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  1. Ayre Acoustics Codex is the Deal of the Century in Performance Audio

    Ayre Acoustics Codex is the Deal of the Century in Performance Audio
    The Codex is a DAC, a headphone amp, and a preamp all rolled into one, packaged up in a small box that can fit right on your desk! Now if you know me well, you know I try to figure out all the different ways to use audio gear, so the Codex turned out to be a real brain teaser. Let's think about this... The most obvious use is as an incredible headphone amp in a desktop situation. You simply connect a good USB cable from your computer to the Codex, tell your computer to send the audio to the Codex, plug in your favorite headphones, and you are all set! The front panel has connections to drive a normal or balanced pair of headphones. In this situation, we are using both the DAC and the headphone amp. To put in perspective just how good this is, I think the Codex is probably equal to if not better than the great sounding Ayre QB-9 DAC and it sports a headphone amp that made Neil Young happy.
  2. Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Audioengines!

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Audioengines!
    For the past several years, I’ve had my eye on a North Carolina audio company called Audioengine. They’re actually headquartered on the coast, in Wilmington! They had not moved up on my radar until recently as their products seemed too inexpensive to be very good. After hearing just how good the $149 Audioquest Dragonfly was, I started thinking, “hmm, maybe that inexpensive Audioengine stuff might be worth a test after all.” When one of my old friends left Tidal to go work for Audioengine, I knew the stars were aligning and that I should give them a try.
  3. COMING SOON: Ayre Codex - A Preamp, DAC, Headphone Amp

    COMING SOON: Ayre Codex - A Preamp, DAC, Headphone Amp
    Figuring how to get great sound into both a small package for a limited budget lead Ayre to come up with a really cool project called the Codex. I just got notice from Ayre that Audio Advice will get one of the first 10 units off the production line to try out.
  4. AudioStream reviews the Ayre QB-9 DSD DAC

    AudioStream reviews the Ayre QB-9 DSD DAC
    Computer audio website AudioStream takes a close listen to the Ayre QB-9 DSD DAC: "Compared to the older QB-9, everything comes into clearer and more distinct focus while also sounding more fully formed. In a word the QB-9 DSD sounds more natural. I would say that the QB-9 DSD also sounds richer in comparison as if the music is more...
  5. Computer Audiophile reviews the Ayre QB-9 DSD DAC

    Computer Audiophile reviews the Ayre QB-9 DSD DAC
    "Sticking with its policy of upgradability Ayre has been upgrading QB-9 DACs to the QB-9 DSD version for $500, the same as the price difference between the new and old model. As the name changed to QB-9 DSD implies, the sound quality improvement to this DAC is well worth the price of the upgrade. The QB-9 DSD is a completely different DAC from the previous generation of the QB-9. Adding...

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