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
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
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
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The Show Newport 2016 - Irvine California "Best Sound" "Cost No Object" Ayon Audio Electronics with the Lumenwhite White Light Loudspeakers.
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The S-3 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-3 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 Signal Path 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.
Network Player Functionality User interface on QVGA 3.5” TFT display Internet radio (vTuner) UPnP streaming from PC via 100base-T Ethernet Support for 802.11n modules (via separate bcd file) Streaming audio from USB HS (mass storage device) WAV (lpcm) – 24/192 kHz FLAC – 24/192 kHz FLAC – 24/176 kHz supported AIFF Displaying AlbumArt embedded in AIFF files AAC, HE-AAC (up to 24bit 96 kHz) Displaying AlbumArt embedded in AAC files LPCM (up to 24/192 kHz on wired LAN and up to 24/96 kHz on wireless LAN) Gapless playback NetAPI streaming – for iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac and Windows versions.
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 24/192 kHz and on/off switchable Ethernet ( RJ45 ) Memory stick or USB drive WIFI Digital input - S/PDIF (RCA), I2S , AES/EBU, BNC & TosLink USB inputs (24/192 kHz) Digital output - S/PDIF (RCA) Electrical-Analog Volume control system 2 pair analog input ( RCA) 1 pair Tape out ( RCA )
Separate Display for Network-Player and Volume/ Inputs Power Supply 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 amplification AC power line filter to avoid noise and hash from entering into the unit.
Dual tube rectification for 6H30 analog output stage Choke with Film caps 10 separate voltage regulators Components 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 2% ) High quality – RCA & XLR jack Gold-plated industrial grade PCB Mechanical Construction
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
Specifications Network-Player Ayon S-3
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 ouput 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 Network inputs 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 10Hz – 50kHz +/- 0.3dB Total harmonic distortion 1kHz