Audio Video Revolution Forum

Audio Video Revolution Forum (http://www.avrev.com/forum/index.php)
-   Preamps (Audio & Video) (http://www.avrev.com/forum/preamps-audio-video-8/)
-   -   New Ayre pre-amp (http://www.avrev.com/forum/preamps-audio-video/916-new-ayre-pre-amp.html)

Silver Supra 10-20-2007 08:05 PM

New Ayre pre-amp
 
Supposedly it (KX-R) was at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fair... did anyone happen to go and
give it a listen?

This is the companion pre to the reference mono-block MX-R's. Rumored price is around $18k.

Here's a pic -

http://avcat.jp/avnews/2007/ayrekxr.jpg

JerryDelColliano 11-03-2007 01:31 PM

Re: New Ayre pre-amp
 
No offense to Ayre but they aren't Krell, Levinson, Linn or Meridian in terms of brand awareness.

How can people justify $18,000 on a stereo preamp if its not from one of the big brands but it has a BIGGER price? If you were to sell it the next day - what would you get for it? I am not saying you buy an ultra-high-end piece JUST to turn it around and sell it but knowing you invested right ALWAYS factors in to my decision about what I buy next.

JerryDelColliano 11-03-2007 01:32 PM

Re: New Ayre pre-amp
 
I am specifically going to try to go hear this setup at CES, if they are there and I see a booth or room.

For $18,000, I bet it sounds pretty damn good.

j

deacongreg 11-03-2007 02:27 PM

Re: New Ayre pre-amp
 
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.

Silver Supra 11-04-2007 09:40 AM

Re: New Ayre pre-amp
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by deacongreg (Post 5587)
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.

JerryDelColliano 11-04-2007 10:54 AM

Re: New Ayre pre-amp
 
Tell your buddy to look into the Krell Evolution amps too. Stunning. Best bass I have ever heard.


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:58 PM.


1996-2008 AVRev.com | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use


SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1