Hi Howard, Thanks for keeping me informed. Look forward to hearing it! Was also considering the Ayre phono stage which you have made positive remarks about in your blog (miss it by the way!) although I know you don’t like the importer! I am interested because the balanced option suits the denon processor well.
Yes, I was then and probably would today remain impressed by the Ayre phono stage. It was ultra smooth – and beautifully built. On reflection though I concluded that despite its positive attributes, it was just a little too lush, too polite. It certainly wasn’t sterile like the Mark Levinson ML32′s Phono Stages, but it was nowhere near as incise or compelling as the LFD MCT.