Ayre CX-7MP2 ??
Is this new?
Is this new?
Thank guys for the feedback. Chesebert: yes the Ayre model shown is current; I spoke to Ayre Central two weeks ago AND CONFIRMED
Mrtennis. Yes it would be great to audition them SIDE BY SIDE but the Atoll I live on, Oahu, Hawaii has no high end dealerS showing EITHER prodcut. Flying to the L.A. or SF at $700 RT would be to say the least, RIDICULOUS. I MIGHT AS WELL FLIP A COIN, IT WOULD BE CHEAPER.
I haven't heard the specific players mentioned, but the 2 companies have a fairly different sound in their CD players that I have heard. Ayre gear is generally focused on a highly resolving, airy but solid sound. The Rega CDP's I've heard have a focus on a smooth sound throughout the spectrum that is less resolving than Ayre.
Obviously, I prefer the Ayre - and in terms of price, the Ayre is a better "value" in the US than Rega IMHO. But both are good.
CB, Thanks for the comments. The Ayre I indicated inthe thread is an upgraded version of your player with the obvious kudos of supposedly sounding better.
I need a smoother top end which the reviews claim the Rega Saturn delivers over the Apollo, but more resolution and air would be a plus with the Ayre. My speakers are the Acoustic Zen Adagios which are excellent and are worthy of one more upgrade to top off the tank as they say. However, I can't pay $3500, or even $2500 (I believe there was used one available for $1800 on AG, but the seller would NOT budge an inch on price) I would have about $600 in proceeds if I could sell the Apollo which is losing market value since Rega dropped the retail price
I never heard the Parsifal speakers by Fidelis, but considered their Tamino model about 6 years ago which was way down the line. Jim