A round-up of stories to have featured in What Hi-Fi? this week, including news of Cyrus’s Kickstarter campaign for its SoundKey DAC and reviews of products from Audioquest and Bose.

This week, Cyrus launched a Kickstarter campaign for its SoundKey DAC, Denon unveiled two new premium AV receivers and Marantz has introduced its 6006 series of hi-fi separates.

We reviewed a diverse range of products in Bose's QuietComfort 35 noise-cancelling headphones, Audioquest's DragonFly Red DAC and Luxman's C-700u/M-700u preamp/power amp combo.

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News

Cyrus turns to Kickstarter to fund development of its SoundKey DAC

You wouldn't expect a well-established brand like Cyrus to look to Kickstarter for funding. But for its latest project it's done exactly that.

The company is looking to raise £50,000 to develop the SoundKey micro DAC for smartphones and tablets. The idea is to improve the sound quality of mobile devices, drawing as little power as possible so your phone's battery won't be drained.

You can register your interest over at the SoundKey microsite. Kickstarter pledge levels will be announced soon.

Denon unveils new premium X-series AV receivers

Last week we caught wind of Denon's plans to release its fourth generation of X Series AV amps. It has now added a couple more premium models higher up that range.

The AVR-X6300H and AVR-X4300H support Denon's HEOS multi-room speakers, Tidal, Deezer, Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay. DTS:X and Dolby Atmos are supported out of the box.

Both home cinema amplifiers are expected to go on sale October 2016.

Marantz launches 6006 Series hi-fi separates

Marantz has announced its 6006 series of hi-fi separates, replacing the 6005.

The CD6006 CD player and PM6006 stereo amplifier have been retuned and fitted with new “specially selected components” to improve sound quality over the 6005 series.

They are available to buy now for £399 each.

More after the break

Review

"The Bose QuietComfort 35s have taken the legacy range to new heights"

Bose QuietComfort 35

Bose is known for its impressive noise-cancelling headphones. With the QC35, the company has upped its game and gone wireless.

While that effective, “sound-sucking” noise cancelling remains, the QC35s also have upgraded features. It is graced with Bluetooth and NFC, and AAA batteries are now off the menu, with a rechargeable battery that will last a claimed 20 hours.

Read the full Bose QuietComfort 35 review

"The qualities that made the previous version of the DragonFly so great remain just as compelling now"

Audioquest DragonFly Red

A few weeks ago we looked at the DragonFly Black DAC. Now it's the turn of the DragonFly Red.

Audioquest’s two-pronged attack pits the Red as the more upmarket option. It features several upgrades, including a more advanced DAC and headphone amp, and a higher voltage to drive more demanding headphones.

Is it enough to justify the £170 cost? In our eyes, certainly. The Dragonfly Red is as convenient and elegant a solution out there - and it's one we highly recommend.

Read the full Audioquest DragonFly Red review

"We love the way they look and build is absolutely top class"

Luxman C-700u/M-700u

Luxman has never made a big impact on UK shores. It hopes to change that with the release of its preamplifier/power amplifier combination.

From the off the retro aesthetics and solid build make these desirable pieces of kit.

In terms of the performance, the power amp fares better than the preamp, though. Together, they're accomplished performers that keep out of the way of the music - and that's something to appreciate.

Read the full Luxman C-700u/M-700u review