The EX-8 integrated amplifier provides a total solution for state-of-the-art music reproduction. Simply add any source (digital and/or analogue) plus a pair of loudspeakers or headphones, and enjoy a musical experience that invigorates your soul. Built around Ayre’s exclusive innovations, the Ayre EX-8 includes fully-balanced, zero-feedback (real-time) circuitry throughout for natural musicality.
The EX-8’s modularity makes it amazingly versatile. Featuring three analogue inputs (one balanced) and up to six digital inputs (Ethernet, USB, AES/EBU, S/PDIF, and two Toslink) it’s prepared to be the hub for most any system. With the Ethernet module installed, it is Roon-ready and pre-configured to stream Spotify, Qobuz, and Tidal. The EX-8 will integrate into virtually any home system today and is designed to be upgradeable for inevitable future technologies.
The EX-8 also allows you to immerse yourself in music with your favourite headphones. Taking full advantage of the robust Ayre analogue linear power supply, both balanced and unbalanced front panel connectors–driven by Ayre’s exclusive Diamond amplifier circuit–will effortlessly drive the most demanding headphones. Likewise, selecting speakers to go with the EX-8 is easy. The Double-Diamond output stage and pure linear power supplies produce 100 watts of power, allowing music to flow effortlessly into your life. The EX-8 delivers Ayre’s latest innovations in a single chassis, giving you authentic music, at an unexpected price.
- Zero-feedback, fully-balanced discrete circuitry
- Ayre’s Asynchronous S/PDIF input
- ESS ES9038Q2M DAC chip
- Ayre custom digital clock
- Ayre’s Minimum Phase digital filter
- Single-pass 16x oversampling
- Ayre’s Double Diamond output stage
- Ayre’s exclusive Equilock gain stage
- Analogue volume control
- Linear analogue power supply
- High-speed circuit board material
- Up to six digital inputs: Ethernet, Asynchronous USB, AES/EBU, S/PDIF, Optical (2)
- AyreLink communication system
|USB||44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8, 384 kHz / PCM 16, 20, 24 Bits / DSD64 and DSD128 (as DoP)|
|Optical / SPDIF / AESEBU||44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz / PCM 16, 20, 24 Bits / DSD64 (as DoP)|
|Network||44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz / PCM 16, 20, 24 Bits / DSD64 (as DoP)|
|Analogue||1 Balanced XLR, 2 Single-Ended RCA|
|Speaker Output||100 Watts per Channel Continuous into 8 Ohms / 170 Watts per Channel Continuous into 4 Ohms|
|Line Output||4.5 Vrms Balanced, 2.25 Vrms Single-Ended|
|Headphone Output||4.0 Vrms Balanced, 2.0 Vrms Single-Ended|
|Input Impedance||20 kΩ unbalanced Inputs, 40 kΩ Balanced Inputs (20 kΩ per Phase)|
|XLR Input Polarity||Pin 1 = Ground, Pin 2 = Non-Inverting (Positive), Pin 3 = Inverting (Negative)|
|Power Consumption||60 Watts in Low-Current Consumption Mode, 120 Watts in Operating Mode (No Signal)|
|Dimensions (W x D x H)||44 x 33 x 11.5 cm (17.25" x 13.00" x 4.50")|
|Weight||11 kg (24 lb)|
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