Breaking news! Jays Audio is moving to Texas and takes interest in McIntosh

Southwest audio show apparently was a big hit and a great place for audio.

It's nice to see Jay is taking an interest in McIntosh amplifiers. He has a 2 boxes in his lab containing MC 901 dual mono amplifiers that can be used to biamp lots of things including speakers , a tube/solid state amplifier. He promises a review sometime soon.

Additionally he's got brand new speakers and we don't know what they are because they are Hidden behind acoustical panels waiting to be unveiled sometime by Thanksgiving.

Jay predicts his brand will be bigger than southwest audio show.  Jays audio show coming to a Texas town near you. 

Looking forward to all the excitement. 



Interesting. In the video below, Jay relegates McIntsosh to his "Bottom Tier Amplifier List"

From the transcript: “right now let's go first on the list macintosh yes you heard it bottom of the list why company has relied a lot on their name um one of the greatest american brands there's no question about it i don't think anybody will ever dispute that about mcintosh right no doubt uh they are just an incredible company holistically speaking 

um but i am reviewing the actual sound quality of a product and not what their resume is i don't care about what they did yesterday okay if i'm if i'm hiring you i don't give a damn what you did in 1996. if i need you for a position that you need to fill today i want to know what you've done over the last five years where have you been what have you been doing careless 1996 what you did 

that's my view on macintosh i feel like their resume is great when you look back in time as of the last few years i don't feel that sonically speaking they're there now….”'

Funny how these video transcripts come across when you read them as opposed to listen to them. Not quite the same...impact.


I have been privy to many of the presentations done by Jay.

I think they are ideal for somebody attempting to learn about the aesthetic appearance of a Product and getting a gauge on the size of the product as well.

The above is where it stops, Jay is not competent as a auditioner, there is much that can and should be discussed that is not even broached upon, I have seen the Specialist also present in the Video, that does not extend the commentary to the topics that should be discussed.

I have no intention of trolling through Audio Equipment the way that is being seen, additionally, I am not overly impressed with uber expensive Audio Equipment, even if it has got the capability to show up a deficiency in my own equipment.

I know from my own experiences of standing in rooms with uber expensive equipment in use. That the notion of spending an extra £200K to get a 10%-20% if as the improvement, is a stupidity as a plan. Much better to throw in the towel than give somebody a 400% mark up on their low turnover products.

That luxury can be left to the others who join up in force with Jay in the long drawn Venture of the ’Lost leading the Lost’

Emerging soul. What? If you bothered to listen to the 90 minute explanation of why Jay sold his Lyras you would know that they " allowed him to hear things he had never heard" before and that the bass, fit and finish were first rate. He sold them because he got an immediate offer for them after it took months to unload his XVXs. This should tell you something about Rockport speakers. A used pair of Lyras had never come up for sale before. Owners keep them. I posted a thread here on the subject and Jay himself replied that what I said was spot on. Look it up. Everything is there about the Lyra and Jays opinion. Jay and I have spoken a few times about Rockport and have bought and sold a few things. Rockport has never been doing better than they are right now. All time sales record. They are looking for land to build a new complex. If you bothered to look Lyra and Orion have won multiple "bests" this year from reviewers all around the world. Orion and Lyra are two of Robert Harleys 5 best speakers of all time. The only negative is the 3Ma paint issue which wasn't actually an issue which occurred when they became a dealer for Magico. Everyone can have an opinion but mischaracterizing Jays comments (or not understanding them) and making baseless uneducated statements about a company is a problem. I am not a Jay basher. We have very very different tastes and goals but like you I think he has something to add to this hobby. I'm all for your enthusiasm but do try to put in the work yourself and to think critically about what he or anyone else says before you post.

I really cannot get through his videos. A little too “ used car salesman “ for me. Same thing that Hilde45 said but it was about the Wilson’s. At first they are the best ever. Then he goes to Munich and poo poos them. It’s no wonder Michael Fremer ignored him. 
here is the thing I don’t get. At the Next Level Hifi event in Illinois/ Chicagoland he was down to earth. Like I would go and have a meal with him. When he is not trying to sell you something he is great. 
Jay, I know this is going to be tough to read all of these posts. Real selling is about educating the customer. Asking questions and getting the customer to what they need. Plus, your audio recording equipment is really good. If this is about making money on YouTube then give us audio comparisons between equipment and media. Like digital to analog. You have a killer turntable and streamer. Use it. My library even has all different types of records. No need to buy. Plus Greg Weaver has to have some stuff you can borrow. 
it’s there. Your just not doing it correctly. 
If you do move please do not put your home theater and million dollar two channel in the same room unless done correctly. They are not the same room treatments. 
Sorry for the rant but the real Jay is in there, can he please stand up.