Ayre Acoustics unveiled the QX-5 Twenty Streaming DAC/Digital Hub.

Ayre Acoustics unveiled the QX-5 Twenty Digital Hub.

Source: Press Release, Last Accessed: 2016/04/27

Ayre's latest entry in the world of digital audio combines a decades-long record of ground-breaking innovation in both digital and analog audio with revolutionary features, to set a new benchmark in the field.
Every conceivable digital input, including Ethernet, Streamlength asynchronous USB, S/PDIF (in two different formats, optical/Tosling and coaxial/BNC) and AES/EBU, and even direct connection to thumb drives and NAS storage allows for great flexibility and convenience. Streaming with both Tidal and Deezer are fully supported, and Roon ready control is directly integrated as well. Whether your music library comprises physical media, computer based files, or streamed from the highest quality lossless services, all are seamlessly accessible with unprecedented ease, the company says.
QX-5 offers a headphone amp with both 3.5mm and 6.4mm TRS jack outputs (and a double 3.5mm balanced output too) and, also, a digital domain volume control which could be bypassed if needed.
Ayre is proud to partner with ESS Technologies to debut their new flagship D/A converter chip, the ES9038PRO in the QX-5. According to the press release, this advanced device builds on ESS's award-winning technology to set new standards for linearity and dynamic range. Combined with Ayre's custom minimum-phase digital filter, implemented in a low noise FPGA, this synergistic integration renders an astonishing level of detail and purity, delivering all of music's emotional power to the listener – regardless of format.
Ayre has also partnered with Morion to develop a new high-performance crystal oscillator that offers the lowest levels of phase noise in the industry. Morion has decades of experience supplying satellite-grade crystal oscillators, including those powering the guidance system of the International Space Station. A specially developed new doubly-rotated cut quartz crystal allows this high level of performance to be achieved without the need for expensive temperature-controlled ovens. Precision timing is at the heart of conversion between the digital and analog domains, and the ease and fluidity of analog is fully realized for the first time with the QX-5. Price will be about $8,950,-

For more information: http://www.ayre.com/

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