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ELAC Discovery Series DS-A101-G

Integrated amp and network music player with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth®, and Dolby® Digital decoding

Item # 970DSA101G

This amp/streamer can be the centerpiece of your home audio system, deftly handling music and TV soundtracks.

This amp/streamer can be the centerpiece of your home audio system, deftly handling music and TV soundtracks.

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About the ELAC Discovery Series DS-A101-G

A compact amplifier that's packed with versatility

ELAC's DS-A101-G powers a pair of speakers and has analog and digital inputs for connecting traditional audio components. It's also a network music player with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for streaming from a wide variety of sources. And its built-in 2.1-channel Dolby Digital decoding means you can connect your TV or game console for more involving soundtrack audio. 

A compact amplifier that's packed with versatility

ELAC DS-A101-G Integrated Amp and Network Music Player

ELAC's DS-A101-G powers a pair of speakers, streams music wirelessly, and even plays sound from your TV.

ELAC's DS-A101-G powers a pair of speakers and has analog and digital inputs for connecting traditional audio components. It's also a network music player with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for streaming from a wide variety of sources. And its built-in 2.1-channel Dolby Digital decoding means you can connect your TV or game console for more involving soundtrack audio. 

Flexible analog and digital connections 

There are plenty of inputs for building your system. Connect a turntable with a phono preamp using one of the two analog inputs. Hook up a CD player or separate DAC via the coaxial digital input. Use the Toslink optical digital input for your TV. A mono subwoofer output lets you connect a powered sub of choice to give soundtracks and music extra bass punch. An RCA analog preamp output even lets you connect a more powerful amp down the road.

Control it with a phone app

Download ELAC's dedicated mobile app and use your smartphone as a remote. You get basic controls like volume and source selection, as well as more advanced settings that let you customize your system. The app's built-in auto EQ feature uses the mic in your phone to adjust for your room's acoustics.

You can also control the amp using its front panel volume knob and input selector button, or the included IR remote.

Ultra-efficient BASH® amplification

The core of the DS-A101G is its BASH Tracking Amplifier, which can deliver up to 40 watts per channel of continuous power. Its efficient design tracks the incoming audio signal and optimizes the output in real time — down to microseconds — to accommodate what you're playing at any given moment.


Product highlights:

  • 40 watts x 2 into 8 ohms (1 kHz) at .03% THD
    • 80 watts x 2 into 4 ohms
    • 70 watts x 2 into 2 ohms
  • network music streaming over Wi-Fi
  • works with Spotify® Connect, Apple AirPlay®, and Roon streaming platforms
  • plays music files from computers and hard drives on your home network
  • streams via Bluetooth 4.0 from compatible devices
  • built-in Dolby Digital 2.1-channel decoding for clear sound with TV, movie, and game soundtracks
  • control with the free ELAC DS-A101-G app for Apple® and Android™ devices
    • Auto Blend and Auto EQ use your smartphone's microphone for room calibration
    • additional DSP settings control bass, treble, subwoofer volume, balance, and more
  • included IR remote controls volume, input, and track transport
  • front panel volume knob and input select button
  • two analog stereo RCA inputs
  • two digital inputs (accept up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution)
    • one coaxial
    • one Toslink optical
  • stereo RCA preamp output
  • mono RCA subwoofer output
  • five-way binding posts for connecting a pair of speakers
  • Ethernet port for a wired network connection
Other specifications:
  • signal to noise ratio: 101 dB
  • frequency response: 20-40,000 Hz (±1.8 dB)
  • 8-7/16"W x 2-1/2"H x 13-5/8"D
  • weight: 4.8 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # DSA101G

What's in the box:

  • Integrated amplifier
  • 4' AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 4 Banana-connectors
  • Operating Instructions

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Features & specs

Performance Specs
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms) 40
Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms) Not given
Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms) 80
Frequency Bandwidth 1k
THD 0.03%
Minimum Impedance 2 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 101
DAC Bit Depth 24-bit
DAC Sample Rate 192 kHz
Digital Music Features
Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) Yes
Bluetooth Built-in 4.0
Wi-Fi 802.11n
Total Analog Inputs 2
Phono Input No
Optical Digital Inputs 1
Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
USB Input No
Preamp Outputs Stereo RCA
Pre-out/Main-in Loop No
Headphone Output No
Removable Power Cord IEC 3-prong
Streaming Compatibility
Apple AirPlay Yes
Apple AirPlay 2 No
DTS Play-Fi No
Chromecast built-in No
Roon Ready
BluOS No
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (inches) 8-7/16
Height (inches) 2-1/2
Depth (inches) 13-5/8
Weight (pounds) 4.8
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Audio Section
Network Integration
Intuitive Control

Audio Section

BASH Digital Fidelity Tracking Amplifier: The Elac Discovery Series DS-A101-G features a brand new BASH Tracking Amplifier that delivers instantaneous, dynamic power. This new amplifier uses a modulated switched mode power supply with a conventional class AB amplifier. Switching at more than 400,000 times per second, the supply tracks the incoming audio signal to ensure that the Class AB amplifier gets only the voltage necessary (with a little headroom) to cope with today's dynamic movie and music content, thus maximizing the efficiency and potential of the integrated amplifier.

  • 8-Ohm Power Rating: 40 watts x 2 channels @ 1kHz with .03% THD
  • 4-Ohm Power Rating: 80 watts x 2 channels @ 1kHz with .07% THD
  • 2-Ohm Power Rating: 70 watts x 2 channels @ 1kHz with .1% THD

ABC (Auto Blend & Calibrate): Through the use of the free DS-A101-G App (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 5.0+), the integrated amp's Auto Blend & Calibrate feature measures the near-field response of main speakers and subwoofer, then pinpoints the subwoofer's optimal crossover frequency. Using your compatible mobile device's microphone, ABC measures the near-field response of both the main speakers and subwoofer. Elac's own proprietary algorithm then adjusts the low-pass filter to obtain optimal blending between the subwoofer and main speakers, while Auto EQ minimizes the effects of the rooms acoustics allowing you to hear the sound the designer intended. The Room Calibration portion precisely tailors your system for flattest frequency response across the audio spectrum, optimized for your listening position and environment; while Auto Blend delivers the perfect integration of clean and articulate bass to your speaker system.

Loudness: Instead of the standard fixed boost of bass and treble, the DS-A101-G's Loudness compensation feature allows you to tailor the loudness level to your preference.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Elac DS-A101-G features built-in Bluetooth 4.0 with support for wireless audio streaming (A2DP) and control (AVRCP). You'll be able to stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content from your Bluetooth enabled smartphone, tablet, desktop computer, or laptop to the DS-A101-G integrated amplifier. You'll also be able to control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) from the included IR remote control (advanced music browsing will still need to be done from your Bluetooth source device). The DS-A101-G does not display song/artist/album information. You can pair multiple devices with the Elac DS-A101-G, but only one device can be used for playback at a time.

Analog Audio Inputs: The DS-A101-G integrated amplifier is equipped with two sets of stereo analog audio RCA inputs for connection of an analog line-level audio source.

Note: The DS-A101-G is not equipped with a dedicated Phono input. If you are planning to cut a turntable to the integrated amplifier, you will need an external Phono preamp (sold separately) or a turntable with a built-in phono preamp.

Optical & Coaxial Digital Inputs: The Elac Discovery Series DS-A101-G is outfitted with a optical (toslink) digital input and a coaxial (RCA) digital input that support 2ch stereo PCM and 2.1ch Dolby Digital, up to 24-bit/192kHz.

Banana Post Speaker Outputs: The Discovery Series DS-A101-G is equipped with a set of banana post speaker outputs and comes with four banana plugs to connect your speaker wire and a single pair of loudspeakers (rated at 8-ohm or 4-ohm). You must attach the included banana plugs to your speaker wire or use speaker wire that is already terminated by banana plugs. The banana post do not except bare wire, pin-connectors or spade-lugs.

Stereo Preout: The Elac DS-A101-G features an analog stereo RCA preout that allows you to connect the integrated amp to a larger power amplifier and use the DS-A101-G as a preamplifier.

Subwoofer Output: The DS-A101-G integrated amplifier is equipped with a mono-RCA subwoofer output for connecting a powered subwoofer (sold separately). You can control subwoofer level and low-pass crossover within the DS-A101-G app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android OS device.

Network Integration

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Elac Discovery Series DS-A101-G offers a wired (Ethernet) or wireless (WiFi) network connection to your router and ISP (internet service provider) to give you access to AirPlay, Spotify Connect, DLNA, and Roon. The integrated amp is fitted with a RJ-45 Ethernet (LAN) jack and features built-in WiFi (2.4GHz/802.11n). The free DS-A101-G App (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 5.0+) is required to setup a wireless WiFi network connection.

AirPlay: The Elac DS-A101-G supports Apple AirPlay. Apple AirPlay allows you to wirelessly stream your iTunes music library from your Mac computer, Windows PC or Apple iOS device to the ELAC integrated amplifier. You can also wirelessly stream music apps from your Apple iOS device to the DS-A101-G integrated amp. Your Apple iOS device must be running 4.3.3 or better, and your iTunes music software must be running 10.2.2 or better.

Note: The DS-A101-G does not support AirPlay 2.

Spotify Connect: The integration of Spotify Connect will enable Spotify Premium users to instantly select and wirelessly stream music to the Elac Discovery Series DS-A101-G from within the Spotify app (Apple iOS or Android). Subscription & fees will apply.

DLNA Certified: The Elac DS-A101-G is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified for audio networking. This means you can access and enjoy your digital music libraries stored on your Windows PC, as well as other DLNA compliant servers and NAS drives. The DS-A101-G is compatible with compressed and Hi-Res music files, up to 24-bit/192kHz. Compatible music files include MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG, ALAC, AIFF, WAV, and FLAC. It can recognize up to 30,000 music tracks.

Roon Ready: Roon is a feature rich music library and playback application that compiles all the music files available to your network and makes them easily available to play across the Elac Discovery Series DS-A101-G and other Roon enabled audio devices. Roon manages digital music files (including FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC, and DSD) collected on hard drives and networked storage. It can also access your iTunes library, and optionally integrate with the Tidal and Qobuz music streaming services. Roon is available for mobile, laptop or desktop devices. When you open the Roon app, it will display your complete audio library together with its metadata and artwork along with the Elac DS-A101-G and all other Roon enabled devices. Simply select the music you wish to play and the DS-A101-G or Roon device in which you want to hear it on.

Note: To use Roon you will need a Roon Core running on the same network as the Elac Discovery Series DS-A101-G integrated amplifier. The Core is media server software that runs on your computer, NAS, or player (sold separately) located on the network within your home.

Intuitive Control

OEL Display: The Elac Discovery Series DS-A101-G features a front-panel OEL (Organic Electro-Luminescence) display that indicates sources input, volume level, and mute. The front-panel display does not support song/artist/album information. The display's brightness can be adjusted within the DS-A101G app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android OS device.

Front-Panel Controls: On the front-panel of the DS-A101-G is a Power button, Source Input button, and a rotary Volume knob.

Remote Control: The included IR remote provides wireless control of the DS-A101-G integrated amplifier, as well as playback control of a connected Bluetooth source device. Control functions include Power, Source, Volume and Mute; as well as Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track for a paired Bluetooth source device. A Remote Learning function within the DS-A101-G app (for Apple iOS and Android OS) allows the integrated amp to learn IR commands from other remote controls. This can simplify user control by teaching the amp commands from another remote, such as a TV remote, so that remote can be used to control the TV, Elac integrated amp and other devices if capable.

DS-A101-G App: The free DS-A101-G App (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 5.0+) is a two-way setup app that connects to the integrated amp via Bluetooth Low Energy (LE). App setup features include: Source Select, Master Volume, Offset (individual source) Volume, Source Naming, Bass & Treble, Sub Volume, Balance, Auto Blend, IR Remote learning and Screen Brightness.

  • Volume Control: The Master Volume sets the amplifier output volume. It affects the output to the speakers and sub (if used). The Sub Volume only affects the output of a connected power subwoofer. The Offset Volume sets the output of each connected source relative to the other sources. This allows adjusting the source levels so when switching from one source to another, one won’t be very loud and another very soft.
  • Tone Controls: Within the app, you can adjust the integrated amp's Bass (+/-12dB), Treble (+/-12dB), and Balance (+/-100).
  • Input Rename: You can easily rename each input to match your playback source. The revised name will appear in the app and on the integrated amplifier's front panel display.

Firmware Updates: Periodically visit to check for firmware updates to assure the Elac integrated amplifier has all current feature and performance updates.

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