The bad news is coming thick and fast at the moment -- I was very saddened to learn this from Ayre:
"With heavy hearts, we regret to inform you that Charles Hansen, founder of Ayre Acoustics, has passed away on November 28th, 2017. Those who knew Charley knew that he was a passionate man who always stood up for what he believed to be right. His family knew him as a loving and dedicated father of his two children. With the passing of Charley, the world has lost one of the most creative and innovative minds in the audio industry and we have lost a good friend. While we can never replace Charley, his spirit lives on in the team at Ayre. We are dedicated to continuing his mission of creating and manufacturing the best sounding audio equipment in the world. Most importantly, we will be there for our friends, partners, and customers who have supported us over the years. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at any time. "
If you followed the recent MQA discussions on Audio Asylum that I linked to a couple of weeks back, you know Charlie Hansen had strong opinions, but he could argue lucidly and always seemed to care more for music over commerce. Many people who never met him felt that he was in their corner. He will be missed.