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Ayre recommended Cardas to me.  As a matter of fact, Ayre cables are actually Cardas manufactured and just a bit different from the branded cables.   To ME, the Cardas sounded awfulI’ve been using Cardas in my Ayre system for years and have been s... 
Thiel Owners
@snbeall Remembered I wrote this post:https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/thiel-owners-2/post?highlight=Summarize%2Bclarity&postid=... 
Thiel Owners
@snbeall I don’t think there is any single page or post that summarizes what I did or why. Relevant posts begin January or February, 2018. I made my final changes about one year later. So, look at pages within that interval, especially posts by To... 
Thiel Owners
@snbeall Finding a stereo pair of Thiel subs with the appropriate crossover is a tall order. And, yes, lack of amp service is an issue (I think Rob Gillum only services speakers). Finally, the Vandersteen room correction is very appealing (althoug... 
Thiel Owners
 similar to the improvements in beetlemania's 2.4 upgrade. Two years later, I remain of the opinion that these are my last speakers. Compared to the very be$$$t speakers/systems I’ve heard, the list of faults is short:1) no audible output below ~3... 
Thiel CS1.6 Has anyone ever substituted a new woofer for the original?
Is that $500 what Rob Gillum would charge? That does seem steep. But it seems a tall order to take an off-the-shelf woofer and replace Thiel’s in-house driver. Namely, that opens a can of worms around the crossover. I think you have to bite the bu... 
Ayre AX5 Twenty
The original AX-5 was a fine amp. The Twenty version sounds even better (it’s in my top 5 ever heard) while being much more tolerant of difficult speakers. Anyone looking at the AX-5 should either get the Twenty version or plan to have an original... 
Ayre AX5 Twenty
Here are measurements for the Ayre AX-5 Twenty. https://www.hifinews.com/content/ayre-ax-5-twenty-integrated-amplifier-lab-reportThat’s plenty of power for all but a handful of speakers and preferences. Of course, it’s always best to listen in you... 
The Most "Analog" CD Player?
Oh my word...I guess some posters never opened the op's linkLOL. Gotta say most manufacturers don’t give you a 12” transport in their CDP. 
Thiel Owners
@thoft I think V-1s were in the range $8-9k when new, depending on the version. So you might find one for about $4k or less? I think Ayre stopped making them shortly after the MX-R was introduced ~15 years ago. But I’ll bet they will still upgrade... 
Thiel Owners
@jafant I thought you already had a Twenty version? 
Thiel Owners
I have bragged about those yellow caps as state of the art, and they were in their dayOh, no! Time to remove the radiator again? Lol I do occasionally wonder about different bypass caps on the CSA coax feeds. We went with Multicaps but, in hindsig... 
Thiel Owners
Ayre power amps are also a great match with Thiel100My AX-5 Twenty and CS2.4s are singing. Years ago I ran a pair of CS1.6 with the AX-7. Also nice other than I yearned for more bass. And my only experience with the CS7.2 was paired with, I think,... 
New DAC, Ayre QX-5 vs Moon 680D, suggestions?
Yes, QB-9 has a single USB input. I had mine upgraded to the Twenty version and am super happy, no longer trying to figure out how to afford a QX-5. I use Roon via a NUC to stream Qobuz and play my collection. The only time I wish for a second inp... 
Speakers for Ayre AX-7e
Small footprint with bass is a tall order! I had an AX-7 for about 15 years. Drove three speakers with them: B&W DM12 monitors, Thiel CS1.6, Vandersteen 2Ce Sig II. Thiels and Vandies are far better than those old B&Ws. The Thiels probably...