Re: Ayre DX-5 at $10,000 is a rebadged $500 OPPO.
I've pointed charles towards this thread. Ayre is most definitely a serious company and I'm sure as soon as the units are IN PRODUCTION (as they aren't yet) then audioholics will be able to test a unit.
I'm not sure how one listens with their eyes. I listen with my ears. When I first heard the DX5 I didn't even know that's what I was listening too because the gear was stuffed in the corner and surrounded by people. I didn't even know Ayre had produced it or anything about it. I just sat and listened to music... and it sounded so good I asked afterwards what player they were using... if it was a new R series player because it sounded better than anything they'd produced before... and yes, it sounds better than the SE who's DACs you seem to be stuck on.
You never did answer my question.... if you've ever actually listened to either piece of equipment.