The Ayre is a fine player. I've listened to that player on a number of occasions and like it a great deal.
I have a neighbor who has the same player along with his whole Ayre system connected by Nordost Valhalla cables and driving Aliante Iperspazio speakers. Very detailed and easy on the ears. Alot of air and a huge soundstage with excellent imaging.
He does not like my Rega stuff and really hates vinyl.
Though I really like the Ayre it isn't my preference as I actually like the Saturn that you have/had better but can easily see why many would not.
For folks who prefer the Ayre's type of presentation I give it my highest receommendation as it really is difficult to better it at any price.
Interesting approach to filtering and DAC that I have not seen before. Looks like a nice unit. Specs seem a little sparse for a mid- high-end unit. Of course, they really don't mean much when you get beyond a certain point anyway. What matters is how it sounds. Hope you enjoy it.
I have to send this player back to the seller. It stop working after 2 days with me. The player does not read any cd that I put into. It sounds wonderful, I am really sad to depart it. I am not sure what player should I get after this one. Don't know if any player can get better than it. Any recommendations?
If you've found a machine which really presses your buttons, you'd be crazy to try anything else. I know that receiving something which breaks after 2 days is very disheartening and makes you question your choice, but Ayre have a very good reputation, both for the quality of their units as well as their customer service. After 2 days you're entitled to a new one. I'd just shrug and hope for the best on the next one. If it happened again and again then I'd worry and look around, but not on the first (unlucky) strike.
The seller (a dealer) said that he will send it to Ayre to fix it. I dicided to have it back after Ayre fixed it. I hope that it will live longer. Yes Frank, if it die again, I sure will look elsewhere.