original or one of the 4 succeeding factory upgrades? Nice sounding dac in any case
Original QB9 from original owner. Trying to reserve judgement as it is still warming up.
We have an Ayre Codex, but the USB input went haywire.
Got the QB9 for a fair price thinking it will get us through the holidays, or possibly a little longer as we get the Codex repaired
Keeping my eye out for an Exasound E32/E62 or maybe a Yggdrasil LIM on the secondary market. If neither materialize then I may send the QB9 away for the 'twenty' upgrade. I hear that is a pretty nice DAC
I had the Codex, very good DAC but I hated the USB Audio and Toslink inputs after a while.
Indeed. Sonically I am really impressed with that little box. I would be happy to live with it, but after making some cabling upgrades, I can't help but feel we are leaving some performance on the table.
We like the Codex a lot though, and with synergy in mind, moving up the Ayre chain to a QB-9 'twenty' seems to be the obvious choice. But USB in only... Might be a deal breaker!
Ayre isn’t going to change with their focus on USB. Their pricing also sucks.
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