Ayre QX-8 Digital Hub/DAC/Headphone Amplifier

Code: A-QX8-240
  • £5,950.00
  • (FREE UK Delivery)
| Usually dispatched within 24 hours
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The QX-8 Digital Hub provides a total solution for state-of-the-art digital music reproduction. An Ethernet cable, USB source, or most any digital component connected to the QX-8 will allow you to enjoy a vast digital music library. You can also simply plug-in your favorite set of headphones and enjoy a musical experience that invigorates your soul. Built around Ayre’s exclusive innovations, the Ayre QX-8 includes fully-balanced, zero-feedback (real-time) circuitry throughout for natural musicality.

Available Versions:

  • Digital Base (S/PDIF Inputs Only)
  • USB (Asynchronous USB Added to Digital Base)
  • Net (Ethernet Added to Digital Base)
  • Full (Both USB and Ethernet Added to Digital Base)

The QX-8’s modularity makes it amazingly versatile. Featuring up to eight digital inputs (Ethernet, USB, AES/EBU, S/PDIF (2), and Toslink (3) ) it’s prepared to be the digital hub for most any system. With the Ethernet module installed, it is Roon-ready and pre-configured to stream Spotify, Qobuz, and Tidal. The QX-8 will integrate into virtually any home system today and is designed to be upgradeable for inevitable future technologies.

Key Features:

  • 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 Diamond output stage
  • Ayre’s exclusive Equilock gain stage
  • Linear analog power supply
  • High-speed circuit board material
  • Up to eight digital inputs:
  • Ethernet, Asynchronous USB,
  • AES/EBU, S/PDIF (2), Optical (3)
  • AyreLink communication system

The QX-8 also allows you to immerse yourself in music with your favorite headphones. Taking full advantage of the robust Ayre analog 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, allowing music to flow effortlessly into your life. The QX-8 delivers Ayre’s latest innovations in a single chassis, giving you authentic music, at an unexpected price.

Technical Specifications:

  • 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)
  • Line Output: 4.5 Vrms balanced, 2.25 Vrms single-ended
  • Headphone Output: 9.0 Vrms balanced, 4.5 Vrms single-ended
  • XLR Input Polarity: Pin 1 = Ground / Pin 2 = Non-inverting (Positive) / Pin 3 = Inverting (Negative)
  • Power Consumption: 60 watts in operating mode
  • Dimensions: 17.25″ W x 13.00″ D x 4.5″ H / (44cm x 33cm x 11.5cm)
  • Weight: 12.5 pounds (5.7 kg)

We endeavour to despatch same day for orders placed up to 12 noon on available stock items (items with stock message "Usually dispatched within 24 hours"). Please remember to check with us first for a physical stock check if next day delivery is important to you. Any items with stock message "Usually dispatched within 72 hours" are items that we do not hold in stock but order in from the importer or manufacturer as soon as a customer order is recieved. Occasionally these may be delayed beyond 72 hours due to importer/manufacturer stock levels but we will inform you as soon as we can if this is the case.

UK ORDERS:  We despatch the bulk of our UK mainland items on a 24 hour service – Free of Charge.  Non Mainland locations - Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, the Scilly Isles, the Scottish highlands and Islands, the Channel Islands and Northern Ireland may take a day or so longer and are not Free of Charge. Smaller items are delivered using Royal Mail recorded delivery or special delivery. Larger items are delivered using a courier service such as Interlink Express, DPD, UPS or DHL. 

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS: We offer competitive rates which can be confirmed by email. Please just ask – we will need a full delivery address and telephone number. Smaller items are delivered using Royal Mail Small Packets Airmail with International Tracked and/or Signed depending on value of item and availability of the service. Larger International shipments are sent by insured and tracked services using DPD, DHL or UPS. If there are any delays due to specific customs regulations, etc, you will be contacted by Turntableworld or by the courier with a request for any further information required. Customs duties do not apply for shipments into any EU country (for a full list please refer to the EU Country List). Customs duties can apply for countries outside of the EU. Customers in these countries are responsible for all taxes and duties incurred when the items enter their country.

COLLECT IN STORE OR HOME INSTALL:At the request of the manufacturer some items cannot be supplied by mail order but you can click and buy them and then elect to collect them from our store or arrange a home install (if applicable). Applicable items clearly state that they are Collect in store or home install. Once ordered you will receive a message prompting you to contact us by phone or email to arrange for us to deliver and install or to reserve and collect from our store at your convenience, you will also be advised of the delivery time / stock availability as not all Home install / collect in store items are held in stock. 

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