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Cringeworthy? I like the honesty in that statement.
I recall hearing the V3 driving a pair of Avalon Acoustics Eidolons in the main room at the later dB Audio on Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley and commented to myself just how luscious that system sounded.
Give Ayre a call with the serial number. You can trust their suggestions. Personally, I'd have it gone through. If anything else it makes for a terrific compact back up unit or a loaner. I would not sell it.
The buzzz is gone. I followed a suggestion and coated the two large chokes with a quality epoxy and now it is dead quiet. I have been playing it in my bedroom system driving Aerial 10T speakers and a VTL 2.5 preamp. I am very happy with the overall sound and imaging. I did not realize that this amp is class A until I measured the heat it generates during operation. Using a laser thermometer I measured 141 degrees F at the center of the heat sinks. I found a Stereophile review that states it is heavily biased in class A. It is definitely a keeper. The amp in my main system also uses chokes, Musical Fidelity M6PRX, and has triple the power and barely gets warm.