I would say that it is a greta amp for the price. I tried one in my home while my McIntosh was servicing my MC352 about a year ago. Unfortunately I was loand a new one and it wasn't broke in. I found it a little edgy for my system. I really do want to try one again sometime. I really like Ayre in my experience with my C5xe. I really think that if I could find a good used V1xe though. I have listened to both at a dealer and like it better. Unless I win the lotto the MX-R's are the ultimate. You need to decide whta you want for an amp. Try it in your system any good dealer will allow you that for a at least a day or two. I like the Ayre sound and the Ayre people but I live an hour from Ayre Acoustics. They seem to make thier stuff upgradeable where as most don't.
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