I had the Ayre V5xe and also the Halo JC-1s. I think the JC-1s are better. They are more powerful and sound more relaxed and enjoyable. I didn't care so much for the Ayre amp, but I do love the Ayre K1x preamp. To sum it up I hear the JC-1s as being more relaxed sounding but at the same time more dynamic. They ought to be since it's 150 watts vs 400 with the JC-1s. I was comparing them on rather power hungry speakers but all in all the V5xe amp never really floated my boat, though I do love the other Ayre products and the company as a whole could not be better to deal with. Parasound I don't find particularly good to deal with compared with Ayre.
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