Review: Network Player Ayon S 3

The Ayon S 3 (5700 EUR) combines the best of three worlds: he combines high-tech D/A converters and network-player with a high-quality tube preamp.

  1. Review: network player Ayon S 3
  2. Data sheet

Tube and high-tech chip: For such a technology joint venture not just flows in a nice HiFi anachronism, it is to vote the respective techniques so that their principle-related qualities really complement each other. The noble S 3 of the Austrian Hi-Fi specialist Ayon is exactly this way.

Purely functionally combines the 3 S one D/A converters plus a network player with a remote controlled preamp. Thus he is the focal point of a hi-fi system, and in the simplest case it connects to powered speakers already to a playable Unit. Since the precursor has also two analog inputs plus recording output, she earned the predicate “absolutely fully”.

No connection needs come up with seven inputs by AES/EBU through I2S up to USB in the D/A converter. The rear USB-A socket, as host interface is applied, allowing the digital port one iPod, thereafter also through the user interface of Ayon control of. The front panel USB-A connector, however, is used to playing music on storage devices such as USB flash drives or hard drives.

Music playback from the computer the integrated network player is responsible for on the other hand: he connects to the music server but wired via Ethernet cable or wirelessly via WiFi. The wage for the wiring to the 192/24-format full Hi Res playback – via radio, it works only up to 96/24. 3 the S can play also Web radio stations in a network with Internet access. As a convenient platform to select and organize the transmitter he uses the free Web service by VTuner.

With regard to the technique for the network player, relies on the Austrian provider StreamUnlimited Ayon. So, the very reliable Stream-700-module in a version modified for him with extra master clock used the S 3 to the clocking of the D/A converter chip. Gapless play and an almost foolproof navigation are of course for the S 3.

Technology flair special offers the main Board of the S 3, which contains the complete audio electronics: tiny SMD Chips plus comparatively large tubes cavort in peaceful coexistence. gold-plated conductors take over the signal transfer between the components.

Anyway, the Ayon miser S 3 not with technical peculiarities: Pro channel operates a strong 6H30-Doppeltriodein the output stage. This classy glass bulb developed once for the Russian military is in high end circles highest reputation. Its anode voltage refers to the double triode from a power supply that is equipped with a rectifier tube. It is characterized by high voltage resistance and low self-capacitance. Their sound secret: By the relatively high internal resistance they counteract impulsive high current peaks when charging the capacitors, which retroactively could get wide as sound sad fault fog itself in other devices. This effect is supported by a filter choke, yet very efficiently suppressed the rest hum about.

The S 3 used the excellent PGA 2320 of Burr-Brown, which attenuates the signal on analog way using reversible precision resistors as remote volume control. The classy chip can however switch from the pathway connecting the Ayon at a preliminary stage.

This desire is likely but rarely come as the hearing test showed impressive. So, you can find precursors, which still sound better – but when searching you can settle time safely and first have a lot of fun with the Ayon S 3 . Because the Austrians as surprisingly sovereign preamp was supplied via the analog inputs with music. So he played very freely and breathing, even an infinitesimal acted this incredibly energetic and sensitive at the same time – with unbalanced connection way unceremonious at the strict minimal acting symmetric XLR-Alternative.

No wonder, that is the S 3 in the network operating immediately with the stereoplay highlight Linn Akurate, put: Okay, the Linn reproduced even an infinitesimal precise, neutral, for he was also slightly blutleerer to the unabated playing S 3.

As via AES-EBU or S/P-DIF lined D/A-converter, the Ayon Association again sound the best of three worlds. So he combined stability and verve of a Naim DAC as well as the ease and openness of a Ayre QB 9 tubes typical warmth and charisma. 192 kHz/24-bit-upsampling feature can be activated in all digital modes sound gained still more contour, it lost but also a little bit of his charming grace.

Ayon S 3

Manufacturer Ayon
Price €5700.00
Rating 67.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

General
Dimensions (width x height x depth) 48.0 x 12.0 x 39.0 cm
Weight 12.0 kg
Sound
Input RCA
(Number) (2)
Output cinch(Anzahl) (2)
Input of digital opt. / coax / HDMI / /
Digital output opt. / coax /
Sound via HDMI
Balanced outputs
Image music Server
Output video (number)
Output S-video (number)
YUV output / HDMI
Network
Ethernet
Wi-FI / Wi-FI encryption /
USB (number) (2)
Memory card slot
Type of memory card
required server UPnP
Facilities
Display
Display / color display / /
Resolution
Remote control / Adaptive /
Display / system /
Operating modes
Playback album / playlist /
Operation on the device
OSD
Display CD text
Internet radio / Vorgespeicherte stations (Internet radio) /
FM radio / station memory /
CD database Online
Formats
Data formats FLAC, WAV, MP3 WMA
Video formats
Audio CD / DVD /
maximum sampling frequency 192
Review
Short conclusion Great processed, very well equipped UPnP network player with full DAC and tube preamp section. Combines excellent sound quality with ease of use, reliability and high practicality.
Sound Absolute top class
Sound points of HiRes 24Bit192kHz
(max. 80 points)
67
Sound points 24Bit96KHz
(maximum 70 points)
0
Sound points 16Bit44kHz
(maximum 70 points)
66
Sound points preamplifier
Measured values
(maximum 10 points)
9
Practice
(max. 15 points)
9
Valency
(maximum 10 points)
10
Overall rating (max. 130 points) well over 95
Price / performance outstanding
tested in issue: 11 / 11

 

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