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Aavik S-180 Streamer

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Aavik S -180


Natural, warm and detailed

The Aavik S-180 streamer provides an audiophile dimension with a dynamic musicality and a natural sound stage.

Technologies and Components

Signal handling with out loss.
From the early concept stage of audio engineering, the Aavik streamer has been designed with a view to redefining and distinctly up-grading the audio quality of streaming network-based music. The Aavik streamer opens the gates for a dynamic musicality and a natural sound stage that features an unprecedented clarity and precision.


Power supplies


Active Tesla Coil

32-192 kHz

Sampling rate, 24 bit


Roon Ready

The aavik streamer is Roon Ready certified from Roon Labs.

Roon is a rich and engaging way to browse, organize, and listen to music. Artist photos, credits, bios, reviews, lyrics, tour dates, and composers are located automatically, then interconnected by links to build a surfable digital magazine. Roon is also a multi-room, multi-user networked audio platform, it offers features such as bit-perfect playback, DSD and PCM up sampling, multichannel support, and Signal Path display.

What does it mean to be Roon Ready?

Being Roon Ready means that Aavik Streamers transparently discover and connect to Roon without any configuration, and bit-perfect audio is delivered from Roon to the Aavik streamer. Together, Roon and Aavik deliver the power, flexibility, and performance of networked audio, with the easiest setup and highest reliability available.

About Roon Labs

Roon transforms the experience of browsing music. Artist photos, credits, bios, reviews, lyrics, tour dates, and composers are located automatically, then interconnected by links to build a surfable, searchable digital magazine about your entire music collection. Roon also links all of your personal files with the millions of tracks available on TIDAL and Qobuz, so you can start with the music you know, then explore and discover new music from the world beyond your collection. Roon runs on most Mac, Windows, and Linux PCs as a server, with an Android or iOS smartphone/tablet used as a control point. For more information and to try Roon for free visit


Scandinavian design with an international twist

The Aavik design is Scandinavian understatement and expresses simplicity and minimalism featuring only a few buttons for logical operation. The multifunctional main knob allows to navigate and control the various functions. We have boosted the self-confidence with a huge red display, which makes it easy to read all details of the selected operational settings.

A cabinet with excellent sonic qualities

The cabinet design represents a Aavik characteristic. The testing of new circuits and electronic components is often done without the enclosing cabinet. The disturbing sonic influence, which emanates from the material the cabinet is made of – mostly aluminium – results from its mechanical resonance. To eliminate this sonic distortion, the challenge was to minimize the use of aluminium in the cabinet to the absolute minimum that is unavoidable to ensure sufficient cooling. We began testing various materials and designed an innovative natural-based composite material, which reduces the mechanical influence, particularly the hysteresis. The sonic result is distinctly audible and reflects a further prominent cornerstone in Aavik’s quest for the ultimate music experience.


Built like an instrument.
Our untiring endeavour to unlock further untapped sonic potentials to advance the quality of the listener’s musical experience, prompted us to look into the design and construction of musical instruments – both in terms of shape, as well as choice of material. A combination of the natural-based composite material, the contours and the ratio of the sizes can impact and define the tone. Too much damping kills the dynamics, whereas metallic resonances generate a bright and peaky sound – Aavik’s engineered enclosure offers the best of both worlds: an authentic sound that is warm, harmonious, and powerful, yet, at the same time, so crisp and refined that it highlights every single detail in the music.


No compromise.
The decision to build separate units reflects Aavik’s intent of space management without any sonic compromise. Allowing sufficient space for each segment, has also influenced the integration of a high-grade power supply with a huge capacity and paved the way for an effective cooling design.

By separating the individual units and redesigning them in a totally isolated fashion, the Aavik series has gained in dynamic momentum and a more expansive sound.


The streamer module

Signal handling without loss.
The audio section of the streamer is clocked using two separate high precision low jitter clocks: one for 44k1 based source material, and the other for 48k. These clocks supply both the internal DAC and the S/P-DIF output. The S/P-DIF output and clock circuit are galvanically isolated from the rest of the circuit. Six separate low-noise regulated power supplies feed the different sections of the streamer.



The Aavik streaming app

Control the music from your iPad.
Enjoy the thrill of being the master of the endless music streaming universe. Choose your favorite music with the Aavik streamer and indulge yourself in the delight of an outstanding streaming-based audio performance. The Aavik app is easy to navigate and allows you to tap into your playlists and various streaming services such as Tidal, MQA, vTuner and Qobuz.



The Tesla coil principle

The principle is to have two coils that are wounded in each direction / a coil and a counter coil. In Ansuz words: “a double inverted coil” – the two coils are both carrying voltage – and when the Tesla coil encounters a voltage spike a counter spike is activated in order to eliminate the noise. As Noise spikes are pure voltage and carries virtually no charge, the cancelation is quite good, but not 100%. By adding more P-TC coils in parallel the performance increases. By implementing this the perceived blackness in the music improves significantly.

Ansuz Tesla coils are available in various types as they complement each other in terms of strengths /weaknesses.

Active Tesla coil

Effective noise killer.
The active Tesla coils are power supplied which secures a remarkable lower impedance and thus a better ability to eliminate noise. The active version is about three to four times more efficient than passive Tesla coils.

Active square Tesla coils

Impressive noise reduction.
The active square Tesla coils are embedded in our circuitry boards – one coil on the top and the counter coil on the rear side. The principle is exactly the same as the active Tesla coil and thus a great ability to eliminate noise than the passive Tesla coil.

Analog dither technology

Extended musicality.
This technology is another noise reduction technology. The technology origins from radars where it secured a stronger signal and thus a wider range. Ansuz active Tesla coils are sending pulsated signals in well-defined frequencies. These signals are sent in counter phase and thus eliminating the noise floor whereby the music signal is significantly increased.



THE VOICE OF THE NIGHTINGALE Test of the Aavik S-180 streamer - Read More

"With its beautiful music reproduction, the Aavik S-180 convincingly demonstrates how to carefully and thoughtfully get to grips with the manifold sources of interference and noise in digital music reproduction. This digital noise, caused by complex networks, can be effectively overcome, as the example shows - even if the chemistry and alchemy behind it is not always served in a comprehensible way. The Aavik S-180 is very convincing with a few restrictions and is also not off the mark in terms of price/performance. The device is very nicely finished and thus also suitable for the atmospheric ambience - and not only for the ‘martial’ HiFi rack." - Christian Wenger


Aavik I-180 and S-180 - Read More

"An incredibly good system with an amplifier that can bring any speaker to life. This is not only a question of muscle power, however, as there is enough finesse to satisfy the vast majority. Warmly recommended. " - Roy Ervin Solstad

Aavik Acoustics I-180 Integrated Amplifier, D-180 DAC, And S-180 Streamer / Network Player Review - Read More

"There are three series currently available from Aavik: 180, 280 and 580. Aavik claims that they are very similar, but where they differ is the amount of built-in Ansuz noise-canceling technology. I've been told that Michael Børresen, who is in charge of design and development at Aavik, has started an "all-out war on noise". Every one of his products does something to minimize noise whether it's mechanical or electrical. The difference between the 180 to the 280 series is that the 280 gets more Tesla coils and as a result, there is more of Ansuz noise-canceling technology. The 580 series adds a copper chassis and some other premiums, but the heart of the product remains the same. This makes the 180 series an incredible value at $7200 per component.

I highly recommend any of these three Aavik components. My recommendation takes a giant step higher if these components are used together, not only because even a stack of only two of them looks so impressive, but because they seem to form a symbiotic sonic relationship.

What is also amazing is that these Aavik components reviewed here are at the bottom of Aavik's three quality levels; for example, the I-180 is also offered as the I-280 and the I-580. It boggles the mind how good those components higher up in the Aavik product line must sound, and therefore, I can also recommend them. I doubt that the I-180 integrated amplifier, the D-180 digital-to-analog converter, and the S-180 streamer/network player can be bettered by any others that are anywhere their price." - Tom Lyle

Aavik S-180 and D-180 - Read More

"I enjoyed the Aavik S-180 and D-180 combination a lot, the control app is reliable and consistent and the sound quality that the pairing produce is revealing and engaging in equal amounts. The character is more relaxed than competing examples in this price range and that means you can turn it up as loud as you like without fear of the mid or treble hardening up. There may not be as much noise killing going on in the entry level Aaviks but the result suggests that there’s more than many alternatives apply. The non metallic boxes probably help here too, having electronics surrounded by thick slabs of aluminium might make it look serious but if you want to get closer to the sound the Aavik approach is hard to beat. " - Jason Kennedy

Aavik S-180 - Read More

"The more I thought about that brawl, the more it seemed fundamentally similar to the fairly recent fight between Ansuz D-TC Supreme and Boenicke Audio M3 power cords. The far costlier former cable came on top then just as the Innuos now, but Sven Boenicke’s product still struck me as a stunner and so did the S-180. Without my ongoing exposure to the Statement’s gearing for fast laps I would’ve easily labeled Aavik’s introductory streamer as exceptionally speedy, slamming and enjoyably brutal. I’m also certain that most listeners will perceive it as such. A massive comfy SUV with a 6.4l engine that pulls 500hp to the wheels still is an impressive ride outside the track and today’s hardware in a nutshell. This accomplished effort ain’t no family hauler meant for cruising speeds, not any close. It did truly well on all fronts, was a joy to use and punched above its retail price that rather conservatively reflects what it is. Considering how sorted it turned out to be, it’s exciting to think what its makers did higher up, but that’s a story for another time." - Dawid Grzyb


Streamer Technology Table

  Aavik S-180 Aavik S-280 Aavik S-580
Active Tesla coil 36 72 108
Active square Tesla coils 92 164 236
Dither Circuitry 3 6 9
Aavik Copper Inner Cha… *



Network: 1 Ethernet LAN
USB: 2 USB 2.0
Max. capacity 2 TB
S/P DIF (32 – 192 k-samples, 24 bit): 1 x BNC
Optical (32 – 192 k-samples, 24 bit): 1 x Toslink
Line output: 1 x RCA

Streamer Section

DLNA: 1.5
UPnP: AV 1.0

Aavik Noise Reduction

Active Tesla Coils:
Active Square Tesla Coils:

Power consumption


Dimensions and Weight

L x W x H:
400 x 384 x 102 mm
15 3/4 x 15 1/8 x 4 1/64 inch
5.2 kg
11 lbs