Despite the emphasis on alacrity, the Cyrus has no difficulty managing the club-footed rhythm of My Little Airport’s Love Is Not A Romantic Song [Harbour Records] or knitting the many disparate threads of Talk Talk’s Laughing Stock [Verve] into a convincing whole. This facility with timing consolidates the Talk Talk album into a unified statement, despite the One Cast having sufficient insight to occasionally allow you to hear the join, or the splice, where different takes have been bolted together.
So as far as audio quality is concerned, the Cyrus One Cast needs no excuses made for it. The company’s specific sonic flavour is evident throughout, and while it’s an acquired taste, years of Cyrus amps prove that’s an easy taste to acquire and there’s more than enough here to keep many a listener coming back for seconds. With the debatable exception of the missing Ethernet socket, it’s hard to pick a hole in the way the Cyrus is specified, too – the One Cast could conceivably form the heart of an expansive two-channel system for years to come. (In fact, thanks to ‘AV Direct’ mode it can power the front channels of a home cinema set-up too).
Flexibility, and thoroughly enjoyable audio performance? Is that enough for you? Cyrus will have its fingers crossed–because if you’re going start bringing up all the other stuff, about finish and perceived value and other intangibles, then it’s possible you’ll pass the One Cast by. Which, while understandable, would be a pity.
Type: Solid-state, two-channel integrated amplifier
Analogue inputs: One MM phono input (via RCA jacks), one single-ended line-level input (via RCA jacks)
Digital inputs: Two S/PDIF (one coaxial, one optical), one USB port (Type B), HDMI ARC, wi-fi (2.4/5GHz), aptX Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast, Amazon Alexa
Analogue outputs: One pre-power loop (via RCA jacks), one 6.3mm headphone socket
Supported sample rates:
Coaxial and optical S/PDIF: 16-bit, 24-bit/32kHz–192kHz
USB: 16-bit, 24-bit, 32-bit/32kHz–192kHz
Phono: 47kOhms, 50pF
Output impedance (preamp): 47 Ohms
Headphone Loads: min 8 Ohms
Power Output: 120WPC @ 6 Ohms
Bandwidth: Not specified
Distortion: THD </+ 0.02% with both channels driven (1kHz, 33% power)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 95dBA
Dimensions (H×W×D): 86 × 220 × 390mm
Manufactured by: Cyrus
Tel: +44(0)1480 410900