Charles Hansen 1956 - 2017

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.

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

I was fortunate to have spent some time talking to Charley over the years and listening through one of his creations. He will be missed for his work and mischievous genius. Rest in Peace.

A Conversation with Charley

bobflood's picture

He was way too young. I noticed in the picture that he was wearing a hat. Was he undergoing chemo? Whatever the cause, it doesn't matter, he will be missed!

Steven Plaskin's picture
Charley was a talented designer and a wonderful person. His contribution to our hobby was significant.
scottsol's picture

In 2006 Charlie suffered catastrophic injuries when a motorcyclist ran in to him while he was bicycling on a mountain road. He was in the hospital for months before being released and had to return many times. He was left a paraplegic in constant pain and spent the rest of his life on strong medications.

What he accomplished in those eleven years is a testament to his character and the support of his friends, colleagues and family.