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"Ayre Acoustics introduces the brand new 8 Series Components. The 8 series will fit into their product range below the new 5 series, taking the place of the discontinued 9 and 7 series and the older 5 series products. The price range of the 8 series is planned to be between $2,500 - $8,000 US Retail.
The first two products which are showing in Munich are the AX-8 integrated amplifier (with digital inputs including streaming) and the QX-8 digital hub (also with streaming) and like all Ayre components, they will be hand-built in Boulder, CO".
I also found this post on the Internet but its accuracy is unknown:
"The nearly identical-looking Ayre AX-8 integrated amplifier ($7,500) takes the QX-8 feature set and adds an all-in-one digital and amplification solution".
I need better pictures of the Ayre AX-8 in order to comment on the case work. It is possible we are seeing a very early case prototype.
I am hoping to get more information at the Los Angeles Audio Show.
It's a bit odd that you'd happen to post this now.
Nice of you to chime in at this opportune time.
That sounds like a bad business decision. Reminds me of when the industry was trying to push SACDs that wouldn't play regular CDs.
You start making an amp that is too specific then you are just cutting out market share out of your OWN sales.
All I want is an $8000 amp that uses only the iPhone as a source. Now that's class!
Well, I'm not sure what the price will be for the AX-8 but it looks like a nearly ideal space saving 'combo device' that I wouldn't mind having in my office setup.
With 3 traditional analog inputs (including one balanced pair) as well as 6 digital inputs, and the ability stream Qubuz, Spotify, and Tidal via Ethernet, it looks like you get a quality amp, DAC, and streamer in one neat package. I'm not sure if it's also Roon-ready.
The Ayre AX-7e was one of the very few solid-state integrated amps that I really like.... and I've compared several others. I'm listening to it as I type this post. I wonder how the new AX-8 will sound.
My office Ayre AX-7e
Abe, What are the two small boxes to the immediate left of the iPAD?
I also have the Ayre AX-7e integrated amp and the Codex DAC in my two channel home theater system. I am looking at either the Rotel RA-1592 integrated vs Parasound Halo Integrated amp to replace my 11 year old Are AX-7e integrated amplifier. Our 2-channel home theatre system is very simple since we only have the one LG OLED TV, TiVo cable box and one integrated amplifier. My speakers are the 12L Speaker.
The new Ayre AX-8 integrated amplifier looks very interesting but $7,500 is too expensive for my home theatre system since my only source is the LG OLED 4K TV.
Hmm, $7500 is a bit steep but if it has good DAC combined with a good amp I could almost justify the price..... maybe discounted or used.
The devices to the left of the iPad are my Mac Mini and older MyTek DAC. Here's a picture of all three together:
"$7500 is a bit steep"
I'm guessing it will sound better than an AX-7/QB-9 combo, has more power and features. I'm not a fan of the look but think this is a smart product by Ayre and at a very good price for the SQ that is likely delivered.
I'm not so wild about the looks either, but I really hated the Lucky Charms icons on the AX-7's buttons. Seems to be priced about the same as a similarly appointed Vinnie Rossi Lio. I'd be curious to hear opinions on the AX-8 once people get a chance to hear it.
So they're dropping analog inputs? Maybe, I see one, but I wonder about that. What if one has an old reel-to-reel lying around?
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