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See Ayre QB-9 Twenty Upgrade Announcement
Anyone heard this yet? Reports starting to come in now (link). 
Can an IC based amp be considered 'high end'?
Opposing perspectives here 
Thiel Owners
Soundstage (NRC lab) measures speakers at 2 m - 79”. Their CS2.4 frequency response looks *much* better than that measured by Stereophile. In fact, the 2.4 has the flattest measured response of any in their database (actually, there is a Magico mo... 
See Ayre QB-9 Twenty Upgrade Announcement
I have an a QB-9 that was the "second generation" (first generation only went to 24/96 files, mine could handle 24/192) and had it upgraded to "DSD". I don't hear any hum regardless of how close I get to the unit. I'm also running a stock NUC as a... 
Thiel Owners
@cascadesphil Have you tried the rack on a side wall (maybe with amp on the floor between the speakers) or pulling the speakers more into the room, away from the rack?Could make a difference in imaging. 
Universal disc players
Relevant thread here from Ayre's Ryan Berry. Sounds like Ayre no longer has a supply of laser assemblies for the C-5 but *does* have them for the DX-5. 
Thiel Owners
I posted a long version answer perhaps a year ago on this thread. Almost *exactly* one year ago (link) 
Ayre QB9 Twenty Upgrade
Ayre implements the filters in a Xilinx FPGA, which provides the necessary horsepower. In an e-mail, Hansen told me that, during the development of Ayre's digital products, "We have custom filters whereby we can load whatever coefficients we w... 
Ayre QB9 Twenty Upgrade
Filter settings are "Listen" and "Measure". Ayre recommends Listen for listening, Measure if you are a reviewer testing the unit on the bench (the Listen filter has better time-domain performance but rolls off the highs). I'm pretty sure the filte... 
Ayre QB9 Twenty Upgrade
I’m in the queue for this upgrade. I have no doubt it will be worth it. I’m a long-time Ayre owner and previously had my AX-7 upgraded to AX-7e and my CX-7 upgraded to CX-7e MP. Both were notable and worthwhile sonically. I've been lusting after t... 
Thiel Owners
Probably several hundred pairs of CS1.6 out there but, I would guess, not many 1.7. I had an early pair of 1.6 (2002) and I think the serial number was in the 200s. I could ask the man I sold them to.  
Thiel Owners
I'm looking for a pair of 3.5s as well as 1.5s. @tomthiel Hifishark (https://www.hifishark.com/) might be the "best" one-stop online source to check. They appear to be an amalgam of eBay, US Audio Mart, TMR, and other worldwide sources. You can ... 
Do we really need anything greater than 24/96? Opinions?
16/44.1 can be amazing. Agreed, @brainlucey 24/44.1 is all any human can hear IF done well. Perhaps, but Charles Hansen noted that 4X sample rates greatly free filter options for playback.Thanks for your post. I am still SMH at the Computer A... 
Thiel Owners
I suggest adding the second pair of posts when modding the XO. Beetle may chime in - he looked in to that with his 2.4 upgrade. My experience with bi-wireable Vandersteens led me to explore this option with my CS2.4s and Tom Thiel encouraged me t... 
Thiel Owners
@bighempin I would desolder. Note that Thiel used unleaded solder which has a higher melting point. Your iron/gun should be at least 140 watts. Speaker should be on its back so that the driver can’t fall out and prevents solder from dripping onto ...