Ayon Audio S5 Network Player

AYON AUDIO S5 Dual Chassis Music Streamer / Tube Preamp

We are proud to introduce a sonically breath-taking model that may be the most musical and musically accurate Network-Player, the tube based S-5. The S-5 offers new dimensions of transparency and holographic. It immediately shows a large soundstage, greater transient speed top-to-bottom, purer resolution of low-level detail and expanded dynamic contrasts, with more bass slam, definition and extension. Compromise was not built into the S-5 design.
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 /
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
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 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
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

Manufacturer’s website AYON Audio

Please find reviews below:


6 Moons” Online Magazine Review


Positive Feedback” Online Magazine Review


Ayon S5 Specifications



Ayon S-5

Conversion rate

192kHz / 24 bit

Tube complement


Dynamic range

> 118dB

Channel separation

>105dB 20 Hz to 20 kHz

Output level @1 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

20Hz – 20kHz  +/- 0.3dB

Total harmonic distortion @ 1kHz

< 0.002%

Remote control


Analog – Line Inputs & output

2 pair IN/RCA, 1 pair IN/XLR and 1 pair out

Analog – Main outputs

1 pair / RCA & 1 pair / XLR

Dimension (Wide x Deep – incl. terminals x High – incl. feet) cm

Main unit 48 x 39 x 12 cm
Power supply 48 x 39 x 12 cm

Weight, unit only

12 kg Main unit / 15kg P.S.

Weight2 kg