The Ayre VX-5 Twenty fully-discrete, fully-balanced, zero-feedback amplifier features our exclusive Equilock circuitry and our Diamond output stage giving it both the power and control for the most demanding musical passages. The VX-5 is every bit the refined and sublime musical masterpiece you have come to expect from an Ayre product. With the addition of our new Diamond output stage this amplifier packs a punch so palpable you will find yourself clinging to the essence of every note. Make a VX-5 the foundation of your music system and redefine your expectation of what an amplifier should do.
“All told, Ayre's new VX-5 is as perfect a power amp as I've seen lately for the audiophile who wants high performance and high value.”
– Doug Schneider, SoundStage!
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 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
175 watts per channel continuous into 8 ohms
350 watts per channel continuous into 4 ohms
1 MΩ unbalanced inputs
2 MΩ balanced inputs (1 MΩ per phase)
DC - 250 kHz
35 watts in low-current consumption mode
325 watts in operating mode, no signal
17.25" W x 18.75" D x 4.875" H
(44cm x 48cm x 12cm)
52 pounds (24 kg)