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 and the S-3 "junior" version offer maximum flexibility and a top sound performance in its price class that you would expect from an Ayon product with.
Full-featured Network Music Player/DAC/Preamp
Class-A triode vacuum-tube output stage for single-ended & balanced operation
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.