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“It’s all very well filling your hi-fi rack with numerous separates, but there comes a time when space becomes a premium, when one box is so much more desirable than four or five. And that’s where Gold Note’s superb IS-1000 comes in.

Described as the “complete all-in-one super integrated”, this quite phenomenal box of tricks neatly bridges the gap between a traditional integrated amplifier and a networked music streamer. At its heart, the IS-1000 is an integrated amplifier with a Class A/B output section capable of a 2x 125W into 8ohm (doubling to 250W into 4ohm loads). The impressive connectivity, meanwhile, reads like a who’s who of inputs and outputs that really matter right now, comprising three analogue inputs (one via XLR and two using RCA phonos – one of which can be used as a switchable MM/MC phono stage input) and digital inputs including a coaxial and three optical inputs supporting sample rates up to 24-bit/ 192kHz. A USB Type-A port similarly supports the same 24/192 PCM file types as well as up to DSD64.

Cat that got the stream
Not content with being a hi-fi hub for all of your audio sources, the IS-1000 also includes a streaming module that can connect to your network via wi-fi or wired using an Ethernet port. Supported streaming services include Tidal, Qobuz, Deezer and Spotify, while internet radio (via iTuner) and AirPlay protocol is also on hand and is Roon ready too.”