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post #1561 of 1586 Old 03-27-2017, 04:59 PM
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Hi Charles,

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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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.
Hello,

Apologies for the late reply. I'm not sure why I didn't receive the notification for this post. I am hoping that you've already contacted the factory directly. The most likely cause is one of the lasers wearing out (they are a kind of light bulb, and don't last forever). The best thing (in the US) is to always call Customer Service at 303-442-7300 x223.

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With heavy hearts, we regret to inform you that charles hansen, founder of ayre acoustics, has passed away on november 28th, 2017. Those who knew charley knew that he was a passionate man who always stood up for what he believed to be right. His family knew him as a loving and dedicated father of his two children. With the passing of charley, the world has lost one of the most creative and innovative minds in the audio industry and we have lost a good friend.

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Charles Hansen et al. at Ayre have been very helpful with advice about setting up Ayre gear, including a near scolding when I proposed inserting a Bryston 10B balanced high-pass filter between the KX-5 Twenty preamp and KX-5 Twenty amp. Don't do that! I'm now about to add a sixth Ayre component, a DX-5 DSD, and wonder if Roon can be used to control files that are sent to it. Anyone using Roon with a DX-5?

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Charles Hansen et al. at Ayre have been very helpful with advice about setting up Ayre gear, including a near scolding when I proposed inserting a Bryston 10B balanced high-pass filter between the KX-5 Twenty preamp and KX-5 Twenty amp. Don't do that! I'm now about to add a sixth Ayre component, a DX-5 DSD, and wonder if Roon can be used to control files that are sent to it. Anyone using Roon with a DX-5?db
Roon works just fine with the DX-5. I had a laptop running Roon connected straight to the DX-5 via USB.
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Charles Hansen et al. at Ayre have been very helpful with advice about setting up Ayre gear, including a near scolding when I proposed inserting a Bryston 10B balanced high-pass filter between the KX-5 Twenty preamp and KX-5 Twenty amp. Don't do that! I'm now about to add a sixth Ayre component, a DX-5 DSD, and wonder if Roon can be used to control files that are sent to it. Anyone using Roon with a DX-5?

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db- Are you still enjoying your DX-5 player? I am thinking about purchasing a demo from an AYRE dealer/retailer.


I will only use its CD and SACD playback.
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db- Are you still enjoying your DX-5 player? I am thinking about purchasing a demo from an AYRE dealer/retailer.


I will only use its CD and SACD playback.
My Ayre player is a DX-5 DSD, and I'm still enjoying it as a USB asynchronous endpoint for Roon, and as a Blu-ray, SACD, and CD player. Both the audio and video are superb. I enjoy opera on Blu-ray projected onto a 100" screen, but try the Legends of Jazz Blu-ray. I particularly like the scat of "Time Out."

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My Ayre player is a DX-5 DSD, and I'm still enjoying it as a USB asynchronous endpoint for Roon, and as a Blu-ray, SACD, and CD player. Both the audio and video are superb. I enjoy opera on Blu-ray projected onto a 100" screen, but try the Legends of Jazz Blu-ray. I particularly like the scat of "Time Out."

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I will set an audition in 2 weeks on the DX-5 with AYRE AX-5 Twenty integrated amp.
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I will set an audition in 2 weeks on the DX-5 with AYRE AX-5 Twenty integrated amp.
I'm currently taking balanced stereo from my DX-5 DSD to Parasound JC 2 BP preamp with JC-1 monoblocks and surround via HDMI to a Bryston SP-3, but I plan to try it as a disc player with my KX-5 and VX-5 Twenties -- a QX-5 Twenty digital hub is used as the Roon endpoint in that setup.
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I'm currently taking balanced stereo from my DX-5 DSD to Parasound JC 2 BP preamp with JC-1 monoblocks and surround via HDMI to a Bryston SP-3, but I plan to try it as a disc player with my KX-5 and VX-5 Twenties -- a QX-5 Twenty digital hub is used as the Roon endpoint in that setup.



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I'm currently taking balanced stereo from my DX-5 DSD to Parasound JC 2 BP preamp with JC-1 monoblocks and surround via HDMI to a Bryston SP-3, but I plan to try it as a disc player with my KX-5 and VX-5 Twenties -- a QX-5 Twenty digital hub is used as the Roon endpoint in that setup.



db- I responded to the PM here.
what brand cables/power cords are you enjoying with the Ayre gear?
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db- I responded to the PM here.
what brand cables/power cords are you enjoying with the Ayre gear?
So we're talking about two setups: (1) Ayre DX-5 DSD universal player to Parasound JC 2 BP preamp and JC 1 monoblocks; (2) Ayre QX-5/20 digital hub & C5-xeMP to KX-5/20 preamp and VX-5/20 stereo amp. All connections balanced.

The interconnects in both setups are Cardas Clear Sky. The power cords are those provided by Ayre. Given my proclivities, I'm pretty sure all the cables were bought used, whenever a pair came up that were suitable length. I like to keep cables short.
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So we're talking about two setups: (1) Ayre DX-5 DSD universal player to Parasound JC 2 BP preamp and JC 1 monoblocks; (2) Ayre QX-5/20 digital hub & C5-xeMP to KX-5/20 preamp and VX-5/20 stereo amp. All connections balanced.

The interconnects in both setups are Cardas Clear Sky. The power cords are those provided by Ayre. Given my proclivities, I'm pretty sure all the cables were bought used, whenever a pair came up that were suitable length. I like to keep cables short.

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So we're talking about two setups: (1) Ayre DX-5 DSD universal player to Parasound JC 2 BP preamp and JC 1 monoblocks; (2) Ayre QX-5/20 digital hub & C5-xeMP to KX-5/20 preamp and VX-5/20 stereo amp. All connections balanced.

The interconnects in both setups are Cardas Clear Sky. The power cords are those provided by Ayre. Given my proclivities, I'm pretty sure all the cables were bought used, whenever a pair came up that were suitable length. I like to keep cables short.



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I sent a PM here and Audiogon. I now own my DX-5 player and will use it in the short term for DVD/BR duties until I can complete Audio system.

Is there any pitfalls connecting to my tv via HDMI ?
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I now own my DX-5 player and will use it in the short term for DVD/BR duties until I can complete Audio system. Is there any pitfalls connecting to my tv via HDMI ?[/QUOTE]

No. I connect my DX-5 DSD via HDMI to a Bryston SP-3 for audio and to a projector for video, and via balanced analog to the JC 2 BP preamp for stereo.
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No. I connect my DX-5 DSD via HDMI to a Bryston SP-3 for audio and to a projector for video, and via balanced analog to the JC 2 BP preamp for stereo.

Thank You! db


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No. I connect my DX-5 DSD via HDMI to a Bryston SP-3 for audio and to a projector for video, and via balanced analog to the JC 2 BP preamp for stereo.

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I am looking forward in reading about your AYRE customer service experience
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I'm now using the DX-5 DSD with an A7e integrated amp that drives KEF LS50s. The sound is surprisingly superb. I've been listening to lots of files sent by Roon. I have a more elaborate setup comprised of QX-5/20 digital hub, KX-5/20 preamp, and VX-5/20 driving KEF Ref 1s, but I could live happily with the DX-5 DSD/A7e/LS50s setup.
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