Up for sale are a pair of the legendary MX-R Twenty monoblocks in excellent condition. These amps are one of my personal favorites at ANY price. Don't take my word for it though:
"For an amplifier at any price to be able to do everything superlatively well is a big ask. But as I finish writing these words, I'm listening to Bill Frisell's rhapsodic traversal of "Shenandoah," from his East/West (ALAC files ripped from CD, Elektra Nonesuch), with GamuT RS7 speakers (review forthcoming) driven by the Ayre MX-R Twenty amplifiers. The jump factor of Kenny Wollesen's snare drum, the growling palpability of Viktor Krauss's double bass, the sense of space surrounding Frisell's stereo-processed guitar, the sheer musical communication—it's hard to envisage how another amplifier could do better than this.
All I can say is that if fortune has smiled sufficiently kindly on you that you can write a check for a pair of MX-R Twenty amplifiers without breaking a sweat, you should do so—and then invite me round for regular listens."
"Perfection may always elude us, and sonic signatures may remain that force us to choose one component over another -- but no longer must those choices be dominated by having to choose between tubes and transistors. Time will tell how close Ayre Acoustics can get to perfection, and I intend to pay vigilant attention to their endeavors. Meanwhile, I can enjoy the best of both worlds, mind and body satisfied at the highest levels I’ve ever experienced in my decades of immersion in this hobby. What more could any music lover and audiophile want?"
Three important points:
1) This pair was originally manufactured as 20's. They are NOT an older pair of MXR's that were later sent to Ayre for a 20 upgrade.
2) The balance of the Ayre warranty transfers to the next owner.
3) My asking price is actually less than what an Ayre dealer can buy a new pair for.
Trades, not just for amps, might be considered if it facilitates a deal (i.e. cash and trade bait for the MXR 20's).
Please call or text me if you have sincere interest: 646-546-4442
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Additional information about the MXR 20's (including reviews) is available at the Ayre Web site which can be found here: