Ayre K5 XE MP / V5 XE mini review
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    Ayre K5 XE MP / V5 XE mini review

    Hello folks,

    I am using this combo in my living room system, with the Audio Note AN-J Spe / Hemp / Silver coils speakers.
    I first received the K5 XE MP preamp. And used it with my Shindo CCQs monoblocks. The sound was extremely satisfying. Not as rich sounding as with a Shindo preamp, but the K5 let obviously the Shindo monoblocks express their delicious sound without coming into the way.
    Then came the V5xe power amplifier.
    When cold, the few hours were extremely disappointing. The sound was sterile, no weight, with terribly aggressive treble. I even wrote an advert to sell the whole combo. I could not believe the raving reviews I read about them. I could not imagine the amp sounding good when warm or hot.
    As much as I love my little AX7e integrated, I was just hating this sound.
    I let it play all night. The cats do love classical music and sweet pop ( Simon and Garfunkel get their full attention ) at all times.
    In the morning I entered the room. What the hell ???
    I never just listened to any SS gear sounding so good. It is extremely close from my 300B Western Electric monoblocks in terms of listening pleasure.
    By very far the best SS set up I ever heard. No matter the price. I think that Mr. Charles Hansen ( RIP) was just a genius. Even my beloved Nagra MSA is far from this level of reproduction. The Dartzeel CTH too. Maybe that the Nagra Classic amp could be close to it but I am really not sure.
    The Accuphase A65 power amp is also defeated here.
    I guess that only Ayre amps / preamps higher in the line could sound better than this combo.
    In a phrase it sounds rich, velvety, transparent, powerful, involving. Most of all, this combo SINGS SINGS SINGS. And makes you addicted and willing to listen to all your recordings.

    Sources are Pink Triangle Anniv TT / SME V / Koetsu Rosewood into LFD MC1 phono stage and McIntosh MDA 1000.







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    Re: Ayre K5 XE MP / V5 XE mini review

    Congratulations Jerome. I’m so happy you are loving the Ayre combo. Ayre makes great gear. The midrange and especially the treble are absolutely wonderful, smooth and sweet.
    Joe

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    Re: Ayre K5 XE MP / V5 XE mini review

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Congratulations Jerome. I’m so happy you are loving the Ayre combo. Ayre makes great gear. The midrange and especially the treble are absolutely wonderful, smooth and sweet.
    Hi Joe,
    Thanks a lot !!
    So you were not in love with the bass ?


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    Re: Ayre K5 XE MP / V5 XE mini review

    The bass was fine on my KX5-20/VX5-20 and KXR-20/MXR-20 combos. It’s just that I prefer a little more meat on the bone, a little more fullness. Your combo could be different. My gear was very articulate and musical but I was looking for a change.

    The D’Agostino gear had the fullness and meat but the Ayre treble/mids was a little bit smoother and sweeter.

    I think pairing Ayre with warmer/fuller speakers gives the best of both worlds. Of course, my opinion only.
    Joe

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    Re: Ayre K5 XE MP / V5 XE mini review

    That's a great looking system. I have always liked Ayre kit when I have heard it.
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    Re: Ayre K5 XE MP / V5 XE mini review

    I'm really happy you gave the Ayre pieces a chance before giving up on them. Our gear can definitely be more sensitive to temperature and even being moved around than other designs tend to be. The tradeoff is that the zero-feedback design really shines once it's settled in to a level we couldn't otherwise achieve. If the unit is new, you should continue to hear improvements over the next 3-4 months of use, depending on how often you're running it, so I think you'll be even happier in time. Thank you on behalf of Ayre for being a fan and enjoy the music! If you ever have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to give us a call. We love talking audio, that's why we do it.

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    Re: Ayre K5 XE MP / V5 XE mini review

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Berry View Post
    I'm really happy you gave the Ayre pieces a chance before giving up on them. Our gear can definitely be more sensitive to temperature and even being moved around than other designs tend to be. The tradeoff is that the zero-feedback design really shines once it's settled in to a level we couldn't otherwise achieve. If the unit is new, you should continue to hear improvements over the next 3-4 months of use, depending on how often you're running it, so I think you'll be even happier in time. Thank you on behalf of Ayre for being a fan and enjoy the music! If you ever have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to give us a call. We love talking audio, that's why we do it.
    Ryan,

    Thanks a lot !


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