Ayre EX-8 Two Channel Integrated Amplifier with adaptable inputs



Simply add any source (digital and/or analog) plus a pair of loudspeakers or headphones, and enjoy a musical experience

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Whether you listen to music over your loudspeakers or through headphones, the Ayre EX-8 two-channel integrated amplifier provides a complete solution for the cutting-edge reproduction of refined audio sound.
All you need, to enjoy the experience of your favourite music is to combine a quality pair of loudspeakers or headphones & a digital or analogue input source with the scintillating EX-8.
The Ex-8 is more than equipped to be the centre of your complete audio system with it’s three analogue inputs (one balanced) & up to six digital inputs (Ethernet, USB, AES/EBU, S/PIDIF & 2 Toslink)
Highly adaptable, the EX-8’s ethernet module is Roon-ready & preconfigured to stream Spotify, Qobuz & Tidal.
Both balanced & unbalanced front facia output connections are driven by Ayre’s exclusive Double Diamond amplifier circuitry and Ayre’s robust analogue linear power supply, which has been designed & constructed to drive the most demanding headphones easily.
As with the headphone outputs, the EX-8 employs the same Double Diamond & linear power circuitry to effortlessly drive your loudspeakers up to 100 watts, into a nominal 8 ohms, per channel.
As mentioned above, the EX-8 model is highly adaptable; as it can come in several guises:
As described above (analogue & digital inputs)
Or as an analogue input only version
Or upgrade with a form of S/PDIF that will allow for further upgrades
A digital base & USB or Ethernet
Or a fully outfitted, QX-8, USB & Ethernet version
There is potential for even more versions & upgrades.

-Analogue inputs with S/PDIF added - 12,400 AUD
-Analogue inputs with S/PDIF & USB & Ethernet - 13,100 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 Ayre Link communication system

Stereonet review 07/2020

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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
Weight 11 kg

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