Music Systems

Vision, Hard Work, Innovation and a Commitment to Excellence.

These are the elements which have allowed us to achieve our mission of creating music systems that provide a lifetime of excitement and discovery. They are the commitment of our team to all Ayre owners, ourselves, to the legacy of our founder Charley Hansen, and his vision for what is possible to achieve in musical reproduction.

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Ayre music system


Hi-Fi News reviews the Ayre KX-5/VX-5 Twenty

This is a stellar pre/power duo in which the musical rewards justify both the asking price and the complexity of the design. Above all, the music flows freely with natural, unforced dynamics and an exceptionally natural sense of rhythm and timing. While the VX-5 offers ample power, the KX-5 pre is easy to use with well




  • Ayre Acoustics’ QX-5 Twenty is one of the finest-sounding, most versatile digital audio products I have had the pleasure of using.
    -John Atkinson, Stereophile

EX-8 Integrated Hub

Read the new review of our EX-8 Integrated Hub by Phil Wright! Pristine, well defined, transparent.’s a well-rounded package: a single unit that switches listener focus away from the equipment and toward the music — an ideal fit for any Music-First Audiophile. Read the full review here.

QX-8 Digital Hub Review

Read the latest review of the QX-8 Digital Hub on by Steven Plaskin! I found the QX-8 Digital Hub to be a serious contender in the high-end DAC marketplace that allowed me to fully enjoy my music library with exceptional tonal neutrality and impressive resolution. Read the...




Charles Hansen founded Ayre Acoustics in 1993, following his success as a speaker designer and founder of Avalon Acoustics. Charley’s passion for absolute truth in sound reproduction led him on a 25-year endeavor at Ayre to design audio and video systems that provide a lifetime of excitement and discovery.
Charles Hansen passed away on November 28th, 2017. Those who knew Charley knew that he was a passionate man who always stood up for what he believed to be right. His spirit and his mission of creating and manufacturing the best sounding audio equipment in the world lives on in the team at Ayre.