The CD resurgence? Yes. It’s happening. And it will need CD Players.
Step in Ayre Acoustics, no stranger to making some of the most awarded and fondly remembered disc spinners of our recent youth.
I remember attending one of the first debuts of Ayre’s early-to-market QB-9 USB DAC, and thinking — well, it’s all over for my CD collection. But luckily, I don’t throw away anything music related. I may sell something once in a while, but parting ways, not easy.
We first reported on the CX-8 during our coverage of the Munich High-End Show back in the before times of 2019 (linked here).
More information, specs, and pricing is available in the press release below.
Introducing the CX-8!
It’s time to dust off your CDs and get them ready to shine like never before!
No other CD player delivers music like the Ayre CX-8. We’ve combined over twenty years of experience making disc spinners with our very latest digital and analog technologies to create this fantastic CD player. Its sophisticated single-pass 16x Minimum Phase digital filter allows the subtle sonic details in your favorite discs to shine through. Our fully-balanced, zero-feedback analog circuit delivers breathtaking transparency and renders your music against a rich deep background.
If you’re like us, you have hundreds, if not thousands, of CDs in your collection. Bring those discs back to life and hear them in the best way possible through the CX-8’s Equilock gain stage and Diamond output circuitry.
Meticulously rendering the music from your CDs with a lifelike quality that will have you listening for hours, the Ayre CX-8 is likely the last disc spinner you’ll ever need.
We’ve put 20+ years of our research and development work into the CX-8.
It has all of our latest digital and analog technology.
- Zero-feedback, fully-balanced discrete circuitry
- 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
The CX-8 will continue the CX-7’s tradition as a reliable, upgrade-able, and incredible sounding Red Book CD player. The CX-8 will retail for $5,450 as a basic CD player. It will have USB and Ethernet streaming options coming in a few months.
Pick out one of your favorite discs, kick back, and get ready to seriously level up your CD collection!