Originally Posted by Charles Hansen
The difficulty is that the video industry in particular is driven by a model of planned obsolescence. Video products tend to be introduced with a one-year life cycle, while Ayre requires three to five years to recoup the R&D investments needed to optimize any new technology. I don't personally see a good solution.
That's also my take regarding the driving force behind the video industry today--"planned obsolescence." First HD was thrust upon us with 1080. Then 3D came along as a planned game changer. When that failed, now UHD and HDR has taken over and it's still in it's infancy. When we buy new video gear, it is for all practical purposes obsolete the day that we bring it home. Who would blame Ayre for getting out of video and now we have first hand information as to why from you.
I never had the chance to experience the DX-5 for either video or audio, but did own the marvelous Ayre C5-exMP SACD player and now have the excellent QX-5 DAC as my main digital source.
A/V SYSTEM: Sony Z9D 75" LCD main, LG EF9500 OLED, Anthem 525 5.1 channel amp, Anthem AVM 60 processor, ProAc D80 L+R, ProAc Response CC, AT surround Speakers, SVS SB12+ Sub, Oppo 203 and OPPO 103 BluRay players, TiVo Bolt, PS Audio P10 power plant, Auralex room treatments, black out curtains.
2 CHANNEL: Aurender N10 music server, Ayre QX-5 & PSAudio DS DACs, PS Audio DMP tranport, ARC Ref6 preamp, ARC Ref75SE or Ayre VX-5 20 amps, Sonus Faber Amati Futura speakers.