Gold Note IS-1000 Deluxe Network streamer/amplifier

Integrated amplifiers

If I’m honest about things, products like the IS-1000 Deluxe make a bit of a mockery of the whole review process. A review of the Gold Note amplifier taken early in its life will discuss the product in the context of an app that is completely different to the one used today, and as that app may form most of the way you interact with the Gold Note amplifier, that early review is almost completely invalid, and yet we live in a world of ‘exclusives’ where a follow-up six months later is lost in a sea of ‘now, now, now!’ reviews. The same applies to any streaming device.

Regardless, the IS-1000 Deluxe is one of the many contenders for the ‘why do you need anything more?’ award that defines top-end integrated amplifiers. Amps like the Gold Note invite difficult questions when it comes to box counting; sure, separate pre/power systems offer more power, more dynamic range, sometimes better separation, detail and so on, but do so at a price – financially, physically or operationally. In the case of the Gold Note IS-1000 Deluxe, each baby step forward in app and firmware makes the move to separates less needed.


Type: Solid-state two-channel integrated amplifier, with integrated DAC, phono stage, and network streamer

Analogue inputs: One switchable MM/MC phono input (via RCA sockets) , one single-ended line-level input (via RCA sockets), one balanced input (via XLR sockets)

Digital inputs: Three digital optical inputs (via TOSlink sockets), one digital coaxial input (via RCA socket), one USB input (type A), one ethernet (via LAN socket), wi-fi (dual band)

Analogue outputs: One line-level unbalanced (via RCA sockets), one line-level balanced (via XLR sockets)

Power Output: 125wpc @ 8 ohms 

Bandwidth: 20Hz – 20kHz

Distortion: THD </+ 0.015%, 20Hz to 20kHz; IM </+ 0.015%

Signal to Noise Ratio: 100dB

(phono stage)

Type: Solid-state, switchable MM/MC

Input Sensitivity: 3mV for full power.

Input impedance (MC): 47kOhm

Input capacitance (MM): 220pF

Output impedance: 100 ohms

Output level: 1V for 3mV input

RIAA linearity: +/- 0.1dB, 20Hz – 20kHz

Distortion: </= 0.015% THD, noise levels covered by S/N ratio specification, below

Signal to Noise Ratio: 80dB


Type: Solid-state high-resolution PCM and DSD-capable Burr-Brown digital-to-analogue converter

DAC resolution/supported digital formats: All PCM from 44.1KS/s to 192KS/s with word lengths up to 24-bit, DSD64 (2.8224MHz)

Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz, ± 0.005 dB

Distortion: (THD + Noise): <0.00015%, 20Hz–20kHz at 0dBFS

Price: £4,718 (IS-1000 Deluxe)

Manufactured by: Gold Note


Distributed in the UK by: Audio Pinnacle


Tel: +44(0)1420 544140

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