Whether you decide to listen to your favorite music on a loudspeaker or headphones, the EX-8 provides a complete solution for the reproduction of cutting-edge music. Everything you need, besides the Ayre integral amplifier EX-8 to enjoy your favorite music experience, is a source, analog or digital, and a pair of speakers and/or headphones.
The Ayre EX-8 is ready to be a center for more advanced systems, with its three analog inputs (one balanced) and up to six digital inputs (Ethernet, USB, AES / EBU, S / PDIF, and two Toslink). The modularity is what makes EX-8 irresistibly adaptable. The product prepared with the ethernet module is Roon-ready and pre-configured to stream Spotify, Qobuz, and Tidal.
Both, balanced and unbalanced front panel connectors–driven by Ayre’s exclusive Diamond amplifier circuit–will easily drive the most demanding headphones considering full advantage of the robust Ayre analogue linear power supply. In the same manner, it is very stress-free to select speakers that go well with EX-8. Simply, the music is allowed to flows smoothly into your life by the Double-Diamond output stage and pure linear power supplies that produce 100 watts of power.
EX-8 could come only as an analogue version fitted with analogue inputs only or upgraded with S/PDIF in a form of a digital base for further upgrades.
The next potential level is a digital base and USB or Ethernet. Nevertheless, a fully outfitted version of QX-8, USB, and Ethernet added to the digital base, is available as a topmost of this particular model.
-Analogue inputs with S/PDIF added - 12650 AUD
-USB and Ethernet added to the analogue inputs and S/PDIF - 13000 AUD
o Ayre’s Asynchronous S/PDIF input.
o ESS ES9038Q2M DAC chip
o Ayre custom digital clock
o Ayre’s Minimum Phase digital filter
o Single-pass 16x oversampling
o Ayre’s Double Diamond output stage
o Ayre’s exclusive Equilock gain stage
o Analog volume control
o Linear analog power supply
o High-speed circuit board material
o Up to six digital inputs:
o Ethernet, Asynchronous USB,
o AES/EBU, S/PDIF, Optical (2)
o AyreLink communication system
|Audio Inputs||USB: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8, 384 kHz PCM 16, 20, 24 bits DSD64 and DSD128 (as DoP) Optical/SPDIF/AESEBU: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz PCM 16, 20, 24 bits DSD64 (as DoP) Network: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz PCM 16, 20, 24 bits DSD64 (as DoP) Analog: 1 Balanced XLR, 2 Single-ended RCA|
|Outputs||Speaker Output: 100 watts per channel continuous into 8 ohms Line Output: 4.5 Vrms balanced, 2.25 Vrms single-ended Headphone Output: 4.0 Vrms balanced, 2.0 Vrms single-ended|
|XLR Input Polarity||Pin 1 = Ground Pin 2 = Non-inverting (Positive) Pin 3 = Inverting (Negative)|
|Power Consumption||60 watts in operating mode|
|Dimensions||44cm x 33cm x 10cm|