Solid State or Tubes with your NX-series speakers?

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Jaytor

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« Reply #160 on: 24 Apr 2024, 01:11 pm »
Earlier in the month I bought an Ayre KX-R Twenty preamp.  I am extremely happy with it.  I had the KX-5 Twenty prior to this, and a friend talked me into selling it to him.  It is also excellent.

That's a pretty cool looking unit. Bet it sounds great!

DanM88

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Re: Solid State or Tubes with your NX-series speakers?
« Reply #161 on: 25 Apr 2024, 03:23 pm »
Hey guys, I'm new here and just ordered an NX Studio to build. Does anyone have experience matching these speakers with an Anthem STR? Or should I look into tubes?

richidoo

Re: Solid State or Tubes with your NX-series speakers?
« Reply #162 on: 25 Apr 2024, 06:23 pm »
Welcome to AudioCircle, Dan!

STR amp has plenty of power for NX Studio. It is relatively neutral, and should be a good match, imo.

DanM88

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Re: Solid State or Tubes with your NX-series speakers?
« Reply #163 on: 25 Apr 2024, 07:22 pm »
Welcome to AudioCircle, Dan!

STR amp has plenty of power for NX Studio. It is relatively neutral, and should be a good match, imo.


Thank you!  I'm excited to start the build and I can't wait to hear these speakers!

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« Reply #164 on: 26 Apr 2024, 12:39 am »
Did you notice an improvement from your other preamp?  It is one of the nicest preamps I have seen.

I think it is better than the KX-5 Twenty, but the difference in price does not reflect the difference in performance - at all.  In fact, it was because the KX-5 Twenty was so good that I had confidence in getting the KX-R Twenty.  The differences are mostly due to higher cost parts. Apparently the resistors are much more expensive than the ones in the KX-5 Twenty.  And there is another important difference... the input switching is done the same way as the volume.  It's a more "direct" way of doing it compared to the KX-5 Twenty.  Ayre is very friendly / shares details about the design of the product.  Great guys.

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« Reply #165 on: 26 Apr 2024, 07:50 am »
I think it is better than the KX-5 Twenty, but the difference in price does not reflect the difference in performance - at all.  In fact, it was because the KX-5 Twenty was so good that I had confidence in getting the KX-R Twenty.  The differences are mostly due to higher cost parts. Apparently the resistors are much more expensive than the ones in the KX-5 Twenty.  And there is another important difference... the input switching is done the same way as the volume.  It's a more "direct" way of doing it compared to the KX-5 Twenty.  Ayre is very friendly / shares details about the design of the product.  Great guys.
You are getting that last 5%.

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« Reply #166 on: 6 May 2024, 02:14 am »
I think it is better than the KX-5 Twenty, but the difference in price does not reflect the difference in performance - at all.  In fact, it was because the KX-5 Twenty was so good that I had confidence in getting the KX-R Twenty.  The differences are mostly due to higher cost parts. Apparently the resistors are much more expensive than the ones in the KX-5 Twenty.  And there is another important difference... the input switching is done the same way as the volume.  It's a more "direct" way of doing it compared to the KX-5 Twenty.  Ayre is very friendly / shares details about the design of the product.  Great guys.

I am leaning towards getting an Ayre QX-5 twenty DAC.  It has the volume control, so I don't have to get a preamp immediately.  I talked to Jake at Ayre and he said they are coming out with a streamer soon but he didn't know there would be a noticeable difference in sound  from the Ethernet card.  He actually mentioned that without me asking.  People in the forums really like the Ayre gear.