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Ayre Acoustics 8 Series @ Munich High-End 2018

By | May 15th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Fully balanced circuits with all discrete components and zero negative feedback. 1-2-3. These are the design fundamentals with which a revitalised Ayre Acoustics not only honour the legacy of the late Charley Hansen but maintain the brand’s reputation for exceedingly refined-sounding electronics. We visited Ayre’s Colorado factory at the end of 2016.

That same three-pronged design philosophy has since made its way into Ayre’s more affordable 8 Series of products but with a twist: modularity. The QX8 digital hub comes with options for streaming; the KX8 analogue pre-amplifier with options for D/A conversion and streaming; and a 100wpc power amplifier to power loudspeakers.… Read the full article

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Looking through solid Ayre: QX-5 Twenty internals & factory tour

By | December 15th, 2016|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

In converting even a small portion of the mass market over to hi-res audio, Neil Young’s Pono Player was a failure. Perhaps Young’s sales pitch would have been more effective had it focused on how the Toblerone-shaped device could improve the sound quality of Redbook FLAC and even MP3 – music we own already and don’t have to buy anew.

No matter how good it sounded, hawking a hardware device predicated on downloads (and CD rips) just as the mass market shifted to streaming was always going to be a tough sell.

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Ayre Acoustics and Brinkmann Smarten-Up Wilson – RMAF 2016

By | October 12th, 2016|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

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There are a number of hifi manufacturers that you can always count on for outstanding reproduction of the analog signal path, but usually not regardless of ancillary gear. A system must work well together, and I think many a burgeoning audiophile makes the amateur mistake of buying components one-off without really analyzing, consulting, or understanding how important system synergy, or its Gestalt, is to a traditional two-channel hifi.

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Brinkmann Audio and Ayre Acoustics are two of my favorite companies in their respective fields.… Read the full article

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