Comparing my Naim system to a Cyrus system at home...
The comparisons of Cyrus and Naim is a much debated topic. I decided to try for myself, just out of interest really. I currently have a Naim Supernait, Naim DAC, TeddyCap PSU, Harbeth P3esr, fed by a Mac Mini with a Wireworld optical.
The system sounds fantastic, it has some serious weight behind it for such a small set up, and the level of realism, warmth, detail and overall enjoyment is high. However, I was intrigued by the little black Cyrus boxes and what they can do. Many say the brands are like chalk and cheese, so i thought I would give them a try on a home demo.
The Cyrus system is fed by the Mac Mini still, and has the Harbeth P3esr on the end. It comprises of the DAC XP+, X-Power amplifier and the PSX-R attached to the DAC XP+.
Setting up the Cyrus is easy and the design is neat. I prefer the overall design of the Naim and it feels like it is built better. But, the Cyrus size is appealing. More importantly, when the Cyrus was up and running it was a good first impression. To be completely honest, it is not as different to the Naim as I expected. Although, im sure it will become more apparent when I switch back to the Naim set up. A couple of days in, the Cyrus seems to be a little more detailed than the Naim, and there is a little more definition to each sound, so I would describe it as being a little clearer and more forward. Saying that, the upper frequencies are more edgy and sharp, but it doesn't cross the line into irratation.
I haven't heard of many partnering Cyrus and Harbeth, but I have with Naim. However, I think the richer, smoother tone of the Harbeth (and slight rolled off treble) works really well with Cyrus. The Cyrus pushes some extra clarity through the Harbeth, which with the wrong electronics could sound too smooth for some.
I have only experienced the Cyrus for a short time and it's difficult to say which I prefer. The Cyrus has a nice level of detail which I do crave sometimes, but overall I think the Naim system might be the one that has more long term enjoyment. I will be able to evaluate when I set it up again in the next day or so.
Has anyone else tried or owned both brands? Any similar or conflicting experiences? It would be good to hear your thoughts!