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post #1561 of 1566 Old 03-27-2017, 04:59 PM
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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.

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Hi Bob,

Glad you are enjoying your Ayre QX-5 Twenty DAC. That is a really special unit, and the entire team is extremely proud of it.

You are right about the non-stop carousel that the video cartel has in store for us. They aren't stopping with UHD or HDR. Soon will be HDMI 2.1, and the entire cycle begins again. Unfortunately I really don't see an end - or even a pause.

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The Beveridge website still appears to be active:

The letters in RM-3 stand for Roger Modjeski, who still makes tube amps:

You may be able to find resources there. A ported loudspeaker such as the KEF LS50 will have a 4th-order rolloff at the low end. This normally will create its own natural acoustic crossover. The subwoofer should be used to augment below the limits of the main speakers. The chief reason to add a high-pass filter to the main speaker is to reduce the power sent to the small woofer, in an attempt to reduce distortion and/or power dissipation. This is normally only a problem if you are playing the system extremely loud. Creating a high-pass filter for the main speakers is a complex engineering project in itself. In addition, any extra electronics in the signal path of the main speaker will be quite noticeable. As long as you are not hosting large dance parties, you should be in good shape.

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Hi Charles,

First off let me say that while I have never owned Ayre equipment I have always been impressed by the designs and enjoy listening to Ayre systems at the audio shows. Don has been a friend of mine since my days in Santa Barbara and I have known Roger Modjeski since then and now work with him up in the Bay Area. He was the Chief Designer for Beveridge electronics, including the amplifiers that powered those ESLs you heard, as well as the Beveridge RM 1 & 2 (12 tube preamp with separate power supply).

Your comments on the Beveridge speakers are very much appreciated. The "Beveridge Lens" made them unlike any other ESL and even today many ESL manufacturers cannot achieve the dispersion characteristics of Beveridge ESLs. It made them sound so realistic and three dimensional.

Today I use Quad ESL 57s in a biamp setup with an RM-3, where the low pass (4th order Linkwitz/Riley, 100 Hz cutoff) is sent to a vintage Luxman M-02 that powers four passive 8" woofers placed asymmetrically around the room. The high pass (4th order Linkwitz/Riley, 100 Hz cutoff) feeds a Music Reference RM-10 (single ended set up) or Atma-Sphere M-60 OTLs (my balanced differential set up).

I'd be interest in you expanding on the differences (if any) you see in biamping using the method I have in my set up versus running the Quad ESL 57s full range and just feeding the low pass to passive woofers or subs.
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Hi Charles,

Any news on a new Ayre phono stage please?

Are you working on one?

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Hi Mark,

As always, Ayre is working on new ideas, concepts, products, circuits, and true improvements to the art of audio reproduction. And as always there are more ideas than time. I've learned that it is better not to promise something until it is actually shipping.

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As always, Ayre is working on new ideas, concepts, products, circuits, and true improvements to the art of audio reproduction. And as always there are more ideas than time. I've learned that it is better not to promise something until it is actually shipping.

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Thanks Charles,

I'll take that as a yes!

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Hello Charles,

I'd like to know your thoughts on an issue I'm having with my DX-5.

I recently popped in the Avatar blu-ray and immediately noticed skipping both in picture and sound (even on the menu screen). The disc is perfect. I had come across an older post of yours recommending the Memorex disk cleaning kit so I ordered it and gave it a try. However, the issue remains. Another peculiarity is that I get a "wrong disc!" prompt with The Transporter 2 blu-ray; I don't think that used to happen. I haven't watched it in some time, but I have watched it before on the DX-5. My unit is in very good shape and I sent it in a couple years ago to change the chasis colorway and inspected.

Any ideas on what the issue could possibly be? Thanks much.
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