Couple of Q's. First about Ayre CDPs in general: Ayre's ad in recent Stereophile claims they were first (2002) to use CD-ROM drive. That seems hard to believe considering the date: 2002. Surely some other manuf. has used a CD-ROM drive in their CDP. Can someone clarify?
In the 5/2003 John Atkinson Ayre CX-7 review , JA noted:
...a CD-ROM mechanism sourced from TEAC and feeding what appear to be S/PDIF-encoded data to the printed circuit board that sits behind the output jacks. This double-sided board carries both surface-mount and traditional components, and the digital data are processed by an AKM receiver chip.
- Does this mean the Ayre CX-7 passes digital data from the transport to the decoder/receiver using SPDIF format? I may have read the review incorrectly: not using SPDIF (other than for digital out, but Naim objects to even that!) is a primary goal for producing a modern, high-end, all-in-one CDP. Looking at my Philips Service Manual for another all-in-one CDP model, the digital data between the transport and decoder is "RF".
- Which AKM receiver chip is used by that Ayre? (You'll need to peek inside!)
- How have the above changed/evolved for the latest Ayre CDPs?