neutral. Charlie was a genius and left the place in good talented hands.
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And another vote for neutral. I just bought a KX-5 Twenty Pre-amp and it is breaking in nicely. I will add to the neutral that it does offer a warmth not usually associated with solid state. I have had a C5xe-mp CD player for years and I found it to be very analog and still enjoy it.
I must add that I traded a Audio Research Ref5se in on the Ayre and was hesitant but knew this was the direction I wanted to take my system and I am not looking back. One other thing I have noticed is the Sound stage is much deeper than I would have expected. A few issues that I didn’t see coming was the lack of a trigger due to the AyreLink and although not Ayre’s doing, the darned remote codes are the same as my Marantz AV8505 PreAmp processor, which has created some inconvenience.
Whatever was said in the deleted post I second it. It's much more informative asking for and receiving current opinions rather than relying only on old posts. Very often the purchasers of new equipment can't wait to go online and wax poetic about their new gear and then the honeymoon ends and new opinions emerge.
Whatever was said in the deleted post I second it. It’s much more informative asking for and receiving current opinions rather than relying only on old posts.
maybe true, or it could be just lazy and entitled...
if i am truly interested in a piece of gear that would be a big move and/pr require substantial expense, i would search *everything* that has been written about it... and i wouldn’t throw a hate-filled temper tantrum when an experienced member tells me that there is plenty existing commentary, already posted, that might be useful to the query
I am a huge Ayre fan. Excellent aesthetics and build quality and I consistently rate them among the best amps I would buy if I was looking. Especially with their headphone section of the DAC's. The Pono with the Ayre designed output stage was amazing.
I do think they have a kind of unique sound to them alone. They are neutral to warm and powerful but what distinguishes Ayre from every other electronics brand I've ever heard is how pitch black absolutely quiet they sound. It is as if they suck noise out off your room and music emerges from a new place in your room you didn't know existed.
So, highly recommended, but also, to my ears, quite special and unique.