Original retail $4,400 – which is a great bargain, to start with. There are several highly favorable reviews easy to find on the Internet.
Selling price $1,850 OBO – including the original Esoteric remote.
Great condition, very lightly used.
The AI-10 incorporates ESOTERIC's highly acclaimed D/A converter and clock technology to reproduce high speed and pure sound with exceptional resolution and density. AI-10 also incorporates TI(Texas Instruments), PWM processor which has an excellent error correction algorithm for PWM signal processing. The AI-10 has highly efficient speaker driving ability and ultra high-resolution thanks to its direct digital amplification throughout the signal path.
The latest MOS-FET for the highly efficient speaker driving ability
MOS-FET is a key component in digital amplifiers and the AI-10 features the latest generation having ultra-high speed / high current processing capability. Combining with a large toroidal power supply, speaker driving efficiency is highly optimized.
Large toroidal power supply and capacitors
The large toroidal transformer has a high power handling capacity of 205 VA, supplying electric power very quickly, without adding noise or distortion to internal circuits. The AI-10 uses very large capacitors rated at 36,000 μF (18,000 μF ×2pieces) capacity per channel. With these rich power supply components, the AI-10 has a high power output capacity of 150 Watt + 150Watt/8ohms (max).
The AI-10 features a WORD SYNC output terminal to work as a master clock generator accurate to ±1 ppM. The output signal covers 44.1/88.2/176.4/48/96/192 kHz clock signal frequencies. The AI-10 can also output an ESOTERIC original 100 kHz Universal Clock signal. With the word synchronization function connected to the SA-10 or other source devices, the system will deliver even better performance with improvement in transparency, separation, depth and imaging.
Optional i.LINK (AUDIO) interface
Optional i.LINK interface provides digital transmission capability of high-grade Super Audio CD's multi-channel signals to other i.LINK-equipped devices such as multi-channel D/A converter or A/V surround sound processor.
Highly functional input / output terminals
- Analog audio input: unbalanced RCA ×3 (inc. phono (MM)/line convertible input ×1)/balanced XLR×1
- Digital audio input: coaxial ×1/optical ×1
- German made high-quality WBT speaker terminal ×1
High rigid chassis construction made with thick aluminum plates
The front panel is made from thick extruded aluminum, top panel(T 5mm) and side panels(T 4mm) are also made from aluminum. This high rigid chassis construction reduces vibration resonance. Screws are hidden from exterior view compliment the AI-10 high-end cosmetic. The chassis is supported by three metal feet to create an optimally stable platform.
Slim remote control with illumination keys
Aluminum body remote control fits comfortably in your hands with its moderate weight.
Europe model: AC 230 V, 50 Hz
U.S.A./Canada model: AC 120 V, 60 Hz
Korea model: AC 220 V, 60 Hz
Power consumption: 135 W
Weight: 14.5 kg (31 15/16 lb)
External dimensions (W x H x D):
442 x 149 x 383 mm (17 3/8” x 5 7/8” x 15 1/16” )
• Digital Input Terminals
linear PCM (44.1kHz-192kHz, 16-24bit),
DSD (after a future hardware upgrade (charged))
Coaxial Jack: RCA x1
Optical Jack: OPTICAL x1
The i.LINK (AUDIO) terminals (4 pin x 1, 6 pin x 1) will
become available after a future hardware upgrade
(Optional at additional cost).
• Amplifier Section
Output Power: 110 W + 110 W (1 kHz, 8 ohms),
150 W + 150 W (1 kHz, 4 ohms)
Maximum useful output power:
150 W + 150 W (1 kHz, 8 ohms, JEITA)
Minimum impedance: 4 ohms
Total Harmonic Distortion:
0.08 % (at 110 W, 1 kHz, 8 ohms)
Frequency Response (COAXIAL, OPTICAL):
5 Hz to 95 kHz, –3 dB (at 1 W, 8 ohms)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (COAXIAL, OPTICAL): greater than
110 dB (JEITA)
• Word Clock
Output level: TTL level/75 ohms
Word Clock Output Frequency: 44.1, 88.2, 176.4, 48, 96,
192, 100 (kHz)