purchasing used Ayre V-5xe? good purchase?

Hi All,

I have an opportunity to purchase one of these for around 2k USD, around 15 years old

currently using an anthem mca 225 gen 2 which puts out 400w at 4ohm and 600 at 2oh

I had the AX7e integrated and loved it but found that it's 120w was just not quite enough

worth trying this amp?

also, anybody know if the v-5xe is 2ohm capable?

thanks in advance


I tried this amp about 6 or 7 years ago.  It was just ok, but wasn't a game changer.  Ultimately, I continue to prefer tube amps to SS.

It’s a good purchase if you contact Ayre and they tell you it can still be serviced. 

What improvements are you looking for over the Anthem, and what sound characteristics are most important to you?

i was thinking the balanced connection to my lumin d2 giving me a fully balanced front end might enhance the overall presentation, dynamics, and clarity as well as reduce noise floor

however after a few amp swaps in the rack im starting to believe my anthem is really good and that I would need to spend alot to gain a significant upgrade

i can likely re-sell the ayre at minimul loss

I have an Ayre V1xe....a little more fuller/muscle sound.  The Ayre people are excellent and service all their stuff to brand new specs.  Be sure to use your new Ayre with balanced connections ...makes a difference.   I have all differentially balanced throughout...even the phono is xlr connected.