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    FS: Ayre K-5xeMP preamplifier

    An opportunity to upgrade has come rather out of the blue so I am going to offer my recent purchase of an Ayre K-5exmp preamplifier for sale.

    It is in mint condition, and comes with original box, manual and remote control. It is approx 2 years old.

    Its a stunning low noise and high resolution performer, fully deserving of its 2012 Stereophile Recommended Products Class A rating -

    Ayre Acoustics K-5xeMP: $3500 ✩
    Like all of Ayre’s 5-series products, the K-5xe uses the Ayre Conditioner, a built-in RFI filter that works in parallel with the AC line to reduce background noise, grain, and hash. The original K-5xe added nothing to the original signal and had no sonic signature of its own. ST: “It just got out of the way” subsequently adding that this “superb solid state line-stage preamp is everything you could ask for: neutral, detailed, dynamic, exceptionally low noise, fun to use.” JA felt high Class B was a fair rating for the original version; the Maximum Performance (MP) version incorporates rare, low-noise Toshiba J-FETs for the output buffer stage. The K-5xeMP had dynamics equal to that of the original K-5xe, but produced quieter backgrounds and had a friendlier, more accurate overall balance, with better delineation of images within a wide, deep soundstage. Though it lacked the top-end air of the Parasound Halo JC 2, the Ayre sounded warmer overall, with a fleshier lower midrange. Its measured performance was “about as good as it gets for a solid-state preamplifier,” said JA. Black finish adds $250. (Vol.29 No.5 original version; Vol.34 No.6 MP version Read Review Online)


    Review here -
    http://www.stereophile.com/content/a...e-preamplifier

    Here's a stock picture for now - can supply pics on request.


    I am based in Stourport on Severn, and also travel around the UK with my work so meet up etc is also possible depending on location/ timing etc.

    Price - £1400

    Pictures of actual unit





    Last edited by crimsondonkey; 22-05-2013 at 02:25 PM.
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    Hi-res and dynamic beast this one, beautiful preamp, my brother had one for a fair while which he sold to Def (Dan)
    Bloody good price also!
    Good luck with the sale CD

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    As an ex Ayre dealer I can confirm that this is world class. Please someone buy it before I do.

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    Thanks for comments.

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    Bump for a fine sounding and really mint preamp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crimsondonkey View Post
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    Possibly interested... Send me a PM...

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    Quote Originally Posted by crimsondonkey View Post
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    CrimsonDonkey - nice piece, great price. I live in the US but get to the UK (and Redditch) quite often. Does this have a switching power supply or will it only work on 240V? I also have a friend moving to London and is looking for equipment, so I will forward this his way as well.

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    I am very interested as I have a matching Ayre amp. My offer is £1600 if you could wait for a few weeks. Posted a private message to confirm.

    Thanks!
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    id love to try, as im looking for a pre, but i cant justify paying for something ive never heard.

    good luck with this , looks interesting.

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    True gent to deal with and when amplifier is described as mint then it genuinely will be.
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    Thanks Tim, I've cleared it now.
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    Haven't understood. Is this still for sale?

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    I'm American living in London and have researched the voltage conversion... It's a fairly costly conversion (and not a switch mode as I understand) and Ayre's policy is not to convert unless your are the original owner... (unless you can work it out separately with them).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejn1 View Post
    Ayre's policy is not to convert unless your are the original owner
    i would love to know why they would be unwilling to change the voltage for anyone thats lucky enough to own one of their products.

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    Presumably to stop unscrupulous people buying 110v units in the USA where they are much cheaper and then converting to 220-240v and selling them in overseas markets at lower prices than Ayres own dealers in those territories. Same goes for most USA brands I expect.
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