Plenty of inputs, but no USB - and is the sound starting to show its age, too?
A traditional-sounding pre/power amp combi from Cyrus, that works hard to establish itself against the competition
We'd be tempted to describe this as the 'baby' of the Cyrus range, except that all current Cyrus products share the same baby dimensions, physically. Several of them are heavier than this one, though, suggesting - correctly - that it's not a vastly powerful unit. In fact, its rated output is by some margin the lowest here, at 40 watts.
For over twenty years now, we’ve been reviewing CD players ‘made by’ specialist manufacturers – a proportion of which are manufactured by a very small number of companies (originally Philips or Sony, these days just as likely to be an unpronounceable Chinese outfit), who produce CD transport mechanisms as complete assemblies. Take one of these, add a D-A converter, an output stage, a display and a power supply and you’ve ‘made’ a CD player... of sorts.
This is another interesting take on the old pre/power concept, since apart from the obvious fact that the power amps are physically discrete monoblocks, the preamp is also a DAC. Where Bryston’s pre/DAC is very much a preamp with a DAC board added, this one is historically a DAC (the DAC-X exists happily in its own right) with a preamp added, though the integration is such that the term ‘digital preamp’ would probably describe it better.