I have a Cyrus system consisting of CDXTse2, DAC XP and two SmartPower Plus (used as monoblocks).
I am thinking of adding a PSX-R, is it worth it and where is the best place to put it?
Cyrus CD 8SE Cyrus Pre vs x and 2x Smart Power, Tannoy Eyris floorstanders.
I'm no expert on Cyrus kit but would have thought your most critical point on the power supply front would be a CD player.
However as yours is purely a transport then I would say you need it on the DAC preamp.
No doubt more knowledgeable advice will be coming along soon.
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Thanks Alears for the prompt post.
That chimes with a view I have heard elsewhere, that given the DAC XP is both a DAC and a pre amp it might have most benefit there.
Keen to hear how the views stack up.
It would be nice to see if others agree.
Maybe not of much use but the only seperate power supply made by the manufacturer of most of my kit is one that is dedicated to the Preamp.
Study: Synology ds212j (+ DS Audio) & Sonos ZP90 (Spotify & Tune-In Radio)→ Metrum Acoustics Octave DAC→ Cyrus Pre-XP (with PSX-R) + 2 Cyrus X Power → Vienna Acoustics Hadyns (Study) & ATC SCM11s (Kitchen), Beresford TC 7220 speaker switch, HiFi Racks Podium
Living Room: Macbook Air (2012 - iTunes + Bit Perfect) → M2Tech HiFace 2→ Metrum Acoustics Octave DAC →Cyrus DAC XP with PSX-R + Cyrus Mono Xs→ Vienna Acoustics Beethoven Baby Grands
my only psxr is on my pre amp. it does not make as big a difference as it did on my old 8sv2 amp but since i already owned one it went on the new pre amp. if your amps drive your speakers properly then i would not bother for them as i think it just adds power.
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+1 for putting it on the DAC XP.
Sonos Connect, Cyrus DAC XP Signature with PSX-R
Cyrus Mono X 300 Signature, Wilmslow Phoenix with Bass Extenders.
have you owned the xp and the xp signature crossie, if so, how do they compare?
I went from Pre XPDQX and 4 MonoX's straight to DAC XP sig and MonoX 300 sig. - so can't really comment on individual pereformance. Overall a big step up in detail, bass and sound stage.
ah ok, thanks for that, i guess i need better speakers to go as far as you.
i better start feeding the piggy again
I think I may need to build some better speakers as well.
Thanks ngibbs, bluebrazil, and Crossie.
Looks like a clear view towards the DAC XP, so far...
As it happens I found a section on the Cyrus web site about how the PSX-R helps the different components. Interestingly it does not even mention CD transports, but states the advantages for pre-amps, DACs and this for DAC XP Signature (presumably would apply equally to DAC XP):
"DAC XP Signature
Like the DAC X Signature, the PSX-R powers the filter stages of the DAC XP Signature, further separating the DAC and pre-amp power supplies to make the DAC XP Signature the highest performance preamp in the Cyrus range. The PSX-R furthers boosts the quality of this audiophile digital component".
Looking forward to more thoughts on this.
If only one psx-r, then I'd put it on the DAC XP, then try a second on the CD transport (and return or sell on if you don't hear much difference).
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+1 for putting the first PSX-R on the DAC-XP then the next on the CD transport, IF you have one, or have gotten hold of one half price, that is. Otherwise I'd save the cash towards new power amps.
I can't see a so-say cleaner more stable power source doing much to the 1's and 0's coming out of the CD transport, and in my experience (PSX-Rs on the CD-XT, the Pre-X, and the twin X-powers in my system), I can't honestly say I noticed much difference, except, perhaps in the dynamics of the power amps, but there you go. A certain popular internet auction site, ahem, seems to be a rich source of PSX-Rs at about half price, so I don't think I'm the only one wondering about the merits of PSX-Rs.
If / when I get around to replacing my Cyrus system here in the US, I'll probably go for Mono-X200s or X300s, and probably only put PSX-Rs on the other components if the notoriously "spikey" mains here in Houston demands them.
Yes if the first psx-r works, I'll probably get a second in due course.
I think I'll take that as conclusive on the DAC XP then.
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