Cyrus Stream XP2-QX review

Best streamer £1500+, Awards 2014. This superb streamer sounds absolutely fantastic Tested at £2300

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

Best streamer £1500+, Awards 2014. Cyrus has done it again – this superb streamer sounds absolutely fantastic


  • +

    Fast, precise sound

  • +

    can handle 24-bit/192kHz files

  • +

    plenty of features


  • -

    A smartphone app would be more intuitive than the remote control

Why you can trust What Hi-Fi? Our expert team reviews products in dedicated test rooms, to help you make the best choice for your budget. Find out more about how we test.

The Cyrus XP2-Qx is an all-in-one music streamer, DAC and preamplifier, and is being hailed as the flagship of the company’s streaming products. It’s an upgraded version of the Stream XP (£2000), and the extra £300 marks the inclusion of Cyrus’s top-end Qx DAC.

MORE: Awards 2014 - Best streamers


The company’s streamers have all enjoyed a software upgrade. They can now stream high-resolution files up to 24-bit/192kHz (up from 24-bit/96kHz), and can now handle Apple Lossless tracks, too.

Cyrus also provides a slick dedicated controller, the ‘n-remote’, with a built-in colour display that shows artwork, menus and track information. It’s not as intuitive as a smartphone app would be, but it’s handy having all the track information to hand.


Stream Massive Attack’s Teardrop and the Cyrus doesn’t lose a single ounce of the ethereal vocals. It has all the hallmarks of the Cyrus sound: detail is breathtaking, the timing is razor sharp but never clinical, and the delivery is fast and uninterrupted.

There’s plenty of space at the top end for the music to reach a natural high without ever feeling strained or getting too bright, while basslines are agile and strong.


The Stream XP2-Qx serves up an energetic, enthusiastic and truly immersive performance, with both the Qx DAC module and improved software proving to be worthwhile additions.

We’d have absolutely no problem dishing out the extra cash for this fantastic streamer.

MORE: Awards 2014 - all the winners

See all our music streamer reviews

Follow on Twitter

Join whathifi.comon Facebook

What Hi-Fi?

What Hi-Fi?, founded in 1976, is the world's leading independent guide to buying and owning hi-fi and home entertainment products. Our comprehensive tests help you buy the very best for your money, with our advice sections giving you step-by-step information on how to get even more from your music and movies. Everything is tested by our dedicated team of in-house reviewers in our custom-built test rooms in London, Reading and Bath. Our coveted five-star rating and Awards are recognised all over the world as the ultimate seal of approval, so you can buy with absolute confidence.

Read more about how we test