Would like to hear from Ayre owners especially those who dared to venture.
We Ayre electronics owners tend to be a loyal bunch. We are happy withe the sound, function, reliability, and cosmetics of our amps and preamps. Ayre also provides a nice upgrade path and does not come out with a new model every year. I want to hear from those who have found great combinations of Ayre electronics with non-Ayre pieces. Why did you venture away from all Ayre? What were you looking for and are you pleased. I have the k5xeMP pre combined with the new VX-5 twenty amp. I'm looking to upgrade the preamp and the KX-5 twenty would be the logical next step. What other preamps, solid state or tube, combine well with the Ayre amp? If tube, I prefer balanced configurations. Besides Ayre, I am looking at PS audio, atma-sphere, allnic, LTA, decware, rogue. Budget is ~5k so probably looking at used. Thanks for your suggestions.