Ayre Acoustics DX-5 Multiformat Disc
All prices in US dollars.
The Ayre Acoustics DX-5 looks like a dream machine for
audiophiles and videophiles alike. It is being billed as a player of all disc types:
Blu-ray, DVD-A/V, SACD, CD, etc. So if it comes on a shiny disc, the DX-5 will supposedly
play it. In fact, Ayre's Steve Silberman calls the DX-5 a "Colorado army knife,"
hinting at its extreme functionality and the place it's manufactured -- Ayre is
located in Boulder, Colorado, about 20 minutes from where RMAF is held. But playing discs
is not all the DX-5 will do.
Around back youll find a USB digital-audio input that
uses Wavelength Audio's Streamlength asynchronous USB transfer mode technology that allows
optimal audio performance with a computer-based music server. The DX-5's internal DAC
technology is derived from Ayres QB-9 standalone digital-to-analog converter.
Obviously, this is meant to be a high-quality audio device. The DX-5 has both single-ended
and balanced analog outputs.
Ayre's DX-5 will be priced between $8000 and $10,000 when
available in January, so it isn't cheap. But the DX-5 isn't designed simply to be a
feature-rich, convenient disc player; rather, it's intended to provide statement-level
performance for audio and video playback. If true, then it certainly isn't unreasonably
priced. As we said, a dream machine for audiophiles and videophiles alike -- we cant
wait to get a review sample in.