“…That’s why I really enjoyed the Ideon Ayazi Mk. 2 DAC and the 3R Master Time Black Star. I consistently achieved excellent sound from several sources and wildly different systems, and it provided me with a clear view of what the big DACs can do, converters like, I dunno, the Ideon Audio Absolute. I really want to hear what that can do that this rig can’t. Or maybe I shouldn’t listen to it at all—because I’ll want THAT.
Highly recommended, and a Reviewer’s Choice..”
Haute Fidelite, January 2022
Ayazi mk2 DAC
The Ideon Audio Ayazi mk2 DAC: the affordable reference
The jack of all trades
The Ayazi mk2 DAC is designed and fine-tuned specifically to reveal the musical magic encoded in the numbers, that are stored within the digital medium. Sound reproduction with exceptionally broad dynamic range, ultra-low distortion and low noise, accurate sound stage, and musical congruity.
We used the device in many different high-end systems and set-ups as it is intended to be the jack of all trades for digital-to-analogue conversion, to be used anytime, anywhere…
A high-performance DAC
No frills construction: solid and functional, the Ayazi as one reviewer put it, “probably sets the sonic performance benchmark for DACs costing double or more its asking price”, encompassing what we started out to do: to offer the experience of the musical event, a sound you wont believe for its price. With the Ayazi, style follows function and budget. The result: when it comes to DACs the Ayazi is the affordable reference!
The USB input comprises Ideon Audio’s proprietary electrostatic protection circuit; the best way to fight against signal degradation and noise is to keep it at bay before it enters the signal!
Asynchronous Dual Clock Input
Pushing jitter and the noise floor to vanishingly low levels to achieve phase-correct sound, and dynamics.
Femto clock architecture.
Pushes jitter and noise floor below perceptible levels in our circuit. Two high quality CCHD-957 oscillators by Crystek.
Over Engineered, Top of the Line Power
We not only need abundance of power, we need clean power, especially devoid of hi-frequency noises, electrical interferences, and similar performance compromising distortion.
Using top of the line regulators and hi-end audiophile capacitors, discrete and ultra-stabilised power feeds, the Ayazi declares its own war on extraneous electrical & digital noise, achieving unparalleled dynamics and clarity in its class.
We believe we have a sonic winner!
|DIGITAL INPUTS||USB type 2 and above, SPDI/F|
|OUTPUT FULL SCALE||2.0V RMS|
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||10Hz-25kHz (+/- 0.5dB)|
|SNR (DC to 20kHz)||>112dB|
|SNR (A WEIGHTED 20HZ-20KHZ)||>130dB on all outputs|
|THD+N (1kHz FS 96 kS/s)||<0.002%E|
|USB INPUT||Transfer mode: Asynchronous (dual clock) Device class: Type 2 or above Bit depth: 32 bit Sampling rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8, 384 kHz|
|DIMENSIONS (W X H X D)||29cm X 17cm X 8cm|
|SPDIF / COAXIAL INPUT||Bit depth: 24 bit Sampling rates: 44.1, 48, 96, 192 kHz|
|CONTROLS||On/off switch, led indicator USB / SPDI/F input, sync led indicator|
|POWER REQUIREMENTS||230 / 110 V AC, 1A, 20W max|
|OPERATING TEMPERATURE||0-35˚ C|
|RELATIVE HUMIDITY||5-95% non-condensing|
|OUTPUT||Stereo unbalanced impedance: 250 Ω|
“..Ideon sounds like competition on much higher price levels, where it does not need to prove anything to anybody, and instead of showing muscles, it makes music count. Because it is the music, which is most important here, and the Ayazi presents it in such an engaging way, that if instead of looking for more revolutionary solutions or re-inventing the wheel, you just want music to soothe you, then contact with the Greek DAC could be like return to normality for you.
Sound Rebels, January 2022
“… And, what is most important, the improvement was audible in each and every aspect. This is why, when you are listening to music by streaming the zeros and ones through the USB port, you should at least invite the Ideon Audio 3R Master Time Black Star home for testing, however with the caveat, that this might become a much longer stay. Even more, if you like music, and you would like to live it in the highest quality possible, I do not imagine, you would not try it out. But if you pass on it, you will lose a lot, for sure.”
Sound Rebels, January 2022
“…The Ayazi Mk2 DAC and 3R Master Time combo is one of these real discoveries, the kind of which is rarely encountered…
It is hard to speculate what secrets are hidden in their entrails, to allow them to attain this magnificent sonic result. Whatever the case the result is indisputable: the Ideon Audio Ayazi Mk2 + 3R TM are among the
best digital products at their price range and well beyond. This duo is a marvel of technical mastery
that connects us directly to the heart of the music. It is a real current digital reproduction reference in quality / price ratio.
Haute Fidelite, February 2021