Gold Note DS-10


The DS-10 is a versatile state-of-the-art streaming DAC designed for the contemporary audiophile and featuring a new generation D/A Converter, UPnP-DLNA Streamer, Line Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier. The technology of the DS-10 is brilliantly enclosed in a compact-sized aluminium chassis and it’s the perfect addition to a modern High-End audio system. Inspired by our acclaimed IS-1000 All-In-One unit, it combines its extended connectivity features with the exceptional high-resolution of the Bluetooth 5.0 – for the first time ever on a High-End audio product – and the impressive headphone double power GAIN output. The DS-10 PLUS is also equipped with an analogue input to become a complete preamplifier for analogue and digital sources, both the analogue line input and the preamp stage operate in a fully analogue way to preserve the purest audio quality (available on DS-10 PLUS only).


The DS-10 is a Roon Ready device with a quick set-up and multi-room capabilities. Simply connect it to your network using the Wi-Fi or the Ethernet port and to your power amplifier or active speakers, and get ready to explore the limitless possibilities of high-resolution music. Stream through Roon, Airplay, Tidal, MQA, Qobuz, Spotify and Deezer or access your collection of digital music stored locally on a NAS or a USB flash drive (DSD64 and PCM 24/192 on USB-A/LAN/WLAN, DSD512 and PCM 32/768 on USB-B), controlling the DS-10 with our easy to use GN Control App on your smartphone or tablet (available for free on iOS and Android).


The DS-10 is equipped with an on/off switchable High-End Analogue Preamp stage to enable the control of the analogue volume even through web players (when the Preamp stage is activated) and guarantee the best performance ever. The DS-10 also features a professional 6.3mm headphones output with two sensitivity levels (High/Low), a proprietary technology we developed to help get the best out of your headphones. With the additional analogue input (available on the PLUS model only) the DS-10 PLUS becomes the perfect integration between the Gold Note PH-10 phono stage and the PA-10 power amplifier.


The DS-10 has a unique feature that sets it apart from any other DAC, making it the most versatile DAC available today – three different profiles can be selected to fine-tune the performance of the DAC, which adapts to the music it’s playing as a chameleon. For the first time ever, the DAC behaviour can be changed to adapt to the music played without modifying the audio signal and thus maintaining the highest audio quality, acting on the deemphasis, the low-pass digital filters and the amount of power applied to the circuits. Such profiles can be selected in real-time during music playback delivering a unique listening experience and ease of use thanks to the clear menu on the TFT display. It’s time to enjoy the unprecedented listening pleasure that only the DS-10 can offer you.


The DS-10 is a plug & play DAC that is easy and quick to set up in your system. Once it’s connected to your network, it only needs a power amplifier or some active speakers and you are ready to start listening. All the functions available on the DS-10 are fully controlled through the SKC (Single Knob Control) and the dedicated App GN Control. With its large 2.8” TFT display you can quickly check all the functions of the DS-10 and control it using the dedicated App and our SKC (Single Knob Control) located on the front panel, or the Gold Note remote control. Our easy to use GN Control App displays all metadata, cover and other information registered on the track as well as the real resolution format on your smartphone or tablet (available for free on iOS and Android).


Our products are designed to ensure the best experience of use and the DS-10 features a state-of-the- art mechanical structure made of solid machined steel and thick aluminium. The high-quality materials used guarantee low-frequency resonance, feedback vibrational control and low magnetic inertial field.

Thanks to the unique and innovative Gold Note mod- ular design, the DS-10 can drive PSU-10 EVO, the dedicated external inductive power supply, to en- hance its performance even more. If you are after uncompromising quality, check with your local dealer the availability of PSU-10 EVO and arrange a listen- ing session.

D/A converter chip

AKM AK4493 PCM (32bit/768kHz, DSD512)

Frequency response

20Hz-20kHz +/-0.1dB

THD (Total Harmonic Distortion)

0.001% max

Signal to noise ratio


Dynamic range


Preamp stage volume control

Enabled/Disabled by remote

Network connectivity

LAN/WLAN (WiFi): 802.11b/g via RJ45 10/100Mbps socket
Bluetooth: High Definition 5.0 (44/16)

High quality streaming

Tidal, Qobuz, MQA, vTuner, Deezer, Spotify, Airplay, Roon Ready

Supported audio formats

PCM 24bit/192kHz, AIFF, ALAC, WAV, FLAC, MP3, DSD64: DSF, DFF, Apple Lossless, OGG, Monkey's

Supported media servers

All UPnP, DLNA, Roon

Digital inputs

1x RCA coaxial PCM asynchronous up to 24bit/192kHz
2x TOS-optical PCM asynchronous up to 24bit/192kHz
1x AES/EBU XLR PCM asynchronous up to 24bit/192kHz
1x USB-B asynchronous up to DSD512 and PCM up to 32bit/768kHz
1x USB-A port DSD64 and PCM up to 24bit/192kHz, formatted in FAT32/NTFS (32Gb max for pen drives)

Analogue input

1x 3.5mm mini jack

Audio outputs

DAC: Stereo RCA @1Volt and balanced XLR @2Volt

Audio outputs

PREAMP: stereo RCA, balanced XLR
1x headphone 6,3mm jack on front panel (double gain)

Output impedance


Power consumption



2A F

Power supply

100-240V, 50/60Hz


200mm W | 80mm H | 260mm D


4 Kg