Sad to announce the death of Charlie Hanson

I am reprinting the release from Ayre. Bummer. Charlie was a good guy and shall be missed.

Charles Hansen 1956 - 2017

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.

We wish you all the best over the holidays, and please play an album for Charley sometime.


Very sad news indeed. We have lost two of the “giants” of the audio industry in the last couple of weeks in Arnie and Charlie.

Agreed on both counts. I’ve enjoyed Charlie’s posts on various forums (fora?), such as on MQA and HDCD. He was outspoken and informative and designed some really good stuff. And he was younger than me–always hate when that happens.