AYON S3-Junior tube Network Streamer/Preamp 24/192 DAC/USB/WiFi/ENet/XLR/RCA etc

AY 11 MS S3J
NZ$ 6,995.00 ea (incl. GST)
Ayon Audio

"The Bugatti of Audio" - TAS: The Absolute Sound magazine


Many of our clients have asked in the past for a more affordable Network-Player based on the famous S-3. The downgraded S-3 "junior" version is the answer and offers many design highlights from its bigger brother, the S-3.

One of the major changes at the S-3 "junior" are the power supply system and the tube output stage.

We did the downgrading very carefully, the S-3 "junior" version offers maximum flexibility and a top sound performance in its price class that you would expect from an Ayon product with.




A controller app under the app name "Ayon Audio" version 2.0.2 for Apple devices is available (iTunes -App Store) and online.

A controller app under the app name “Ayon Control” for Android (Google Play) is available and online.


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 NAS or PC via Ethernet
° Support for 802.11n modules
° Streaming audio from USB HS
° WAV - 24/192 kHz
° FLAC - 24/192 kHz
° AAC, HE-AAC (up to 24bit 96 kHz)
° LPCM (up to 24/192 kHz on wired LAN and up to 24/96 kHz on wireless LAN)
° Gapless playback

● 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
● Digital input - S/PDIF (RCA), I2S , AES/EBU, BNC & TosLink
● 2 x USB "A" type inputs (24/192 kHz)
● Digital output - S/PDIF (RCA)
● 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 6922 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 6922 analog output stage
● Choke
● 8 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 coupling capacitors
● High quality special tube sockets with gold pins
● Capacitors ( MKP)
● 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

How to use TIDAL with Ayon Network-Players 
1.) You have to open a Tidal account, which is very simple and You have to pay monthly €/USD 9.99 or 19.99, it depends which quality level You want to order. 
2.) You have to install the Linn Kazoo or Lumin control app (or any other control app which has already embedded “Tidal” application) at Your iPad. 
3.) Please take a look that You have installed the latest Java version on Your NAS. 
4.) Then download from http://www.bubblesoftapps.com/bubbleupnpserver/ the “BubbleUPnP Server” directly to your NAS and install it. After installation process is finished, on the desktop will be created a “Bubble” shortcut. 
5.) Starting this shortcut will open a new window in Internet browser (note: almost all settings are actually generated automatically). 
6.) Choose “Media Renderers” tab. On the left side click ayon NW-T, S-3 or S-5 (it becomes blue highlighted) and then tick “Create an OpenHome renderer”. 
7.) A small dialog window will open, just click on the OK button to accept. 
8.) Now You may start using Your iPad control app. 


Conversion rate - 192kHz / 24 bit
Tube complement - 6922
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 - ~ 900 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
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 - < 0.002%
Remote control - Yes
Analog - Line Inputs & output - 2pair RCA and 1 pair RCA out
Analog - Main outputs - 1 pair / RCA & 1 pair / XLR
Dimension - 480Wide x 390Deep incl. terminals x 120High incl. feet mm
ht, unit only - 12 kg