Do you like simple? I like simple. Let’s make a system hardware checklist: Ayre EX-8, DeVore Fidelity gibbon X, sonic Transporter i5 (Roon Core), NAS (music storage), iPad remote (Roon), and a router. Check.
I like system reviews. What better inaugural system to review than my very own? I’ve taken great care, over many years, to end up with this exact mix. This system gives me pleasure every single day and I’m going to tell you why.
There’s a sea of hifi gear out there, more than any one, two, or three (or more) people can cover. While we have our ideas and interests, I’d love to hear from you about what you’d like to see picked from the shoal for review.
Ayre EX-8 Integrated Hub ($5,990.00). I like to call this type of component a Network Integrated Amplifier because it offers a Roon-Ready Ethernet input (and DAC) so all you need to add is some music and a pair of speakers and you are off to the races. Between you & me, I have a thing for Network Integrated Amplifiers.
Google Chromecast Ultra ($69.00). In addition to its TV chops (I want the Criterion Chanel), Google’s Chromecast devices are now Roon-Ready making them prime candidates for a TM review.
PS Audio Sprout100 integrated amplifier/DAC ($599.00).
Alta Audio Io speakers ($4,000/pair).