Read the forums Ayon cdp's have had reliability issues over the years.
I have about reliability issues on the older forums. I'm not looking to buy one. I just find it fascinating that the ad's are all over AG, however, you never see anyone ask, review, compare anything from that brand. People ask about Levinson, Constellation, you name it big $$ amps. The Ayons, even their upper tier are never in the conversation. I would think the amps would be a hard sell. Maybe overseas they are a big deal. Just curious
I was always wary about that company. They have over a dozen amplifiers and digital, half a dozen preamps and a speaker line. All extraordinarily expensive. Usually, a high end company specializes in one product line and makes only a couple of expensive reference products. Makes me wonder where Ayon gets all this engineering and production talent.
I've always been taken by Christiaan Punter's review (www.hifi-advice.com) of the VAIC 520 synergy with the Dali Icon 6 speakers. Not an expected pairing but apparently out of this world:
Dali Ikon 6 +VAIC Reference 520
This really is a silly combination: 400 euro speakers with 7000 euro amps (second-hand prices), but this combination really works spectacularly well. Being single ended designs without overall feedback and with little in the way of damping factor, the VAIC Ref 520’s did not drive any of the full range Apogees well, but they are really in their comfort zone with the easy to drive Dalis and now the VAICs’ SET magic really comes out. The combination sounds incredibly powerful with deep and bouncy bass, highly dynamic and direct-coupled yet free-flowing midrange and sweet sweet treble. While certainly not devoid of cabinet resonances and a bit uneven in the bass, nevertheless the humble Dalis are transformed into pure emotion transducers...
I have an Ayon Eris. It is a preamp. No complaints. It is not as silent as two other Preamps I own - a Daniel Hertz M6 and an Emm Labs Pre2. This is minor and the 'noise' when one puts one ear to the tweeter is vastly less than surface noise from even a finely fettled vinyl rig. It has 6H30 tubes and they are liquid gold. Reliability: 100% after over two years. It was a store demo so it has been operational in excess of three years.
I have happily owned an Ayon Spirit II for almost 10 years now, and it has never given me a single problem. I purchased a newer Spirit III a few years back, thinking it would be a sonic upgrade from the II, but found I preferred the sound of the Spirit II better compared to the III. I sold the III a few months later, and am still enjoying the Spirit II. It has direct RCA inputs, so it can be used with an external pre-amp if you have a good one. It looks as good as it sounds too!