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Cyrus Upgrade ( Again).
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I have a Pre XPD with an X Power,   Kef IQ5SE speakers.   I'll be upgrading the speakers next year,  but have some funds now and wondered if i'll see more improvement if I add a PSXR to both pre and power amp,   or should I add another X power and run both in Mono ????

Thoughts please.

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RE: Cyrus Upgrade ( Again).

Grab a PSX-R on loan from your local dealer and give it a try Smile

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RE: Cyrus Upgrade ( Again).

lbafsaj wrote:

I have a Pre XPD with an X Power,   Kef IQ5SE speakers.   I'll be upgrading the speakers next year,  but have some funds now and wondered if i'll see more improvement if I add a PSXR to both pre and power amp,   or should I add another X power and run both in Mono ????

Thoughts please.

I'll be interested to hear whether you get any benefit from adding a PSX-R to the X Power. I'd expect you wouldn't. Adding a PSX-R to the Pre XPD should produce a significant improvement, as should getting a second X Power.

But as David says, borrow a PSX-R and try out the different permutations.

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RE: Cyrus Upgrade ( Again).

I expect adding another Xpower and running in mono will be a bigger step up, but no harm in trying the PSX-R first (on loan) then deciding.

PS.  Its' a small step (but expensive) from two Xpowers in mono to two Mono X300s Smile

The itch will be there, so the PSX-R may be the safer option.

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RE: Cyrus Upgrade ( Again).

+1 What Dandy says. Extra X power to run in mono is probably the best bang for buck move. But if you can borrow first no harm in trying all the permutations.

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RE: Cyrus Upgrade ( Again).

Is it better to run in Mono,  or both in stereo to Bi Wire ?

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RE: Cyrus Upgrade ( Again).

lbafsaj wrote:

Is it better to run in Mono,  or both in stereo to Bi Wire ?

I haven't tried either, but in theory I'd have thought mono would be much better. Interested to hear what others think.

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After much deliberation,  I got a PSX-R and added it to my Pre XPD.  I actually found that whislt it smoothed things out,  I lost the attack.  I disconneted and added it to my X-Power and found a much better improvement.  Bass was much smoother and an overall improvement in sound.   Now looking for another x power and PSX-R,  but then might try 2 mono X's.........

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I went down almost the same road except I got the second X Power first then the PSX-R 's. Using the X-Powers in mono gets the best sound for my ears. I did try the Mono 2 / 3 and the 300's were just amazing but to rich for my budget and to my ears the X-Powers with the PSX-R were about the same as the 200's and it allowed me to get the set up in stages rather than one massive outlay which is why I went down that road. 

i think the law of diminishing returns applies to hi fi more that any other hobby, apart from fine wine, as the distance between a £300 amp and a £1000 one is huge but after that you need to spend a load of cash to get the same jump. I realise that hi fi shows are not the best place to judge kit but I have listened to £50k plus set ups that are probably only just twice as good as my mid range cyrus set up. However if I had £50k to blow on a hi fi I would! 

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What about cameras and lenses?

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