I would think long and hard before buying an Ayon product. I have read a good number of complaints about product failure as well as unresponsive service.
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Thank you all...you'd never glean the quality issues mention from any of the reviews of their products. I wonder if they've made strides toward improvement as they certainly seem to garner alot of praise when their amps are functioning from what I've read, which is by no means exhaustive.
Charles: You have quite the collection of tube gear; of all your amps present and recent, which are your favorites and how frequently do you swap in/out and for what reasons? Thank you!
All: I was looking at the Ayon's beyond the review in part due to their power ratings as I need reserves for dynamic passages in many styles of music I listen to and if moving from SS to tubes, I don't want to sacrifice that capability. I've heard some good sounding tube gear at friends' houses and at shows. Some of the best sounding tube gear I have heard has lower power ratings and has 'a wall...' when it comes to handling some of the big material at reasonable, but normal listening levels.
Beyond power though, everything else is still important to me to maintain with the added benefit of tube-related sound attributes....
Apologies for the "tube newbee" questions but we all have to start new sometime! Thank you all!
I just remembered something about Ayon. I heard negative comments, as well, but I think it was in reference to one of their dealers, not so much Ayon. The Cable Company sells Ayon. They're extremely reputable. I've been doing business with them since the early 90's, so I know them very well. If you call them, they should have demo units of Ayon products to send you for an in home demo. And if you don't like Ayon, they probably have other options for you to try as well.
I am quite experienced with Ayon products and can add this --- they sound very, very good. Yes, like most all tube products (especially the power amps) there are reliability issues. The main issue is the service at the one dealer (not The Cable Company) which is beyond horrible. But the products themselves are rather amazing.
I recommend the Exemplar Audio Exception integrated. Simply beautiful sounding. Very MUSICAL. I would give this a look.
I owned Ayon gear and did have issues with the Triton. When you say something they lash back like you were exaggerating the issue. The Ayon gear did sound good but not as good as they market it to be.
In addition, Ayon has raised their prices tremendously and will bring out another version in little or no time which devalues your investment.