Originally Posted by deacongreg
Well, we do know that their CD players are well respected. Their amplifiers (I`ve hear none of them) are rumored to be very good also. The mono-blocks Silver is talking about. So, I guess from where Ayre stands, they are trying to make a name for themselves.
Like everything else, time will tell.
A friend of mine has a very nice system comprised of a Meridian 861, Rockport speakers, Ayre V1-Xe source, and MX-R amps (which I'm sure Greg is referring to). I have to say that it's very impressive.
He borrowed my ARC LS26 pre and is now looking to add a dedicated pre. The KX-R is one of the pre's he is going to audition - I'll let you know when/if I get to hear it - and I will be surprised if he doesn't end up owning it as he is a fan of the Ayre house sound.
I do agree that Ayre doesn't have the cache of some of the other big names - but in my experience it does have the performance to go head to head with them and is gaining quite a following.
Personally, I'd love to have a pair of MX-R's in my room.