CYP AU-D150 review

This CYP DAC might look remarkably functional, but it's got serious sonic potential Tested at £95

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

This tempting CYP DAC packs much to like in a functional box


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    Optical ins and outs

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    impressive punch and attack

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    Slight lack of solidity

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Looking through CYP’s catalogue, it’s easy to think that the company builds products primarily designed to serve a technical purpose, rather than sound great.

However, this is the second CYP DAC we’ve had in for review, and the second with serious sonic credentials.

The AU-D150 has an optical input that can handle music files up to 24-bit and 192kHz and a USB that’s limited to 16-bit 44.1/48kHz, while on the output side you’ve got the expected RCAs and unexpected optical.

So yes, it will convert USB to optical (useful if you’re putting PC audio into a home cinema amp).

If you’re playing CD quality files there’s no huge difference between the optical and USB inputs.

Both have impressive punch and attack married to pleasant fluidity and a cohesive soundstage, and that makes for an interesting, exciting delivery with just about any music.

It’s not the most detailed DAC around, and there’s a slight lack of solidity behind the initial punch of each note, but it’s still tempting.

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