STEREO TIMES – CES 2001 – SHOW REPORT – Ayon 52B Mono – by Henry Wilkenson
Driven by the Ayon 52B single-ended, class A, tube monoblocks, the sound of this system bordered on sonic magic. The speaker’s coherence is amazing given the fact that it uses five drivers. The bass was the best I’ve heard from any one box system as well as a number of systems incorporating outboard subs. The midrange was quite smooth and transparent, with a sweet top. The overall tonal balance was just on the warm side, which is fine with me. Of course this sonic manna does not come cheap: the White Lights go for $35,000 and the Ayon 52B’s for $18,000 the pair. If you ever get to hear this combo, you will understand why.
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