And here are the comments from Cyrus:
Sorry, in deleting an abusive comment from someone I accidentally cut a comment from Hi-fi Decision on the build quality of the new SE players.
Look out for a news story on the issue shortly, as we've gone back to Cyrus for official comment.
After reading the official comment from Cyrus I did indeed 'go back immediately' to my retailer who contacted Cyrus and told me my CD8Se would need to go back for a software update which would only take 3 days.. I telephoned the Service team at Cyrus who spoke to their R and D team, called me back and indeed confirmed the player needed to sent back in to Cyrus for a software update. I also commented that the player 'cracked' intermittantly and Cyrus said they were aware some players had this fault although did not want to comment what this fault was but mentioned a possible clock error. My retailer has offered me a new player as an alternative to sending mine away on my insistance. However if I have been receiving 'mixed messages' as Peter puts it, it has been from Cyrus and my dealer (after they talked to Cyrus).
High praise indeed !! Now I cant decide between this one and Naim CD5i. Its definitely on my audition list. I am also hearing Naim CD5i is not good for long listen which is putting me off.
I have had this player (2010 edition) for over a year now and only 3 discs has jammed out of 200. These older discs were slightly grubby once recovered and have been copied of to stop this from re-occuring (my choice). I prefer the DAC in this model compared to the 8XPd Amp and with Chord Cobra Phono leads, am more than happy with the detail and presentation offered. This player has been used as a comparison against digital media via sonos and has comfortably held its own. I look forward to upgrading this beast to the 8 Model in due course.
I decided to go for the Cd-player anyway, after the seller told me all 'issues' were solved and a discount of 300 was on offer...
So far (one week) I did have one error message though. It happended the first time I inserted a brand new, STUNNING, Abbey Road Remaster 2009 Cd by The Beatles. Since then all is fine.
For the advised 72 hours running-in period, I programmed a Cd to play in the repeat mode, but every time it started again at the beginning it stalled. I then programmed just one number in the repeat mode and all went fine. I am not really bothered as I wont use that option anymore, but still...
The difference in sound from the start and after the advised running-in period was amazing. Specially bass had improved a lot, so it was really worth it.
Another amazing improvement is switching the front light off in playing mode, the quality of sound changes from average tot top class!
Further more I fully agree with the review by What Hi-Fi.
This Cyrus CD6SE Cd-Player, in combination with a pair of Ecosse NuDiva interlinks, a Creek OBH-21SE headphone amp., a Danell STL6PC Netfilter and a Denon AH-D7000 headphone, provide me with a truly dynamic sound, with fantastic deep full tight bass and an absolute clean distortion free soundstage; awesome!!!
This is an update on my review of December 16, 2009.
After a week of use, the player stopped pulling in discs. When I took it fully off the mains and then on again, it accepted a disc once but then stopped again. If I pushed a disc in half way, and pressed the 'Stop/Eject' switch, it pulled the disc in and went into the play mode.
I got in touch with Cyrus, and I was offered a instant replacement.
The player is now on its way to the dealer, but I will upgrade to the CD8SE, because I was very happy with the audio quality of the CD6, and have even higher hopes for the CD8...?
I will keep my 'fingers crossed' for the technical side of things, and in time will leave an update and review in the CD8 section.
This player is (maybe was) on my shortlist to buy, but the issues with the CD6SE and the CD8SE, is holding me back.
Neither don I understand Cyrus's choise to opt for an Optical digital output in the CD6SE and not for the superior Coaxial one.
Do either both or just the latter, specially in this price range!
Cost �719 now. Quieter in operation than the Naim CD5i or Rega apollo. Sound quality is very good. Play the album 'The Living Road' by Lhasa de Sela to find out why it's worth spending so much on a system. All instruments are well defined and clear. I have it set up with KEF RDM 1 speakers and Cyrus 6VS2 amp. Build quality is excellent and CD loading is more simple than the Rega or Naim.
I purchased mine at the WhatHIFI show in Bristol back in Feb,2009 and 10months later it still never fails to suprise me with its presentation.It has that quality that you can build around it in the future and still have the option of upgrading the player itself.HiFi bargain!
stunning player,yes i had some disc error messages at firt, but it seems the new transport just needed some break in,i have had no issues with any cds whatsoever since the first week.I think good things come in small packages.
I have to endorse the What HiFi review, every word of it. The CD6SE is stunning sonically. Listening via my Cyrus 8vs2 plus X-Power bi-amped through ATC SCM 11s the detail, timing, dynamics and transparency are breathtaking. There is atmosphere that you can feel and touch as with the best analogue recordings. The bass is so taut, deep, realistic, that you feel there is something much lower down the scale going on.
OK so the loading mechanism is a little temperamental but it hasn't refused anything I have thrown at it, and it is much superior to the clunk of my old CD6S.
I'd give it six out of five too, if I could.
Since I bought a Cyrus CD6SE in February this year it has been returned to Cyrus on four occasions, 3 times after having a discs stuck inside and once because it would not read discs. Cyrus replaced the player after the first return, so my current player has been returned 3 times. The last time it was returned Cyrus fitted a gasket which was supposed to help with oading and ejecting. This has not solved the problem and I am now waiting for Cyrus's reponse to my reuest for either a refund or another replacement player. I am obviously loosing faith in the model and wonder if anyone else has had similar problems with the CD6SE? After the gasket was fitted by the way I noticed a deterioration in sound, which was a little harsher at the higher ends.
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