As an ex-user of Cyrus CD8x / PSX-R and a current user of Audio Analogue Rossini VT2.0, I must say that the Rossini is definitely the better player for classical music. CD8x is analytical and lean. I could hardly listen to it for more than 1 hour. In contrast, Rossini sounds whole and warm with authority. All instruments have a real-life "body", which the Cyrus fails to do. Rossini isn't a high-end player, but it has the ability to make me forget it's existence and enjoy the music. Cyrus? No!
It's nothing to do with nationality and where the products are built, Ioni77. We rate on performance against rival products in the same price band, regardless of country of origin.
So what are you saying? That some British companies make excellent hi-fi? And that's five products out of 80 Awards.
Not bad going, johncoltrane37: a nonsensical opening and a more nonsensical (and scurrilous) conclusion
Then, loni77, you are not the only one who is entirely wrong. And no-one has deleted your posts, nonsensical though they may be
What can you say...ok lets be frank, its not british, and for the concern of the reviewers, that is always a disadvantage, sadly enough .
For the moment i ve got a cyrus CD6SE, Naim cd5i, Yamaha s-2000 and AA Rossini rev2, from my local HiFi dealer, to do a home demo.
Funny thing is that the AA Rossini is the ones that gives the best sound overall, and if you look at the things that what hifi says about the timing and "soft centred" sound, it has nothing to do with reality, AA Rossini is the most toe tapping player, along with Naim , even the detail and upper mids are just wonderful (Cyrus CD6SE, seems to bright in the treble)
Conclusion: the What Hifi test panel didn't get a free sample to bring home!
I will just quote similar opinion from review below.
As you can see,I am not the only one who thinks that you favor brtish components:
"What can you say...ok lets be frank, its not british, and for the concern of the reviewers, that is always a disadvantage, sadly enough."
I hope this time you will not delete my post...
My intention is not to prove who's just wrong or right.
Just take your time and look at several German magazines (Audio, Stereoplay) and see where there are your "winners" in comparison with others.
Their tests are quite accurate and components are rated with a score (eg 90,85,70 points), which I consider more accurate assessment of the number of stars.
And I'm not from Germany, but they are known for precision tests.
When I choose a new hi-fi, I like to read a description of the sound in the "British" way,
but where the device is compared with others I'd rather look at other magazines.
And .... my first audio system was from the UK (Rotel amp. Wharfedale speakers) back in 1982.
let's look some What hi-fi Awards for 2010:
1000-2000� Roksan-Caspian (UK)
�2000+ Cyrus CD Xt SE (UK)
�600-�1000 ATC SCM 11 (UK)
�1000-�3000 ProAc Response D18 (UK)
�3000+ Spendor A9(UK)
Yes, pity is that Rossini is not British, he could be the winner of the test.
Too bad, because it's not fair ...
Often we can see how the hi-fi components that are not from Britain rated poor in What HiFi ... while in other tests (German, Australian) with no problem winning in front of those same British components.
I had a chance to listen to Rossini on several occasions and I can say that this is a very good player, that looks good too ....and I ordered one for myself from a local retailer.
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