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Ayon Stratos

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Ayon Stratos DAC – DSD – Vacuum Tube DAC – Analog Volume Control

The Ayon Stratos DAC will prove to be an intricate component, a must have machine in your system.

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Ayon Stratos DAC – Vacuum Tube DAC – Volume Control

Manufactured in Austria, Wow – Ayon Audio has really outdone themselves again! Every time a new model is released, which is about every 4 to 5 years, we think to ourselves – will the new model be even better.

I have to confess we do that here at USA Tube Audio and I can confirm that every time Ayon Audio introduces a new model, we are stunned that Ayon can yet squeeze out a superior performance over their Legacy model being replaced.

Ayon has done it again. The Stratos vacuum tube DAC will amaze and stun you. The soundstage is so realistic to the live event, the Stratos is so good, that your speakers will disappear during playback. Wall to wall three dimensional performance!

The Stratos can do it all – computer playback DSD professional audio use. The Quad differential gain stage, composed of 2x 6H30 dual triodes per channel a total of 4 6H30’s are so liquid, you will find yourself fully captivated and engaged.

Also 4x 6Z4 tubes for the power supply and signal rectification. Amazing! The Stratos DAC HD high capacity power supply setup in a “bridge” rectification design, is genius.

The Stratos will prove to be an intricate component, a must have machine in your system.

Features & Design

The Ayon Stratos vacuum tube DAC is a world class DAC and 100% analog Preamplifier
Pure Class A triode vacuum tube operation, RCA and XLR balanced

Signal Path

Ayon believes in the shortest signal paths. Advanced circuit design – Pure Class A operation!

  • Monitored sequenced soft start – extended tube life
  • Warm up function
  • Zero negative feedback
  • Ultra short signal path
  • Simplest direct circuit path
  • Low output impedance
  • No solid state devices – analog tube output
  • Minimal discrete wiring
  • No followers or buffers
  • Premium quality parts throughout
  • Fully hand assembled superb craftsmanship
  • Independent analog output stage – left and right channel
  • Analog inputs RCA & XLR Balanced
  • All digital inputs included
  • Internal hardware PCM upsampler for CD sources to 24/192K (can be disabled)
  • Native 192kHz PCM and DSDx128 conversion
  • Ultra-low jitter internal clock generator
  • USB input 24/192 asynchronous  and DSD

HD Power Supply
HD power supplies have enhanced AC line noise conditioning. Separate power transformer windings provide a pure power source serving the Quad 4x 6H30 output stage.

Electrolytic capacitors with huge electrical storage capacity.

  • 2 separate R-Core Low noise power transformer – digital & analog
  • 4x 6H30 output stage – 4x 6Z4 power supply and tube rectification
  • Choke – filtered power supply – coupled with special film caps
  • HD power supply provides a high speed energy
  • Independent, isolated power supplies for each stage of amplification
  • Monitored DC filament – soft start extending tube life to 8k hours
  • AC power line conditioner.
  • 10 independent voltage regulators

Premium Components
Hand selected premium components

  • Premium High speed audiophile coupling capacitors
  • Premium quality tube sockets – gold pins
  • Premium capacitors MKP 1%
  • Premium quality  RCA & XLR connectors
  • Gold PCB

Exquisite Construction
Aircraft grade aluminum chassis. Elegant brushed aluminum. Anti resonance, non magnetic chassis. Hand assembled superb level of craftsmanship.

  • Panel engraving
  • Aluminum feet – resonance absorbing
  • Chassis finish: black

Specifications

Digital/Analog Converter Ayon Stratos
Conversion rate 32 bit, PCM up to 192k, 64xDSD, 128xDSD
DAC configuration 16 mono DACs to 2-stereo outs
Tube complement – Analog output 4x 6H30 – 4x 6Z4
Dynamic range > 130dB
Output level @1 kHz / Rms 0-12V
Output impedance  Single-Ended-RCA ~ 300 Ohms
Output impedance  Balanced-XLR ~ 300 Ohms
Digital input 1 x S/PDIF, 1 x AES/EBU, 1 x Toslink,
1 x BNC, 1 x USB, 1 x I2S, 3 x BNC for DSD
Analog input 2 x RCA & 1 x XLR
Analog output RCA & XLR
S/N ratio > 120 dB
Frequency response 20Hz – 20kHz  +/- 0.2dB
Total harmonic distortion @ 1kHz < 0.002%
Remote control Yes
Dimension (WxDxH) 18.89 x 16.53 x 4.33 inches
Weight 44 lbs – Shipping weight 52 lbs
Specifications subject to change without notice

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Specifications
Digital/Analog Converter Ayon Stratos – Vacuum Tube – Volume Control
Pure Class A Triode

Conversion rate 32 bit, PCM up to 192k, 64xDSD, 128xDSD
DAC configuration 16 mono DACs to 2-stereo outs
Tube complement – Analog output 4x 6H30 – 4x 6Z4
Dynamic range > 130dB
Output level @1 kHz / Rms 0-12V
Output impedance  Single-Ended-RCA ~ 300 Ohms
Output impedance  Balanced-XLR ~ 300 Ohms
Digital input 1 x S/PDIF, 1 x AES/EBU, 1 x Toslink,
1 x BNC, 1 x USB, 1 x I2S, 3 x BNC for DSD
Analog input 2 x RCA & 1 x XLR
Analog output RCA & XLR
S/N ratio > 120 dB
Frequency response 20Hz – 20kHz  +/- 0.2dB
Total harmonic distortion @ 1kHz < 0.002%
Remote control Yes
Dimension (WxDxH) 18.89 x 16.53 x 4.33 inches
Weight 44 lbs – Shipping weight 52 lbs

Specifications subject to change without notice