Ayre's QA-9 A/D Converter
I auditioned a 192k needle drop of a Supertramp track made with the QA-9, played back from a Mac mini with Pure Musicthe rest of the system was Ayre KX-R preamp, VX-R stereo power amplifier, and Vienna Acoustics The Kiss speakersand there was something very right about the sound.
Big news from Ayre at RMAF, however, was the announcement that Alan Clark has joined the Bouder, CO company as the Executive Vice President of R&D. Alan was most recently the Chief Technology Officer of B&W Group Limited and Vice President, Research and Development, Classé Audio, where he was responsible for designing the Canadian company's impressive-sounding line of amplifiers and its new digital preamp. Prior to that, he designed many of Linn's superb-sounding digital electronics, like the Sondek CD12. Clark will join forces with Charles Hansen, founder of Ayre Acoustics, and Ariel Brown (Ayre's senior engineer).
“I am tremendously excited about collaborating with Alan and his joining the Ayre team. He is considered a world-class designer and engineer, and I am thrilled about the many future products that we are going to be designing together,” said Charles Hansen.