Ayre & Vandersteen

Also showing in the Ayre room were their MX-R monoblocks ($9250 each) and also a Stereophile “Product of the Year” in 2007), connected to the actual samples of Vandersteen Model Seven speakers that Michael Fremer will be reviewing for Stereophile in March. The MX-R, like its KX-R brother, is carved out of a single block of aluminum and puts out 300W into 8 ohms and 600W into 4 ohms. The amps were fed by Ayre’s CX-7eMP CD player and KX-R preamplifier and the sound of the MX-R amps driving the Vandersteen Sevens was detailed and— pun fully intended— airy.

Matt's picture

Erick, I think the source was actually the new DX-5 - notice the screen behind the amps. Wish I could hear that system (and the Lamm room)! Looking forward to the Vandersteen review.

john's picture

i would have thought the sound would have been termed ayri.

Jim's picture

Hi Charles, Ayre MRX sound great but it is not powerful enough to drive big loudspeaker like wilson Alexandria. I wonder if Ayre will built a power amplifier with more power like >800W into 8ohm in future.

Matt's picture

Jim, I'll bet Charles will disagree with your opinion that they're not powerful. I recall reading an account of Charles introducing the MX-Rs somewhere in Europe. He said it was the first time he heard a credible reproduction of a full orchestra. The speakers? Wilson Alexandria. Peter McGrath reportedly really liked the MX-Rs (he might even have opined that they were the best he'd heard?). Now, if he could just sell them for $5K . . .

Zombie's picture

It would be interesting to know when, if ever, Ayre will release a source component (cdp or whatever), that has the same cosmetics as the KX-R and MX-R products.

Jim's picture

I tried KRX & MRX on Wilson Alexandria X2 before.I agree that it produces very good sound.Obviously, it is not able to fully control the bass.Overall, the speed of the sound drops.

Ian's picture

Scheduling the Model 7s for a review by Fremer doesn't make a lot of sense. Previously, he spent considerable text only to find the Vandersteen Quatro to be "too detailed" for his ears. Hmmm.