The 2017 Los Angeles Audio Show - The Absolute Sound
Robert Harley on Electronics
by Robert Harley | Jun 06th, 2017
RH’s Best of Show
Best Sound (cost no object)
USA Tube Audio’s demonstration of the new Lumen White 25 Generation 4 speakers driven by Ayon electronics was spectacularly great, with wall-to-wall soundstaging.
Close your eyes and you’d never know that you were in a hotel room.
Ayon Audio distributor USA Tube Audio presented the world premier of several new Ayon products; I’ll cover just the amplification. The system included the Ayon Spheris III preamplifier ($34,500) or alternately, the S-10 Network Streamer/Preamplifier ($8300). The all-tube components, housed in gorgeous chromed chassis, fed a pair of Ayon Orthos XS Gen 4 mono amps which drove the new Lumenwhite White Light 25 Gen 4 Anniversary speakers in one of the show’s best-sounding rooms.
The 2017 Los Angeles Audio Show -
The Absolute Sound
by Neil Gader | Jun 15th, 2017 NG’s Best Of Show - LA Audio Show 2017
Best Sound (cost no object):
Most Surprising was the stunning Lumenwhite “White Light Anniversary ($69,000).
Lumenwhite White Light “Anniversary”
Do blondes still have more fun? If it’s a wood-veneer finish, Lumenwhite certainly thinks so. It premiered Generation 4 of its famous “White Light” speakers—the White Light Anniversary Reference ($69,000). The Anniversary Reference features the world’s first all-ceramic driver array in a radically advanced “pressure-and-flow-dynamics-optimized cabinet,” with numerous innovative technologies in an all-out assault on the state of the art in reference loudspeaker performance. Sonics were brilliantly fast and open. To my ear Lumenwhite’s latest generation of ceramic transducers was uncolored and possessed terrific dynamic output as well as sensitive micro-gradients. Driving the White Light were all Ayon components including the vacuum-tube CD-35 SACD streamer, S10 vacuum-tube streamer, Spheris tube preamplifier, and Orthos II Gen 4 mono amps.
2016 - THE SHOW NEWPORT Robert Harley - The Absolute Sound The Show Newport 2016 - Irvine California "Best Sound" "Cost No Object" Ayon Audio Electronics with the Lumenwhite White Light Loudspeakers.
Neil Gader - The Absolute Sound
The Show Newport 2016 - Irvine California "Best Sound" "Cost No Object" Ayon Audio Electronics with the Lumenwhite White Light Loudspeakers.
AYON AUDIO AWARDED "BEST SOUND" MUNICH HIGH END AUDIO SHOW 2017!
AYON AUDIO AWARDED "BEST SOUND" MUNICH HIGH END AUDIO SHOW 2016!
AYON AUDIO AWARDED "BEST SOUND" MUNICH HIGH END AUDIO SHOW 2015!
THE AYON AUDIO S-5 TUBE DAC NETWORK MEDIA PLAYER IS THE BEST THERE IS - THERE IS NO BETTER MEDIA NETWORK PLAYER - THIS IS WHAT THE REVIEWERS AROUND THE GLOBE HAVE TO SAY!
The Absolute Sound - Award - "The Bugatti of Audio"
Best of Show winner 7 years in a row!
Reviewers say: "Better Than Vinyl"
6 MONTHS SAME AS CASH FINANCING AVAILABLE ! 0% APR - 1-2-3 YEARS SAME AS CASH ALSO AVAILABLE! 0% APR NO FINANCE CHARGES
PRICE PROTECTION GUARANTEE - COME VISIT OUR WORLD CLASS SHOWROOM IN SCOTTSDALE ARIZONA
Our 90 Day Price Protection Guarantee assures our clients of our continued commitment to full satisfaction and delight.
Should you find any Hi Fi product we offer from an Authorized Dealer in the USA for a lower price than the price you paid to us, we will gladly refund to you the difference plus 10% of that difference.
Open 7 days, 10am to 8pm Ocean West
USA Tube Audio - Since 1976
Please call 1-800-676-1085 Sales Ext 2 - USA + Canada
THERE IS NO BETTER TUBE AUDIO PRODUCT AT ANY PRICE!
The S-5 is a ground-breaking design and this ultimate combination of modern new design and time proven concepts, will deliver music and superb sound performance that you would expect from an Ayon product with maximum home audio flexibility. The S-5 includes a network player, analog preamplifier and a world class D/A-converter that gives the highest obtainable performance.
A fast tight bass, warm fluid mids, super smooth highs!
If this is not the best Network Media Player you have ever heard - Send It Back!
Features & Design
Full-featured Network Music Player/DAC/Preamp
Class-A triode vacuum-tube output stage for single-ended & balanced operation
We believe that the simplest circuits work best together with the shortest signal path. That is why our pre-amplifiers to date have used single-ended pure class-A circuitry. The shorter the signal path is, the less possibility of sonic degradation from various sources, including the wire itself. Even on the circuit boards, the copper traces are kept to a very minimum length. The completely redesigned circuit board provides a more straightforward and direct approach to the signal paths.
User interface on QVGA 3.5” TFT display
Internet radio (vTuner)
UPnP streaming from PC via 100base-T Ethernet /
Streaming audio from USB HS (mass storage device)
WAV (lpcm) - up to 192khz/24bit
FLAC - up to 192khz/24bit
AAC, HE-AAC (up to 24bit 96 kHz)
LPCM (up to 24bit 192 kHz on wired LAN and up to 24bit 96 kHz on wireless LAN)
NetAPI with Ayon app for iPad, iPhone/iPod and Android
Logical sequenced soft-start power up for extended tube life
Warm up function
0dB negative feedback (of any kind )
Ultra short signal path
Simplest direct circuit path for purest musical sound and high reliability
Low output impedance for driving long runs interconnect to an amplifier, and any tube or solid state power amp
No solid state devices in the analog tube output (signal path )
Minimal discrete wiring for optimum signal propagation
No followers or buffers in the signal path
No DC servo that degrades the signal
High quality parts throughout
Separate analog output stage for left and right channel
Burr Brown D/A converter
Upsampling 24bit/192kHz and on/off switchable
Ethernet ( RJ45 )
Memory stick or USB drive
BB A/D converter 24/192
Digital input - S/PDIF (RCA), I2S , AES/EBU, BNC & TosLink
2 x USB type “A” inputs for Memory stick or USB drives
Digital output - S/PDIF (RCA)
Dual Electrical-Analog Volume control system
2 pair analog line input ( RCA)
1 pair analog line input ( XLR)
1 pair Tape out ( RCA )
Separate Display for Network-Player and Volume/ Inputs
The power supplies have been further refined with new components and enhanced AC line noise filtration. Separate power transformer windings and filters provide total isolation between the input and output stage which makes this a pure power source and it is a critical attribute for a 6H30 output stage. We also use electrolytic capacitors with much larger storage capacity to make up for the loss in filtering when using resistors in lieu of inductors.
Dual R-Core / Low noise – insulated power transformers for digital & analog separated
Innovative power supply provides a high speed energy delivery on transients
Separate and isolated power supplies over each stage of amplificationAC power line filter to avoid noise and hash from entering into the unit.
Four times tube rectification for 6H30 analog output stage
Choke with Film caps
10 separate voltage regulators
The type of parts used therefore must have a synergistic relationship to the circuit they are placed in. It is this relationship of which type of part to use where, that ranks our products apart from the mass.
Selected, premium quality passive components used in all applications
High speed & high quality audiophile grade coupling capacitors
High quality Special tube sockets with gold pins
Capacitors ( MKP 1% )
High quality – RCA & XLR jack
Gold-plated industrial grade PCB
The high grade aluminum chassis impart a richer, more lustrous tonality with a cleaner back-ground and less hash and grain. All brushed anodized anti-vibration-resonance and non-magnetic chassis’s are fully hand assembled to insure the highest level of craftsmanship.
AC phase polarity control indicator
The aluminium feet are resonance absorbing types
Metal remote commander
Chassis finish: black / chrome
Network-Player Ayon S-5
Conversion rate 192kHz / 24 bit
Tube complement 6H30
Dynamic range > 118dB
Channel separation >105dB 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Output level1 kHz / 0,775V -0dB /RCA
2V fixed or 0 – 2V rms variable
Output impedance Single-Ended-RCA ~ 700 Ω
Digital output 75 Ω S/PDIF (RCA)
Digital inputs 75 Ω S/PDIF (RCA & up to 24/192kHz),
TosLink (up to 24/192kHz)
110 Ω AES/EBU (up to 24/192kHz)
75 Ω BNC (up to 24/192kHz)
I2S (up to 24/192kHz)
Front mounted USB type ‘A’ socket for USB “pen”/hard disk drive
Rear mounted USB type ‘A’ socket for USB “pen”/hard disk drive
RP-SMA plug Wifi Aerial input (“wireless” network connection) 802.11b/g
UTP RJ45 10/100Mbps socket (“wired” network connection)
S/N ratio > 110 dB
Frequency response 20Hz – 20kHz +/- 0.3dB
Total harmonic distortion 1kHz