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Low end systems can be fantastic performers. There's a little $30 digital player called the Sansa Clip. It performs as well as many people's whole system and easily reveals the audible problems in problematical recordings. It sounds (and measures) about as good as a $250 iPod.

That's the low end that is given as example.
I had one of those and my son the second. Both POS. It proves nothing but the bias...
Really? I'd be interested in how you tested it, what you tested it against and how you reached your conclusion.
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I suspect that the Ayre C-5xeMP is priced beyond what I'd personally be willing to spend. But I'm still interested in reading what anyone might have to say about it!
The Aye C-5xeMP replaced my Sony XA5400ES for stereo. SACD DSD & DVD-A sound superb, as expected. Unexpected is that CDs also sound superb. The most substantial improvement using the Ayre rather than the Sony is in the sound of CDs. I have no understanding why this is so, but the improvement is not subtle.

The Sony has moved to the living room where it is used with a Proceed PAV/PDSD and Amp 2 that drives a pair of KEF 102/2s. The Sony joins an Oppo BDP-95 in that setup.

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The Aye C-5xeMP replaced my Sony XA5400ES for stereo. SACD DSD & DVD-A sound superb, as expected. Unexpected is that CDs also sound superb. The most substantial improvement using the Ayre rather than the Sony is in the sound of CDs. I have no understanding why this is so, but the improvement is not subtle.

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Probably due to its producing a higher volume level.
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Probably due to its producing a higher volume level.
It's true that the sound level of SACDs with the Ayre is lower, but I compensate for the higher level of CDs. It's also true, however, that the sound with the Ayre is so clean it encourages listening at higher sound levels.

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