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post #76 of 764
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Originally Posted by alpha421 View Post
 

Have fun. I assume you'll visit the Definitive Audio on Roosevelt. If you plan to purchase one, I was told that they have an unopen unit.

 

Right, Roosevelt is the closer store for me.  I won't go until after the holidays... and probably after the harsh financial light of January has subsided.

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NOTE:  If you can't see the embedded video above, please CLICK HERE to see the video.

 

Produced by Joseph Cwik and Jude Mansilla

 

In this episode of Head-Fi TV, Alex Brinkman from Ayre Acoustics visits Head-Fi HQ to talk about the Ayre Acoustics Codex, their new desktop balanced DAC/amp/digital preamp. Ayre Acoustics is the company behind the outstanding Ayre QB9 DSD DAC, and is also behind the engineering of the Pono Player. The Codex is Ayre's their first foray into our world of premium personal audio under the Ayre Acoustics flag.

 


 

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post #78 of 764
Time for them to get into portable amp.
post #79 of 764

Too bad that this device can't run on Batteries :-(   It will have been a vert potent "transportable" solution !

 

And why 2 x 3,5 mm jack for Balanced instead of the standard 4 pins XLR !! (or mini-XLR) ??


Edited by bmichels - 12/14/15 at 1:52pm
post #80 of 764
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post
 

Too bad that this device can't run on Batteries :-(   It will have been a vert potent "transportable" solution !

 

Get a Pono and listen to it in balanced mode. You won't get the full-on Codex experience, but it will be quite good.

post #81 of 764
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post
 

Too bad that this device can't run on Batteries :-(   It will have been a vert potent "transportable" solution !

 

And why 2 x 3,5 mm jack for Balanced instead of the standard 4 pins XLR !! (or mini-XLR) ??

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Originally Posted by yage View Post
 

 

Get a Pono and listen to it in balanced mode. You won't get the full-on Codex experience, but it will be quite good.

I was actually at a meet with @yage yesterday, listening to the Pono and Codex. I think there is a legitimate reason the Codex needs an electrical outlet.

 

Also, the 4-pin XLR is just a cable easily bought. He had one with the Codex, and I have one for my Pono. Easy peasy...plugs into any standard 4-pin XLR headphone.

 

Last, it's actually kinda big. It was bigger than the Meier Audio Corda Rock and Grace Design m9xx. People commented that the Grace was only semi-portable. No such comments were made regarding the Codex. It is a significant wall-powered upgrade over the Pono.

post #82 of 764
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Originally Posted by sheldaze View Post
 

I was actually at a meet with @yage yesterday, listening to the Pono and Codex. I think there is a legitimate reason the Codex needs an electrical outlet.

 

Also, the 4-pin XLR is just a cable easily bought. He had one with the Codex, and I have one for my Pono. Easy peasy...plugs into any standard 4-pin XLR headphone.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post
 

Too bad that this device can't run on Batteries :-(   It will have been a vert potent "transportable" solution !

 

And why 2 x 3,5 mm jack for Balanced instead of the standard 4 pins XLR !! (or mini-XLR) ??

 

 

Ugh I'm there too, I think this has to do with Sony's Launch of the MDR Z7 which used dual 3.5mm in put, they an others  may be trying to push for a some what "simpler" balanced output, as the 4pin XLR is a little alien to consumers who aren't farmillar with quality audio products, having a dual 3.5mm balanced may make more sense to them 

Still though I'll be skipping over this unit as I don't have any dual 3.5mm plugs :/ an the market has plenty of other balanced amps using the 4pin XLR output, though hopefully we will see maybe a variant with the 4pin XLR out 

post #83 of 764

Hi Head-Fi'ers,

Alex Brinkman from Ayre Acoustics chiming in here just to let you all know you can ask us any questions you like when it comes to the Codex. We'll be checking in on this thread from time to time, with no regularity or frequency, but just enough for you guys to get your questions answered. Thanks so much for your feedback and astute comments with regard to the Codex. We very earnestly developed this product to specifically enter the headphone world knowing how serious, passionate, and enthusiastic you all are about music. Many of you have heard or heard of our QB-9. We are grateful that the community of Head-Fi'ers have generally felt as positive about it as we have, and we're excited to finally be able to add on to what the QB-9 did with the Codex. We're also really grateful to be able to provide all of you with a way to finally plug a set of headphones directly into one of our products! Many of us here, including Charlie and Ariel have been fans of headphones for a long time and are really happy to have all of you out there. Your existence makes it possible for us to pursue our passion and love for music, so we don't take you for granted. It's because of you that we exist, not the other way around! And the same goes for the Codex. Without the headphone community, we know well that there would have been no reason for us to develop the product. So you have yourselves to thank for its existence at all.

We here at Ayre are attempting to create a relationship with the headphone community through the Codex, thanks in advance for the positive interactions here on Head-Fi, we look forward to growing with you and for you.

 

Thank you all very much!

-Alex

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post #84 of 764
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Originally Posted by ayreacoustics View Post

Hi Head-Fi'ers,
Alex Brinkman from Ayre Acoustics chiming in here just to let you all know you can ask us any questions you like when it comes to the Codex. We'll be checking in on this thread from time to time, with no regularity or frequency, but just enough for you guys to get your questions answered. Thanks so much for your feedback and astute comments with regard to the Codex. We very earnestly developed this product to specifically enter the headphone world knowing how serious, passionate, and enthusiastic you all are about music. Many of you have heard or heard of our QB-9. We are grateful that the community of Head-Fi'ers have generally felt as positive about it as we have, and we're excited to finally be able to add on to what the QB-9 did with the Codex. We're also really grateful to be able to provide all of you with a way to finally plug a set of headphones directly into one of our products! Many of us here, including Charlie and Ariel have been fans of headphones for a long time and are really happy to have all of you out there. Your existence makes it possible for us to pursue our passion and love for music, so we don't take you for granted. It's because of you that we exist, not the other way around! And the same goes for the Codex. Without the headphone community, we know well that there would have been no reason for us to develop the product. So you have yourselves to thank for its existence at all.
We here at Ayre are attempting to create a relationship with the headphone community through the Codex, thanks in advance for the positive interactions here on Head-Fi, we look forward to growing with you and for you.

Thank you all very much!
-Alex

Hi, Alex,

I'll be the first victim.

I've been extremely happy with the Codex. But due to the lack of a remote volume control, I need a dithered software volume control to use in combination with Roon.

Roon has recently integrated HQ Player, so I'm considering that option. Could you please ask Charlie and Ariel their opinion about the best digital filtering options and output settings in HQP to use with the Codex? How do they feel about applying digital filters in the computer before sending the file to the Codex? In terms of output settings with HQ Player, is there a "sweet spot" for the Codex (i.e. DSD 128 vs PCM 384)?

A short guide to HQP is here: http://soundgalleries.com/articles/hqplayer/

I realize that this may be like asking a chef how much salt or pepper they'd recommend adding to a dish they've just cooked, but would be very interested to get their opinion.

Thanks in advance.
Edited by Latitude94941 - 12/29/15 at 6:24pm
post #85 of 764
Audiostream review:

http://www.audiostream.com/content/ayre-acoustics-codex-usb-dac-headphone-amp-digital-preamp

Looks very nice. I'm interested in the Codex for use as a DAC/Pre. Wondering how this would compare to the Benchmark DAC2 HGC.....

@Alex from Ayre (or anyone with the device) - Could you possibly answer a couple technical questions?

- Do the balanced and single-ended outputs operate simultaneously?
- Does USB HID volume control work i.e. can you control the volume of the Codex from computer software such as iTunes, Audirvana, etc via USB?
Edited by occamsrazor - 12/31/15 at 12:51am
post #86 of 764
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Originally Posted by ayreacoustics View Post
 

Hi Head-Fi'ers,

Alex Brinkman from Ayre Acoustics chiming in here just to let you all know you can ask us any questions you like when it comes to the Codex. We'll be checking in on this thread from time to time, with no regularity or frequency, but just enough for you guys to get your questions answered. Thanks so much for your feedback and astute comments with regard to the Codex. We very earnestly developed this product to specifically enter the headphone world knowing how serious, passionate, and enthusiastic you all are about music. Many of you have heard or heard of our QB-9. We are grateful that the community of Head-Fi'ers have generally felt as positive about it as we have, and we're excited to finally be able to add on to what the QB-9 did with the Codex. We're also really grateful to be able to provide all of you with a way to finally plug a set of headphones directly into one of our products! Many of us here, including Charlie and Ariel have been fans of headphones for a long time and are really happy to have all of you out there. Your existence makes it possible for us to pursue our passion and love for music, so we don't take you for granted. It's because of you that we exist, not the other way around! And the same goes for the Codex. Without the headphone community, we know well that there would have been no reason for us to develop the product. So you have yourselves to thank for its existence at all.

We here at Ayre are attempting to create a relationship with the headphone community through the Codex, thanks in advance for the positive interactions here on Head-Fi, we look forward to growing with you and for you.

 

Thank you all very much!

-Alex


The Codex looks very interesting.  Any chance that DSD 256 playback would be added to the Codex as an upgrade?  Would like to have a unit that plays all of my DSD and FLAC files with headphones.

post #87 of 764
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Originally Posted by ayreacoustics View Post
 

Hi Head-Fi'ers,

Alex Brinkman from Ayre Acoustics chiming in here just to let you all know you can ask us any questions you like when it comes to the Codex. We'll be checking in on this thread from time to time, with no regularity or frequency, but just enough for you guys to get your questions answered. Thanks so much for your feedback and astute comments with regard to the Codex. We very earnestly developed this product to specifically enter the headphone world knowing how serious, passionate, and enthusiastic you all are about music. Many of you have heard or heard of our QB-9. We are grateful that the community of Head-Fi'ers have generally felt as positive about it as we have, and we're excited to finally be able to add on to what the QB-9 did with the Codex. We're also really grateful to be able to provide all of you with a way to finally plug a set of headphones directly into one of our products! Many of us here, including Charlie and Ariel have been fans of headphones for a long time and are really happy to have all of you out there. Your existence makes it possible for us to pursue our passion and love for music, so we don't take you for granted. It's because of you that we exist, not the other way around! And the same goes for the Codex. Without the headphone community, we know well that there would have been no reason for us to develop the product. So you have yourselves to thank for its existence at all.

We here at Ayre are attempting to create a relationship with the headphone community through the Codex, thanks in advance for the positive interactions here on Head-Fi, we look forward to growing with you and for you.

 

Thank you all very much!

-Alex


 I just picked up a demo unit today! Not being able to control the volume from the USB driver control panel is a problem. Any work around?

 

Thanks!

post #88 of 764
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Originally Posted by Matt-Helm View Post
 


 I just picked up a demo unit today! Not being able to control the volume from the USB driver control panel is a problem. Any work around?

 

Thanks!

 

What OS and software are you using out of interest? If you can't control the volume from a computer via USB that would be a major downer for me....

post #89 of 764
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What OS and software are you using out of interest? If you can't control the volume from a computer via USB that would be a major downer for me....


​I'm using Windows 10. JRiver Media Center 21.0.23

 

Ayre has a Windows USB driver that you need to install. The driver was installed in Windows 7 compatibility mode. No Windows 10 native support.

 

I've tried everything I can think of to control the volume via software. No luck.

 

On the flip side.. The Codex really makes my HD800's come to life! I'm coming from a Marantz HD-DAC1 and i'm blown away by the difference.

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There's a way to set JRiver to use "internal volume" to do it. So yes, there's a way to control the volume via software. It's odd because nothing in the Windows 10 volume mixer works... even setting the volume mixer to Speakers  (Ayre USB Interface Audio).

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