Paul, from ayon told me that the Orion ran on pure class A. I called ayon interested in the Ecko 55se, but after he heard all about my tube amps , he suggested that a go to an all class A and try out the Orion.
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The China question has been raised before.On the rear panel of an Ayon product you will see "Austria" in print.
My understanding of international commerce is if the product is solely manufactured in the country of origin it can be labeled "Made in Austria" on the other hand if parts are imported or out sourced and returned from other countries for final assembly the label must read "Product of Austria"
By simply saying Austria............who knows.
I asked and posted that question to usatubeaudio and they assured me the orion was built in austria, but in my current audio experience , nothing that weighs that substantial with all those features go for below 4k nowadays unless there are somekind of make no money advert going. Anyways i hope your hunt is fruitfull as i am going to be an owner of the spirit 3 and hopefully that will be made in austria.
PS someone i met in shanghai recently told me there is a town in China called made in USA. i dont think he was joking.
I have the Spirit 2 , the amp is extremely well built, no mechanical issues , and very musical. Reynolds853, I'm guessing the Orion comes with Gold Lion Reissue KT88s, the Spirit 2 did; the Spirit 3 comes with Shuguang Black Treasures. The Gold Lions to my ears are better than other new issues, except the Black Treasures, I swapped in a quad and they improved the amp's musicality. Might be something to consider at some point.
Anyway, I don't think you'll be disappointed in Ayon.
Oppo , well as I was searching around for more info on ayon I came across this polish magazine company high fidelity where they tested all kinds if ayon stuff and a interview with the man himself vert. He confirmed a few things. Pub boards for all lower models come from Taiwan. That includes the Orion , sprit 3 amps and the cd 07 player. This is the only way to keep prices down. So I think that your question has been answered.
But he does state in the interview that all the ayon products from entry to top of the line all run in pure class A
I wanted to thank everyone for their responses to this thread. The guy I was helping with this decision ended up getting a Spirit-III to pair with some Quad-57 speakers. Another friend has a Spirit-1 that he paired with Silverline SR17.5 speakers in which we installed a Duelund crossover. Also, on the Spirit-1 rig, he is using Gold Lion KT-88's and Telefunken ribbed plate 12AU7s. Both systems sound quite nice!
Thanks again, everyone, for your responses!