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Gold Note DS-10 Streaming DAC / Preamplifier

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The DS-10 Streaming DAC / Preamplifier is a new generation streaming DAC featuring a line preamplifier and headphone output.

The DS-10 is a versatile state-of-the-art streaming DAC, designed for the contemporary audiophile: it features a new generation D/A Converter, UPnP-DLNA Streamer, Line Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier.


Gold Note DS-10 Streaming DAC / Preamplifier

The DS-10 Streaming DAC / Preamplifier is a versatile state-of-the-art streaming DAC, designed for the contemporary audiophile: it features a new generation D/A Converter, UPnP-DLNA Streamer, Line Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier.

Inspired by our 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 headphone double power GAIN output. The DS-10 is also equipped with 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.

The technology of the DS-10 is enclosed in a compact-sized aluminum chassis, which makes it the perfect addition to a modern High-End audio system.


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The DS-10 Streaming DAC / Preamplifier 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 Streaming DAC / Preamplifier 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 Streaming DAC / Preamplifier 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 Streaming DAC / Preamplifier 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 theDS-10 Streaming DAC / Preamplifier features a state-of-the- art mechanical structure made of solid machined steel and thick aluminum. 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 modular design, the DS-10 can drive PSU-10 EVO, the dedicated external inductive power supply, to enhance its performance even more. If you are after uncompromising quality, check with your local dealer the availability of PSU-10 EVO and arrange a listening session.



D/A CONVERTER CHIP: AKM AK4493 PCM (32bit/768kHz, DSD512)

FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 20Hz-20kHz +/-0.1dB // THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) // 0.001% max



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


  • PCM 24bit/192kHz:
  • AIFF (.aif, .aiff, .aifc)
  • ALAC
  • WAV (.wav) packed/unpacked
  • FLAC
  • MP3
  • DSD64: DSF, DFF
  • Apple Lossless
  • OGG
  • Monkey’s
  • IMPORTANT: UpnP server must support DSD streaming in order to stream DSD files.




  • 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 (DS-10 PLUS ONLY): 1x 3.5mm mini jack


  • DAC: Stereo RCA @1Volt and balanced XLR @2Volt
  • PREAMP: stereo RCA, balanced XLR
  • 1x headphone 6,3mm jack on front panel (double gain)





POWER SUPPLY: 100-240V, 50/60Hz // Multiple Transformer proprietary power supply


DIMENSIONS: 200mm W | 80mm H | 260mm D

WEIGHT: Kg. 4 – net // Kg. 5 – boxed



  • BLACK: Black anodised aluminum with a traditional brushed finish
  • SILVER: Silver anodised aluminum with a traditional brushed finish
  • GOLD: Gold anodised aluminum with a traditional brushed finish

Additional information

Weight 4 kg
Dimensions 26 × 20 × 8 cm

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Why buy from us?

Rapallo is an independently owned New Zealand company and with more than 15 years experience, we offer you both technical expertise and superior service.

Rapallo is fully authorized to sell products by all of the manufacturers listed on our website and in our store. In most cases we are more than a reseller, we are a direct dealer who also receives training and where possible we personally test products we sell.


Authorized dealers like us offer peace of mind. Rapallo

  • meets manufacturer’s standards, from sales to service, in order to receive authorized status.
  • often receives training directly from manufacturer representatives and shares that expertise with you.
  • provides  support for all the products they sell.
  • ensures that manufacturer warranties will be honoured.
  • buys directly from big brand manufacturers and guarantee you buy NZ new, (no grey imports or parallel imports).

The Internet is an incredibly convenient information source and a wonderful way to find savings on the products you want. Protect yourself online by buying from authorized dealers, with genuine feedback and reputations.


A price too good to be true, usually is.
If you’ve ever searched for a product on a shopping engine (such as Priceme/Pricespy) you may have asked yourself, “Why are some stores charging so much less than other stores?”

Our customers often share these stories with us, so we thought we would share a few with you, in hopes that you don’t fall prey to any of these unscrupulous sales tactics.

  • Goods may be grey market/parallel imported. They may state that the product includes the manufacturer warranty, but not tell you that the warranty is valid only in Europe, Japan, or South America, and NOT in NZ.
  • You may be asked to buy an expensive extended warranty. In many cases if you do not purchase the warranty, your purchase will be denied. (The product is now out of stock, your card does not go through, etc.)
  • Included parts may be sold to you separately. Some resellers will open boxes and charge extra for parts that are normally included by the manufacturer.
  • Hidden charges which don’t show up until your credit card statement arrives, these charges only show up when your credit card statement is sent to you.
  • When something goes wrong, faulty, late delivery, doesn’t matter how many times you try to email, they don’t get back.
  • There are so many scamming online sellers today, “buyer beware” protect yourself!


Think you have a better price from someone in NZ (authorised dealer)? Call us, we’ll see what we can do.


Concerned About Fraud?
The internet has become a more popular source for online shopping, regrettably we have seen more and more instances of fraud affecting online shoppers. Companies trading under many  different names, loading warranties and charging for them as extras when often they are included from the manufacturer. Parallel imports or personal imports where the NZ supplier refuses to repair when things go wrong is often alarming to the unsuspecting purchaser. Inflated freight charges, customs and GST at the border are often forgotten as a buyer is tempted by a lower price. Constantly we hear all these stories, once bitten it’s all to late looking for that refund or replacement. The stories are outrageous at times, customers from Trademe and ebay with no place to turn, time consuming and very frustrating…


So how do you protect yourself from online fraud?

  • Buy from an authorized reseller. If you are at all suspicious, contact the manufacturer directly and ask if a company is authorized to sell their products.
  • Make sure you get a company invoice with GST clearly marked.
  • Make sure you buy from someone who has a phone number and an address on their website, not a P.O.Box number
  • Read customer feedback, you can usually tell if it’s genuine or not.

We hope that you will become our next happy customer. And we promise to offer you superior service before, during and after your purchase.

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