Cyrus Pre2 DAC QXR Pre-amp, fitted with QXR 32/768 DAC, asynchronous USB (B)

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Take an already impressive pre-amp, add the QXR update and you’ve a truly class-leading product – the Cyrus Pre2 DAC QXR.

The QXR difference
Featuring a heavily upgraded circuit board, the QXR’s main advantage is the adoption of a reference-quality DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor). Although this improves the sound from all digital sources, the biggest benefit is with USB audio. File quality leaps from 16-bit/48kHz to studio-grade 32-bit/768kHz. It’s also compatible with DSD512 files. Factor in the asynchronous control (so no need to worry about the quality of your soundcard), and you’ve got USB connected sound of the very highest order.

Improved sound with headphones
A further benefit with the QXR upgrade is improved headphone output performance. At the same time as greatly enhancing the DAC, Cyrus improved the headphone amplifier, reducing noise in the circuit for more dynamic and detailed sound.

At the heart of a Cyrus system
Designed to be paired with the X Power, Stereo 200 or Mono X 300 Signature power amplifiers, the Pre2 DAC QXR is a key part of an integrated Cyrus system. Because the pre-amplifier section has a dedicated power supply and sits in its own casing, the sound quality is much improved over the integrated Cyrus amps. All the digital and analogue connectivity that makes these amps so popular is still present and correct, making the Pre2 DAC QXR every bit as system friendly.

Cyrus sound quality
Hand built in the UK, the Pre2 DAC QXR shows typical Cyrus attention to detail. Within the high quality casing is a dedicated toroidal mains transformer. Combined with the short signal path circuitry, this delivers typical Cyrus sound – dynamic, precise and with every detail finely etched.

Built-in DAC with USB, coaxial and optical inputs
Featuring a built-in, Burr Brown DAC and five digital inputs, the Cyrus Pre2 DAC QXR is the ideal way of upgrading all your digital sources at the same time as buying a new pre-amplifier. Older or lower spec digital devices benefit greatly in terms of sound quality by using the high spec DAC built into the Cyrus rather than their own. With two optical and two coaxial inputs you could, for example, connect your TV, set-top TV box, Blu-ray or games console and CD player. The fifth digital input takes the form of a USB interface. This lets you connect your PC or Mac and access stored or streaming music services in high resolution.

Upgrade path
Although this is already a high-end pre-amplifier with sensational sound quality, it can be upgraded still further. Simply plug-in the famous PSX-R2 and get a significant uplift in sound quality through the higher quality power supply.

Unique Cyrus design and quality
The distinctive Cyrus case offers a number of advantages over more traditional hi-fi. The die-cast casing is extremely solid and strongly resists both electrical and mechanical interference from surrounding sources. Integrated heat sink vents also keep it cool in the most discreet and stylish fashion. In terms of practically, Cyrus is a great space saver, with two units taking the space of one on most hi-fi shelves.

Get the best from your entire system, with the Cyrus Pre2 DAC QXR.
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