FAQ - CD Players
Q. Which is the best upgrade to make to my CD8 SE2 first?
A. We would recommend returning to your retailer for a demonstration of the PSX-R power supply. The PSX-R brings benefits in resolution of detail and sound staging.
Q. Will the CD8 SE2 and CD6 SE2 play CD-R compilations I have made?
A. Yes, the CD 8 SE2 and the CD 6 SE2 will play CD-R (write once) discs, but the discs must be 'closed session' recordings.
Q. Will the CD 8 SE2 play MP3 files?
A. No, this type of compression system is designed to enable compact storage of music files on a computer with a consequential loss of quality.
Q. What is SE2?
A. At the core of our SE CD players is our unique Servo Evolution engineering. The SE 'Engine' is the most accurate CD data recovery system in the world and has been specifically developed for audiophiles to deliver a far superior CD performance. SE2 is Cyrus' latest generation of Servo Evolution. It has been developed so that it retains all of the sonic attributes of its predecessor but now includes many incremental improvements including faster response times, wider disc tolerance and improved ability to play non Red Book discs (see below for details). Many Cyrus CD players and all Cyrus SE CD players can be upgraded to this latest edition. For further information visit our upgrading and servicing section.
Q. My CD won’t play in my Cyrus CD player
A. If your CD doesn't play in your Cyrus CD Player it's likely that the disc doesn't conform to the Red Book Compact Disk Standard (please see below). In most circumstances the issue can be easily rectified by making an authored copy* of the disk and then creating a Red Book conforming version of your CD. We have had strong feedback from users of a free software program called 'Exact Audio Copy'. This piece of software creates an authored copy of your CD and also writes a Red Book conforming versions of the disc.
* Any copying of CDs needs to be done in accordance with copyright law, having regard to the use in which the copy is being put. Consent from the copyright owner may be required. Cyrus will not be responsible for any copying carried out in breach of applicable laws.
As detailed above the very latest range of SE2 CD players are capable of playing some non-standard CDs. For information on upgrading your CD Player to this latest specification please see our upgrading and servicing section.
What is the ‘Red Book Compact Disc Standard’?
The Red Book Compact Disc Standard is a specification of physical parameters and properties for compact discs (CDs). The standard was introduced in 1980 by Phillips with the intention to ensure universal compatibility and describes specifications such as track separation, coding, sample rate, CD diameter, depth and material. Unfortunately, on rare occasions not all CDs created these days conform to this standard