The Ayre EX-8 integrated amplifier and digital hub is a new piece that has caught my eye (and ears). It’s a state-of-the-art power solution and digital hub to integrate your CD’s, drives, and streaming sources. Among the many Ayre’s exclusive innovations, the Ayre EX-8 includes fully-balanced, zero-feedback (real-time) circuitry throughout for natural musicality.
As part of Ayre’s new “8-Series,” the EX-8 seems to combine Ayre's QX-5 Twenty Digital Hub ($9950), and their AX-5 Twenty integrated amplifier ($12,950), but for a fraction of the price. The basic EX-8 with analog inputs costs only $5950; with a full complement of digital inputs, including USB and Ethernet, comes to $7850.
Featuring three analog inputs (one balanced) and up to six digital inputs (Ethernet, USB, AES/EBU, S/PDIF, and two Toslink) it’s prepared to be the hub for most any system. With the Ethernet module installed, it is Roon-ready and pre-configured to stream Spotify, Qobuz, and Tidal. The EX-8 will integrate into virtually any home system today and is designed to be upgradeable for inevitable future technologies.
Included is a built-in headphone amplifier, which takes full advantage of the robust Ayre analog linear power supply. Both balanced and unbalanced front panel connectors – driven by Ayre’s exclusive Diamond amplifier circuit – can drive even the most demanding headphones.
A few things I personally like about the Ayre EX-8 integrated amp:
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