Cyrus Pre₂ DAC

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Cyrus Pre₂ DAC DAC preamplifier

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Cyrus Pre DAC & X Power

Cyrus Pre DAC & X Power - STEREO (Germany) review
  • A particular strength of Cyrus has always been timing – and it still is. The components have exemplary qualities in terms of flow and rhythm - building up the sound pattern from the eminently important bass and middle range, which is very characteristically transmitted completely without breaks - is richly facetted and enormously natural.
  • Hardly any other piece of equipment in the same price range, but of a different make, will exceed or at best equal a Cyrus amplifier in reproducing the human voice.
  • The energy balance is also right and ensures that nothing is annoying or drifts off into the world of clinical analysis. The soundstage is nicely illuminated, well thoughtout in its depth and width. The space-time allocations are authentic, delivering an amazing image, and with it a convincing credibility of the dimensions illustrated. It sounds very open, free and detached.
    • Outstanding laboratory results. All values measured are absolutely at the top of the range, although it is of course the distortion, noise and crosstalk values which are the most interesting.
    • Elegant, rhythmic “swinger” and excellent pre-amplifier with high-quality D/A converter. Upgradable.
    • Respectable output performance, certainly sufficient for most applications with substantial spare capacity and top-quality values in all important categories such as extremely low distortion and low noise.
    • Despite its compact size, powerful and colourful mono/stereo power amplifier with pronounced audiophile virtues.

Cyrus Pre Qx DAC & X Power - Stereoplay review

Cyrus Pre Qx DAC & X Power - Stereoplay verdict

Cyrus Pre DAC Qx & X Power

Cyrus Pre Qx DAC & X Power - Stereoplay review
  • Cyrus Pre Qx DAC
    Overall rating: Outstanding 91 points 
    Price / Performance: Good - Very Good
    • +quick off
    • +very open and pointed in the space map
  • Cyrus X Power
    Overall rating: Good - Very good 74 points 
    Price / Performance: Good - Very Good
    • +black and edged in the bass
    • +punchy mids
  • Husqvarna Group from Sweden delivers the aluminum die-cast housing to Huntington, where it is fitted at the Cyrus headquarters.
  • It goes forward - deep black bass and potent. The energy was so strong that ultra-compact speakers seemed overwhelmed a trace in our test. The high speed and thrust yearn for an adequate customer - the power hungry, the stronger the picture.
  • Cyrus is on the opposite side of the ear flatterer. This had hands-on presence in an adagio of Monzart. Without the trace of sentimentality, crisp and information rich.
  • With Magico Q3 (40.000EUR): The extremely clean sound - In the listening room began the burn in period with the little Cyrus Vor-/End-Kombi. And indeed: The Q3 also runs on smaller amplifiers. Even at party levels made ​​the fun.
Cyrus Pre XP & 8 Power - What Hi-Fi review

Cyrus Pre XP d & 8 Power

CYRUS - What Hi-Fi 5 Stars
  • Cyrus seems to be incapable of producing lack-lustre amplifiers - this preamp used in clonjunction with the 8 Power amp is a mighty combo
  • Exposes layer after layer of detail
  • Fast, punchy and precise delivery
  • Sensational timing
Cyrus Pre XP & 8 Power - Hi-Fi Choice review

Cyrus Pre XP d & 8 Power

Hi-Fi Choice logo
  • Detailed and subtle, with little character added to sound
  • "They are capable of a very high degree of subtlety"
  • "One of the most revealing combinations in the test, its character (or lack of it) making it a very honest and straightforward part of the reproduction chain"

Cyrus Pre₂ DAC Features:

  • Audiophile DAC preamplifier
  • 24bit/192kHz  top quality digital section
    • Burr Brown DAC
    • Carefully designed power supply
    • Extensive use of Star-earthing
  • Extremely short signal path: Reduced crosstalk and extremely low distortion, preserving signal purity
  • Digitally-controlled analog volume control: ±0.2dB channel balance for accurate and stable soundstage
  • Three modes LCD display operation: "Small input", "Large input" and "Large volume"
  • PSX-R2 socket to upgrade for greater resolution and dynamics
  • Suitable for the new QXR digital interface upgrade
Cyrus QXR DAC Module
QXR DAC Module


Product Overview

Twin transformers feed two separate power supply stages each with further sub regulation. The main 130 VA toroidal transformer with 5 regulated rails is twinned with a separate toroidal transformer for control systems.

We have fitted this model with higher quality components than may be expected for a model at this price point. This has enabled us to tune the sound to be extended and open enough to convincingly replay large scale music such a major symphonic or powerful rock programs. It is not an easy decision to tune the sound to be more expansive than previous models, but because our latest generation of CD players deliver better controlled high and low frequencies the Pre₂ DAC can therefore be tuned take full advantage of the better controlled frequency extremes our state-of-the-art CD players provide.

A new Cyrus power supply incorporates new components that allow the pre-amplifier to consume less than one watt when in standby. The second transformer also allows us to separate sensitive low level analogue signals from digital and control systems. 

Technical Information

Distortion: 0.002%, 1kHz 
Frequency Response: 0.1Hz – 500Khz (-3dB)
Input Sensitivity for 1V Output: 500mV
Input impedance: 40kOhm (RCA).
Output Level: 3V (for 1.5V Input)
S/N Ratio: 108dBA (unWTD)
Channel Balance: ±0.2dB (0dB to -63dB)
Volume control accuracy: ±0.1dB (0dB to -63dB)
Dimensions (H x W x D): 73 x 215 x 360 mm
Finish: Brushed black, Quartz silver
Weight: 5kg

Line inputs:
6 analogue

Digital inputs:
2 electrical SPDIF (24bit/192kHz)
2 optical SPDIF (24bit/192kHz)
1 USB Computer slave input (16bit/48kHz)

Zone 2 / Tape-out
Preamp-out (x 2)

Enclosure: Cyrus Inverted die-cast chassis
Material: Lightweight non-magnetic alloy

CYRUS chassis
CYRUS chassis

Internal power Supplies
1 x 130 VA Toroidal transformer with 5 regulated rails
1 x Separate toroidal transformer for control systems

External power Supplies
Highly regulated PSX-R2 upgradeable

Cyrus Pre₂ DAC + PSX-R silver Cyrus Pre₂ DAC + PSX-R black
Cyrus Pre₂ DAC + PSX-R2

MC-BUS™ System BUS
Remote Control Supplied with Cyrus system remote control

Standby power consumption
Less than 1W

Cyrus Pre₂ DAC rear panel drawing
CYRUS_Pre2_DAC_Brochure_(PDF) CYRUS_Pre2_DAC_Guide_(PDF)
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