Ayre Acoustics EX-8 2.0 Integrated Hub D/A integrated amplifier Specifications

Sidebar 1: Specifications

Description: Stereo integrated amplifier with class-AB output stage, headphone output, and remote control equipped with optional DAC with streaming capability. Analog inputs: 1 balanced (XLR), 2 single-ended (RCA). Digital inputs: Coaxial (1) and TosLink S/PDIF (2), PCM to 24/192, DSD64 via DoP; AES3, PCM to 24/192, DSD64 via DoP; USB, PCM to 24/384, DSD up to DSD128 via DoP; Ethernet, PCM to 24/192, DSD64 via DoP. Outputs: 1 pair speaker binding posts; XLR and RCA preamp out; two 3.5mm balanced headphone outputs, one 6.3mm single-ended headphone output. Continuous power output: 100Wpc into 8 ohms (20dBW), 170Wpc into 4 ohms (19.3dBW). Frequency range: DC–250kHz. Input impedance: 2M ohms, balanced; 1M ohm, unbalanced. Power consumption: 120Woperating, no signal; 60W in low-current-consumption mode. Line output: 4.5V RMS balanced, 2.25V RMS single-ended. Headphone output: 4.0V RMS balanced, 2.0V RMS single-ended. Power consumption: 60W.
Dimensions: 17.25" (438mm) W × 4.5" (114mm) H × 13" (330mm) D. Weight: 24lb (11kg).
Price: $6450, analog only. $7450 with Digital Base (S/PDIF, AES/EBU). $7950 with USB port. $8150 with Ethernet port. $8350, fully loaded. Approximate number of US dealers: 40. Warranty: 5 years.
Serial number of unit reviewed: 27G0103. Designed and manufactured in Colorado.
Manufacturer: Ayre Acoustics, 268 Monarch Park Pl. Suite B, Niwot, CO 80503. Tel: (303) 442-7300 Web: ayre.com.

Ayre Acoustics
268 Monarch Park Pl. Suite B
Niwot, CO 80503
(303) 442-7300

Allen Fant's picture

An excellent review. If this model is half as good as the AX-5 Integrated, it is a keeper.

CG's picture

I guess this proves, once again, that all manufacturers send special high performance non-standard products to reviewers for review in front of the world.

(Insert rolling eyes emoji here.)

michelesurdi's picture

what this proves,once more,is that inadequate packing equates to manufacturer profit and customer loss.

CG's picture


"It appeared that the review sample had suffered some kind of shock in transit from Ken Micallef's place to mine—the top panel was dented—"

That's on the manufacturer? They didn't do the packaging for that part of the journey. You still could be right, but...