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Ayre Acoustics K-1
4 Reviews
rating  4.75 of 5
Description: Solid state preamplifier with SE and XLR in-and out-puts


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by markhelton a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2004

Bottom Line:   
This is for the K-1X model. My unit has all the upgrades, including the phono boards as well as the remote.

This preamplifier is one of the best preamplifiers I have heard. It is very detailed, without being fatiguing. It has excellent soundstaging and imaging qualities as well.

The preamp is very quiet (quite a bit quieter than my old ARC LS-2), and the number of inputs (3 SE & 3 XLR) and outputs (both SE and XLR) is more than adequate. The looks are very pleasing to the eye.

The remote is very basic, (volume and mute only), but that is all I really need to be honest. It is built like a brick. (An aluminium brick actually!)

The phono stage is really incredible. It has a very, very low noise floor, much lower than my old ARC PH-3. It is very detailed as well.

I doubt I will be upgrading anytime soon.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   Used on Audiogon

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stringreen a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Simply wonderful - There's a new mod - I know it's heavy...don't be lazy, send the thing back..you won't regret it.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by A YU a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2000

Bottom Line:   
My K-1 is still under "break-in" but the sound is already much, much better than my ARC pre-amp. The phono section is even more marvellous. Previously I can't imagine the performance of my Shure V-15 mm cartridge can be raised to such high levels.

Considering the performance and high quality material used throughout this pre-amp, K-1 is reasonably priced (if not under-priced).

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by David a an Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 26, 1999

Bottom Line:   
I bought this preamp second-hand, at the upper limit of my resources.At first I was a little underwhelmed- the main probs being a perceived harshness
in the far treble, and constant background hiss heard at all volume levels.
A change in CD player (from Sony CDP XA7ES to Copland CDA-266) showed that the
treble brightness was CD-sourced- is this intermodulation from RF "grunge"?
Now I can appreciate the qualities of the Ayre:
- lovely build quality
- amazingly fast-sounding acoustics
- an ability to make all music interesting (if still not making crappy recordings sound like Chesky)
- truly realistic transients and occasionally voices.

This doesnt sound like an unqualified recommendation but I am very happy with the K-1. Its main advantages are neutrality (NOT solidstate leanness), and an
ability to disappear that allows no, forces one to listen to the music and
forget about the machinery. Finally it is obviously not the limiting factor in
my system's quality. (Sony;Goldmund SRAs;Sonus Faber Minima Amators)

Mine is an early example-without power supply or "Ayre Conditioner" upgrades.

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