Originally Posted by Charles Hansen
. I think we are on the fourth Ayre version, and we finally shipping!
Wow what a great and informative thread. I discovered it about a week ago, and had to wait till I just finished reading it, to learn whether or not you're shipping. Charles, you are a very patient man. I appreciate it so much when the heads of companies such as yours keep an active dialog going for so long with so many posters.
Congrats on the release of your new player. It is on my dream list for sure. If it didn't mean also buying a new processor that has HDMI audio in, and sooner rather than later a 2ch preamp as well, and a 2ch separate amp, I'd be seriously looking at it now.
Currently, I'm running a Denon 5910 into a Parasound Halo P7 analog mch pre amp, for video and audio, plus a Dish Net DVR optical out into a Nuforce AVP17 and then analog outs through the Halo bypass for TV. Has to be an all in one system for now.
Could get away with replacing the Halo and the nuforce with something like a Marantz prepro for now, just to get the Ayre into the system, and add a 2ch preamp later, and upgrade the prepro when someone implements the ARC circuit.
At any rate, I was excited because I have been thinking of upgrading to a better 2ch solution and adding computer audio. Two of the products I was most interested in were the C-5xe mp and the QB-9. To discover that you've built a single unit that is better than either and also can do multichannel movies was an eye opener for me. Now I won't have to wait till I can dedicate (read: build) a separate room to 2ch audio, and keep it in just one system. (Hmmmmm.... thereby "saving" thousands of dollars and justifying the cost of the DX-5. Yeah--that's the ticket! I'm actually saving money, who knew?)
Anyway, thanks again for the great thread, and your greater patience with people like me, who have bigger dreams than wallets. I just may do it anyway.
Good luck with your new player.