Well i am very surprised at this as my mono xs with the new xp dac and using dnm cable for speakers and interconnects and sounds superb. Im a fan of Metallica and people have been saying their latest cd Death Magnetic is poorly recorded but i have not heard it better since i have upgraded to the xp dac and this is with Dynaudio 62 speakers 700 quids worth. I have had Arcam and its very good a bit to warm sounding for me.. I agree to some extent with leds and cheap feet but i have black ravioli under mine and its brill. I am wondering should i trade up to the 300 xs but i will audition first i like Cyrus i went to their factory and was impressed with how they do things so i will stick with them for now. I will stress if you own Cyrus try dnm cable it was made for it .
For whats its worth, I have owned Cyrus equipment including the Mono Xs, CD8x and 8vs2 amplifier and used these to drive Sonus Faber Signums and Tannoy Kensingtons (wow) speakers. I thought the Cyrus equipment was fantastic on demo, until I went back to and compared it with an Arcam A38 and CD37.
Cyrus sounds dynamic and exciting but lacks the ability to reveal fine detail. Music with a lot going on just becomes mush. For example listen to the first few minutes of Lady GaGa's Alejandro (Fame Monster)this track has heavy synthesiser with vocals on top and really quite conjested music. The cyrus makes this just a noise. The Arcam reveals the music with ease, each instrument clearly defind, high resolution reproduction, the quality is in the detail.
I contacted Cyrus in writing about the MonoX's poor resolution and all they had to say was 'we are launching the Mono x 300 soon, that may resolve your issues, thanks for the caring customer support Cyrus
I have sold the Cyrus Mono Xs and returned to Arcam. My love of Cyrus lasted about 18 months. Quality is an other issue, just to name a few points,
power on/off leds different intensity,
cd draw on the cd8x about as smooth a jack hammer,
Cheap wobbly plastic volume control knob
Thin plastic bottoms to the so called super all shielding cast case,
Stick on feet that fall off.
Cheap die cast boxes, with plastic front inserts that dont align properly with the case (its only the injection dies that are expensive)
Cyrus- no thank you I've returned to quality engineered Arcam equipment
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