Check Analogue Seduction for the Ayre; they say it's available for home demos.
FWIW. I have dealt with Gary at Analogue Seduction, and can whole heartedly recommend them.
+1 Had a few bits off them over the years, good service.
Had an Email from a dealer offering me a part ex with the Sugden on an ex demo Lavardin IT, not such a good deal in financial terms though... do you think this would be a better change of amp than the Perreaux?
The Lavardin cables are pretty expensive so if I plumped for the IT, I'd have to leave them for the time being.
It does erk me a bit that there's no remote for the IT... just as well I'm not sat far from the amp then.
Accuphase E350 amp, Electrocompaniet EMC1UP CDP, Siltech 25th Classic anniversary 330I XLR Harbeth Super HL5 on Sound Anchor Quod ELS63 stands, Chord Odessey2 speaker cable. Grado SR60 headphones.
As Acalex found with the IS, you may find it sounds a bit ordinary without the cables.
Would not having a remote control end up bugging you on a daily basis?
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I am taking home a Lavardin IT next week...I will for sure share my impressions.
The difference Lavardin cables made with the IS reference was unbelievable...it must be part of the package imo.
Heard the Sudgen Masterclass today...I might have opportunity to try next to each other a Masterclass and a Lavardin IT if you want...
So Alex, any initial thoughts on the Sugden?
I have heard the IT and personally didn't find it ordinary... the SQ wasn't a million miles from the Sugden's If anything, I found the Lavardin to have better resolution and sweeter harmonically.
As for the lack of a remote, it only controls the volume and I'm that close, I only have to stretch a bit from my seat to touch the control. If had to mute it at any time, there's always the CDP remote.
Great amp! Just wrote something here...
That's great. I haven't heard the IT, so it's probably a good step up from the IS (as it should be).
As I would expect at almost twice the price
What would be interesting to know, is how the IS Ref with Lavardin cables (i/c, s/c, p/c), compares to the IT with ordinary ones.
Indeed, hopefully Alex will enlighten us next week.
Still agonising whether to go for Perreaux, or Lavardin!... certainly haven't read a bad word about the latter, nor come to that, the Perreaux, just doesn't get the same exposure.
Did you compare the two against each other?
Unfortunately, unable to demo the Perreaux... dealer too far and unwilling to home dem, as has other interested buyers, but given me first refusal.
I might be able to do this if you are still interested...as Roby was also very impressed by a Perreaux amp and we found in the same city a dealer stocking them. Need to get the Lavardin as home demo first...which might happen tomorrow or Tuesday.
I fear that might be a bit too late for me, as I think the dealer will want to move the Eloquence 150I on ASAP.
Nevertheless, I would still be interested in yours and Roby's thoughts if you do get to hear one.
BTW, there's a couple of dealers over here in the UK with your favourite speakers for sale; Central Audio and Midland Audio
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