The more power your amplifier has available the better your system can reproduce the original dynamic range of a performance. Because we understand that dynamics (not how loud it plays), are an important element of music at home, an amplifiers reserve power is what is important. Cyrus amplifiers are designed primarily for refinement and resolution, then power, so our designers must provide both power and quality.
The level difference between a triangle and a trumpet is described as the dynamic range of an orchestra and there can be 70dB difference in volume between the loudest and the quietest instrument. Ideally we want to recreate the full difference between the loudest and quietest sounds as best we can in your listening room. Because the background noise in a home can be as high as 45db, in an ideal world your amplifier would be capable of playing the loudest parts of the orchestra at 120dB for you to hear the quietest instruments over the background noise. Also, because loudspeakers are inefficient, and vary enormously, more than 2 x 1,000 watts would be ideal to reproduce the full dynamic range of a large orchestra at home.
Our flagship Mono X 300 Signature power amps can each deliver a herculean burst power of more than 500 watts at low impedances, providing incredible scale to any music programme. Because we understand that dynamics (not how loud it plays), are an important element of music at home, an amplifiers reserve power is what is important. Cyrus amplifiers are designed primarily for refinement and resolution, then power, so our designers must provide both power and quality.
Power amplifiers do not miraculously make the incoming music signal bigger, they make larger copies of the input signals, eventually strong enough to drive your loudspeakers. So if we think of the signal path as a series of copies of the original music it’s easy to appreciate that the quality of the electrical current used for each copy is pivotal to the eventual sound quality. Cyrus has been refining the art of developing incrementally better power supplies for over 30 years and this expertise is one of the keys to superior sound quality. The output stage is also crucially important and this is an area where Cyrus has engineered a wide range of sophisticated amplifier topologies.
Our advice is to purchase the most powerful amplifier you can afford because although you may never intend to play 120dB of Mahler’s Requiem in your listening room, the benefit of a more powerful amplifier is relative, and so even at lower sound levels the music will sound bigger and more realistic because the amplifier is not limiting the scale of the sound. All Cyrus amplifiers sound superb and many have pre amps and DAC’s built-in for convenience. However it is a fact that the bigger the budget, the greater the ability we can deliver. Visit our System Guide pages for information on how to create your ideal hi-fi system.
Choose from the Mono X 300 Signature power amplifier, a zero feedback providing wonderfully detailed resolution, enormous dynamic power and superb distortion characteristics, the Stereo 200 hybrid stereo power amplifier designed around a class D output stage partnered with a special Cyrus power supply or the versatile X Power mono/stereo power amplifier.
Visit your local retailer who will be able to advise you on the right power amplifier for your hi-fi system.