Here is the highly regarded V-3 amp that sounds as tube-like as any tube amps but with the stability and reliability of solid state. Although rated for 100W into 8 ohms, it was not the most powerful of Ayre amps. But you won’t notice its conservative numbers unless you like your listening levels really loud or have current hungry/inefficient speakers. In various setup in our store, the V-3 amp was simply a joy to use and hear. The mid-range was smooth and textured with a sweet high and well controlled bass. Soundstage was well defined with a black background. Built quality as with any Ayre products is first class. The amp has some weight too – 55lbs. So take some care when lifting it or sliding it into your rack. As a total package piece, the V-3 ticks off on built quality, great sound and now at under $1500, a great price.
Cosmetically, the unit is in very good shape. Some minor scuff marks here and there and a hairline scratch on the top cover which was touched up. We have the original box and will securely pack this amp for safe shipping. Manual is available online.