Cyrus Audio 6 DAC Integrated Amplifier with DAC

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Description

The 6 DAC is our award-winning high quality amplifier and digital to analogue converter offering 57 Watts per channel. Its built-in digital to analogue converter reads the highest 24-bit files and transforms them into the music your speakers love in high definition.

As well as including the 6 DAC in your hi-fi system, you can use it to play music directly from your computer or plug it into your TV or satellite box.

This amplifier even lets you play one source in one room and another in a second room. This high quality amplifier and DAC will put new life into your music or films with a touch of our trademark Cyrus tuning. The CD t and Stream X Signature are perfect system partners to take advantage of the expert engineering of the 6 DAC.

Advanced Technology

The 6 DAC delivers surprising audio performance and value because it is based on the advanced pre amplifier circuitry from the DAC XP Signature; benefiting from a ‘trickle down’ of our most advanced technology.

Integrated Amplifier

The bi-wire output of the 6 DAC gives a full 57 Watts into 6 ohms. The power supply is a high current design that uses two transformers to completely separate the digital control stages from the sensitive audio signals.

Integrated DAC

The 6 DAC features a high performance 24/192 DAC bringing optical and coaxial inputs and a driverless USB connection, allowing plug and play connectivity to a PC or laptop.

Essential Connectivity

Six analogue inputs, a high quality headphone amplifier, Zone 2 and pre amplifier outputs gives the 6 DAC outstanding flexibility for connecting to a wide variety of audio devices.

Advanced Setup

The microprocessor controlled operating system in the 6 DAC allows extensive programming of many functions within the unit. Input naming, differing display readouts and input volume matching across all sources are just some of the possibilities.

Specifications

Outputs

  • Stereo RCA analogue: 1 pair fixed, 2 pairs variable
  • BFA speaker: Yes
  • Headphones: Yes
  • MC-BUS: Yes

Inputs

  • Optical SPDIF: 2
  • Coaxial SPDIF: 2
  • USB B: 1
  • Analogue RCA Phono: 6 pairs

File/Signal Compatibility

  • Maximum signal resolution: 24-bit/192kHz

Power Output

  • Watts into 6 Ohms: 57

Dimensions (mm)

  • Height: 73
  • Width: 215
  • Depth: 360
  • Weight: (kg)5

FAQ

Q. What is the 'Qx' upgrade for the Cyrus amplifier series?
A. The 'Qx' option upgrades an existing DAC with a reference-quality 24-bit/192kHz upsampling DAC. This effectively upgrades the performance on all 5 digital inputs with technology taken directly from our flagship DAC XP Signature, and offers the highest quality sonic upgrade to all digital inputs, including USB.

Q. What can I connect to the USB input?
A. The USB input on the DAC enabled series is a 'slave' input. This is designed to be connected to a computer which will see the amp as a USB soundcard. This means that the amplifier takes over all sound duties from a computer, so everything you would normally hear on your computer loudspeakers is re-routed through the Cyrus integrated amplifier. This is not designed for iPod, USB memory sticks, or anything other than a computer and cannot be used with these products. The USB input is also hardware-limited to 16-bit/48kHz signals. High resolution music should be streamed via a connected streaming media player.

Q. Can I connect my television or Blu-Ray player to the DAC-enabled product?
A. You can indeed connect a television or Blu-Ray player if they have either an optical or coaxial digital output. You will need to make sure that they are set up to run in PCM stereo mode as a multi-channel signal such as 5.1 surround cannot be decoded by the amplifier. Please consult the user guide of your product to find out how to convert the signal into PCM stereo.

Q. What bit-rates does the DAC support?
A. Both the standard DAC models and upgraded Qx DAC models support stereo signals up to 24-bit/192khz on the coaxial and optical inputs. The USB input will accept signals up to a maximum of 16-bit/48khz. The Qx DAC will upsample any signal to 192kHz for optimum sound quality.

Q. Can I connect my Sky box / PVR / Sonos / Apple TV device?
A. As long as your product has a digital output, then you can send this signal to your Cyrus DAC. You may have to check the user settings to ensure that it is outputting a Stereo PCM signal as the amp will not be able to decode a multi-channel signal.

Q. Can I listen to HD audio on the USB input?
A. Because the USB input only supports up to 16-bit/48khz signals, you will not get the full benefits of a 96/176/192khz or 24-bit recording. Where possible use the coaxial or optical input for best results.

Q. Can I integrate my amplifier into my home cinema?
A. If you label an input as 'AV DIRECT', this will lock the volume control at a high level on that input so that you can connect an AV product using front L+R pre outputs into the input. This will allow volume control via the AV product rather than needing to set the volume yourself for the front speakers. Please note that this function should only ever be used with an AV Processor with volume control!

Q.If I only use 2 inputs can I speed up how I access them?
A. If you find it takes too long to scroll through to your input of choice, labelling your unused inputs 'No Source' will skip that input when moving along the input list.

Q. Pressing the CD or streaming button on the remote control does nothing...
A. These buttons will only function when an input on the amp has been labelled with the corresponding input name e.g. 'CD'. You can do this for any of the 11 inputs.

Q. What is Zone 2 and how do I use it?
A. The selectable Zone 2 function allows a source to be routed externally from the amplifier. The signal is a line level output for use in another amplifier or a source with analogue input. This can also be used to connect a headphone amplifier to the amp if you have high specification headphones.

Q. I am having difficulty reading the screen
A. The menu can be customised to view either both volume and input name, large volume or large source name display. This can easily be chosen in the setup menu.

 
Designer

Why Cyrus

    Cyrus a specialist audio company built around its Research and Development team, which encourages innovative ideas, feeding our obsession for ever higher quality reproduction. Our mission is simple – we want you to enjoy your music. Working to achieve this we allocate a great deal of time to our highest performing models. The exceptional engineering and technology used in these products forms the foundations of all our models allowing even entry level hi-fi components to benefit from years of research.

    Painting with music

    why cyrus 1

    Developing ultra-high-performance audio components requires skilled audio engineers and tuning ears with regular experience of the sound of live music across different genres and venues. The process begins with a document detailing the concept for the project, describing features and techniques that may help advance the current state-of-the-art. The Cyrus R&D team is next tasked with developing this concept through a series of prototypes each subject to listening assessments as we evaluate newly available components and the evolving layout of the circuit. While we design in many known audio concepts such as star-earthing and multi-layer boards, each design inevitably presents new opportunities to investigate new techniques to tune the sound. Although the sound is by far the most important tuning goal, we must also engineer for global safety, emission and energy standards.

    The Cyrus sound is an intentionally tuned acoustic picture; we want to paint a vast soundstage encompassing width and depth in which to realistically position the performers, extend the frequency range to capture ambient sounds, create deep and tuneful bass without commercially added upper bass, set precise timing and project accurate female vocal tones.

    Each component must conform to our acoustic palette as we want all components in a system to play a part in a consistent sonic image, and never to conflict. Although detail, dynamics, soundstage and other parameters improve with each new model, the sonic signature remains constant. This is what we believe will recreate the most lifelike performance in your home. We want to resolve the fine details that reveal the emotion and passion truly great artists share with us at the recording stage. Most audio systems unintentionally filter out much of the special magic that is evident at a live performance. It is our goal to refine our art so our components transmit more of the subtle details through to your listening room.

    The Cyrus listening panel may decide to re-spin a circuit many times through the development processes in order to be sure we have explored every option to refine our design. Each board may require comparative component auditions across as many as 50 parts, each shaping small but cumulatively important changes to the overall performance.

    The logic of buying products designed to work together

    Separate components always sound better because, among other technical benefits, they each have a dedicated power supply designed for the exact purpose. Cyrus has always believed that it is vital for audio components in a system to be voiced identically; otherwise it would fall prey to acoustic chaos. For example, consider the anarchy of assembling your own sports car made up of parts originally developed for taxis, tractors and trucks. Would you reasonably expect them all to perform as a balanced supercar? No, we wouldn’t either. Cyrus believes that audio system components should be designed holistically and voiced with the same philosophy; to play harmoniously together, so they complement one another.

    Cyrus’ audiophile technologies

    why cyrus 2Servo Evolution
    Cyrus has been at the forefront of CD development since 1983 when our engineers helped develop one of the very first specialist CD players. In 2015 Cyrus wants to make the best players in the world, irrespective of price. To achieve this goal we have developed our own CD read ‘engine’ we call Servo Evolution (SE) that reads data from the disc with 20% fewer errors than leading rivals. All our CD players use this custom made for high-end audio CD ‘engine’.

    Hybrid Class D
    Until recently Cyrus had considered Class D topologies to lack the performance required for our high-end audio amplifiers. However there are many potential acoustic benefits and so following a research project, Cyrus has developed several solutions that solve barriers to Class D’s successful use. Our development of S.I.D. (Speaker Impedance Detection) means that we can automatically analyse the impedance of the connected speaker (and cable) and adjusts the Class D amplifier to accurately match the consumer’s specific loudspeakers. S.I.D. is just one of a suite of solutions that allow this valuable technology to become an exciting amplifier opportunity. 
    pdf Download our Class D whitepaper (782 KB)

    Zero Global Feedback
    Zero Feedback is a sophisticated amplifier topology that requires experienced design engineering and manufacturing controls to work well.
    However the sonic benefits are legion, providing very good distortion characteristics among many advantages.
    Sonically this is a revealing topology suitable for our most advanced and high performance models, the Mono X amplifier platform.

    Virtual Servo pre amplifier
    Cyrus believes that in many audio circuits short, direct signal paths are best. By eliminating both the coupling capacitors or the necessity for a DC servo used in standard preamplifiers to remove DC, this ingenious Cyrus design uses fewer electrolytic capacitors. We call this circuit a Virtual Servo because it does the same job, but with fewer components.

    The perfect chassis for audio
    A striking visual feature of a Cyrus system is the aesthetic lines of the half width chassis. Created by pressure die-casting aluminium, the beauty of this monolithic chassis is however more than skin deep. 

    The hand finished casework is an integral part of the products’ sound. Cyrus has invested in sophisticated die-cast tooling to create an electrically shielded and mechanically vibration free environment for the sensitive audio circuits which are hung inside the inverted chassis.

    Microphonic interference can occur when certain components transform mechanical vibration into unwanted electrical noise if the chassis is excited. The Cyrus chassis has been designed to provide an enclosure that is immune from a wide range of frequencies. This acoustically inert enclosure protects the sensitive audio components from external microphonic influences.

    Inside a common steel chassis, components such as transformers radiate electromagnetic fields which induce unwanted electric currents and secondary magnetic fields within the ferrous box, thereby adversely affecting other components in the same enclosure. In the Cyrus die-cast chassis our choice of non-ferrous aluminium means this effect is avoided.

    Read about Cyrus Chassis

    Upgradeability, a designed-in concept
    This has two major benefits. Firstly, it enables customers to build up systems over time. The initial investment is never wasted as they upgrade and add complementary components to build a better system. Secondly, it’s environmentally friendly as it extends the life of older Cyrus units when customers decide they want to improve the quality of their hi-fi system.

    Many components can be returned to the factory to be upgraded to the next level up in performance. DAC cards can be added to give digital inputs to an analogue amplifier. Our advanced Qx DAC cards can be added to improve the performance of an existing DAC. All power amplifiers are gain matched, so you can improve the dynamics and resolution of your system through bi-amping or tri-amping your speakers.

    The performance of most Cyrus units can also be improved through the addition of our PSX-R2 power supplies. This feeds the attached component with strong, clean filtered power, allowing the complex electronic circuitry to perform at its best.

    Find out about upgrades here.

    Service and support
    Did you know that Cyrus regularly restores amplifiers sold up to 30 years ago? Our customers often hand down amplifiers through generations of a family and our service team can replace parts that degrade over time to restore the amp to its original glory. This allows each generation of user to enjoy the amplifier’s superior sound quality again. We estimate that 80% of our products are still in use today, making Cyrus one of the most effective users of materials in our industry. Cyrus’ longevity is clearly in sharp contrast with products made in low cost economies that may initially retail for less, but lack the long term value of better engineered products. Our customers appreciate that quality remains treasured long after the price is forgotten.

    View our Service options.

    Made in England
    cyrus audio aboutThe Cyrus factory is in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England, where all our products are conceived. We design, prototype, tune, manufacture and support our products, both new and historic from this UK headquarters which is unusual for a modern consumer product.

    Cyrus is a privately owned company conceived and run with the core principle that, like our customers, we focus on premium stereo music systems. In a world where 99% of audio manufacturing happens in low cost economies, Cyrus has chosen to build our team of people and expertise in Cambridgeshire, where we are surrounded by a rich pool of excellence in education, technology, high-tech manufacturing and enquiring minds.

    Modern manufacturing processes mean that smaller scale, premium products can be successfully manufactured in England. In fact our decision to locate our manufacturing in one of the world’s most advanced economies, where high quality is expected, means we can set our quality standards higher. For all these reasons, our suppliers understand our requirements and because the UK is a world leader in many high-tech industries, we can access leading-edge technologies faster.

    Whether we are restoring your cherished Cyrus amplifier from 1983, or delivering a new system, Cyrus is set up to support our products over many years; and in many instances over several generations, as our products pass down through a family. We appreciate your investment in Cyrus and are proud to provide unparalleled service to extend the useful life of a Cyrus system.

    What Influences audio quality?

    Source Resolution
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    In order to perceive the vital, low level and sometimes quite subtle sounds that are the essence of a stunning performance, we want to have as much data as possible. While compressed music from DAB or online streamed services can sound good, it does not take long, even for those new to hi-fi, to appreciate that higher bit rate music sounds much better. 

    To take advantage of the fast growing marketplace for downloadable higher bit rate music, Cyrus has developed arguably the most advanced High Definition, or HD, streaming “engine”, capable of 24 bit/192k FLAC and WAV files. We can also play most other file types as well, however, it is the high resolution CD quality and HD files that offer the most exciting sound quality. 

    The chart shows the relative data rates between likely digital sources. Although most listeners agree that Bluetooth™ music at 352k is great, true hi-fi starts with CD and HD files which sound clearly better.

    Amplifier dynamics
    amplifier dynamics

    This illustration shows the relative power of our amplifiers. As outlined in the amplifier pages, there is no substitute for power because we want to reproduce the dynamics as recorded. For example, a powerful voice should sound louder than the backing singers, and so to correctly reproduce this dynamic relationship, we need strong reserves of power. 

    The percussive sound of a drum requires high dynamic (or bursts of) power to drive the speaker and therefore the more power in reserve, the more realistic the drum will sound. The chart shows how our more sophisticated amplifiers have higher headroom available, or to put it another way, better ability to provide bursts of short term power. 

    Greater power is not about playing the music louder; it’s about presenting the difference between large and small notes so they sound realistic. 
    Power is quoted into 6Ω because this is the real-world impedance of high quality loudspeakers.

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    Questions
    1. Aldo Creanza
      2020-09-18 06:24
      per collegarlo a casse non predisposte per il bi-wiring, quindi con soli due poli, come vanno collegati i cavi audio all\'amplificatore?
      • PlayStereo
        2020-09-21 14:41
        Buonasera, sarà necessario collegare i suoi cavi ai connettori rosso e nero di ciascun canale (totale: 4 convettori), lasciando non collegati gli altri 2+2 connettori supplementari.
    2. aleanimazione1
      2020-05-16 21:30
      Potrebbe rendere con delle Kef Q350?In quale classe è, AB?
      • PlayStereo
        2020-05-17 07:52
        Buongiorno, sulla carta perfettamente bene, grazie anche alla efficienza medio-alta delle kef q350. La classe di funzionamento della sezione di amplificazione è effettivamente un dato non dichiarato.
        • aleanimazione1
          2020-05-17 17:49
          Starei valutando un salto dal mio ProJect Dac Box RS + Cyrus One a questo. Un po\' per semplificare, un po\' per salire di livello ma nemmeno troppo, però, beh, non vorrei nemmeno scendere e soprattutto evitare un suono "analitico".
          • PlayStereo
            2020-05-18 05:49
            Non abbiamo ancora avuto l\'occasione di ascoltare questo apparecchio. Se l\'amplificazione fosse in classe D, l\'impostazione generale dovrebbe ricalcare un po\' quella del Cyrus One. Per un timbro leggermente più rotondo dovrebbe pensare al Rega Brio, da abbinare opportunamente ad un DAC. Rimaniamo disponibili per ulteriore consulenza personalizzata ai nostri recapiti: https://www.playstereo.com/...

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