"…the AX-5 is not only, overall, the finest-sounding amp I’ve ever heard, it ranks as one of the finest components I’ve heard of any type.” –Uday Reddy, SoundStage!
Featuring Ayre's new Double Diamond output stage, our exclusive EquiLock circuitry, and a Shallco solid-silver contact switch for gain control, this fully-discrete, fully-balanced, zero-feedback integrated amplifier provides a complete solution for your modern music system.
The key to perfecting the AX-5 Twenty was to incorporate the Variable Gain Technology (VGT) of the award-winning Ayre KX-R Twenty preamplifier into the power amplifier section. The addition of ultra-transparent FET input selector switches completed the transformation of a basic power amplifier into a compact one-box solution which will become the heart of your high-performance audio system.
Twenty Series Updates
- AyreLock power supply - All power supply regulators, whether 3-pin ICs using massive amounts of feedback or the discrete zero-feedback designs Ayre has always used in every product ever since the V-3, twenty-one years ago, have at their heart a single series-pass active element (tube, FET, or BJT).
When the load (audio circuit) draws more current, the pass element decreases its resistance (turns on harder), to keep the voltage to the load constant.
Ayre’s new Double Diamond output stage
Ayre’s exclusive Equilock circuit
Linear analog power supply
Zero-feedback, fully-balanced discrete circuitry
High-speed circuit board material
Custom developed audio-grade resistors
Ayre Conditioner power line RFI filter
AyreLink communication system
125 watts per channel continuous into 8 ohms
250 watts per channel continuous into 4 ohms
1 MΩ unbalanced inputs
2 MΩ balanced inputs (1 MΩ per phase)
DC - 250 kHz
48 watts in low-current consumption mode
230 watts in operating mode, no signal
17.25" W x 18.75" D x 4.875" H
(44cm x 48cm x 12cm)
48 pounds (22 kg)