Selling my Ayon S5 Network Streamer, DAC with Analogue Volume Control / Preamp with Class A Vacuum Tube Stage.
It is one of the best Machines you can buy for the money. Please read detailed reviews from the links below.
Very rarely seen for sale on the used market.
You can stream through network (ethernet / wifi) or USB. It has a built in full function preamp with an elaborate power supply. Multiple inputs allows tremendous flexibility and Ive observed best results with it connected directly to the Amps.
Im the first owner and purchased this unit from USA Tube Audio locally. This unit has never been shipped and I have original Triple boxes for both Streamer and Power Supply in new condition.
Unit is in beautiful condition. Remote does have a few marks from early use before I purchased the cover but all functions work perfectly.
Buyer pays actual shipping (2 Boxes) & paypal fees (if used).
IN DEPTH REVIEWS
Excerpts from 6 Moons Review
"In terms of sound quality nothing. The S-5 was the most pleasant, transparent and exciting musical source I've ever experienced."
"The soundstage was incredibly wide and dynamic. Small decays of drums and strings were highlighted which neither the Lumin nor Esoteric K-03 captured. Listening to the Ayon was far more involving where the Lumin and Esoteric were more about contemplation and quietude."
"At the same time the S-5 is stunningly versatile with a very complete set of functions. Build quality is first rate as is generally the case for Ayon's entire catalogue. In consideration of its high sticker, it's important to highlight the various functions of this flagship network player. It was undoubtedly the most complete device I ever reviewed in this segment and also the most expensive."
"Considering PCM files, the Ayon was the best source I ever tried at home, even better than the Lumin despite a few firmware updates to the latter since its review. After listened to the S-5 for a few months and exploring all configurations possible within my system, I think this stunning performance was due to its very efficient integration of the digital and analogue stages."
"The very short signal path and energy generated by its 6H30P triodes really made for an outstanding level of transparency."
"I also used the S-5 as an analogue source connected to the Rogue Hera II (Ayon set to fixed mode which bypasses its active preamp stage) but lost part of the efficient circuit integration which downplayed the overall performance over using Ayon's variable preamplification stage."