Gold Note. I loved their PH-10 phono stage and PSU enough to buy them for my own system, so I was very intrigued indeed when John Simm of UK distributor Audio Pinnacle offered me the chance to hear and review the DS-10. It is in the same half-width chassis as the the PH-10 and manages to incorporate a DAC, streamer, preamplifier and headphone amplifier in that confined space. The front of the unit has a colour screen, a full sized headphone jack and on the right hand side, the single rotary dial familiar from the PH-10. The back of the unit is absolutely packed. Balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA analogue outputs share space with an Ethernet input, two USB sockets, an AES/EBU input and two Toslink optical inputs. There are two fixings for antennae – Bluetooth and wireless, and last but by no means least, the same PSU input as the PH-10. Bluetooth 5.0 is built in to the DS-10, should that suit your needs.”

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