Pre-XR

The Pre-XR is one of the first wave of products, heralding the new XR series of Cyrus components. The familiar Cyrus precision die-cast case is the same, but everything else has changed. With ground-up engineering inside, an all-new phantom black paint finish, touch-sensitive controls and a higher resolution display that is customisable for brightness, contrast and polarity, the high-quality finish of XR makes a strong statement.

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High capacity power supply

The power supply design of the Pre-XR has received special attention. An over-specified 74VA power transformer delivers power to a high capacity power supply reserve. Within the circuit design, a generous total of 15 independent power supply regulators regulate, then sub regulates quiet power.

Digital control circuits are assigned a separate mains power supply, completely isolated from the signal circuitry.

Balanced and unbalanced output options

The Pre-XR features a choice of balanced audio drive via XLR connectors for best performance in systems where it is partnered by high-end power amplifiers with balanced inputs. An unbalanced output is also provided.

All new analogue preamplifier

The Pre-XR analogue preamp features relay input selection and a new high-performance gain stage. This short path design makes the analogue preamplifier extremely transparent. With four analogue inputs and phono MM, the Pre-XR will cover just about any system requirement for analogue connectivity.

PSU-XR port

The Pre-XR includes a port for the new PSU-XR power supply. Thirty years ago Cyrus broke new ground with the introduction of the PSX-R, the first-ever regulated power supply upgrade that automatically adapted to match perfectly the power requirements of any connected product. The PSU-XR raises the bar by sourcing no less than five independent regulated supplies in a single box. For the Pre-XR the PSU-XR steps in to take over power supply for the analogue stages of the preamplifier.

Pre-XR digital performance

The DAC input stage of the Pre-XR features a new 2nd generation version of our award-winning QXR DAC, but with an all-new high-speed analogue buffer stage. Seven digital filter alignment options are user adjustable to suit the taste of the listener. Input options include USB audio (to 384k sample rate) and DSD to DSD256, 2 x SPDIF digital and 2 x optical digital inputs.

Fully configurable

A new menu system makes the Pre-XR highly customisable yet easy to set up. With a tree-style navigation structure and both local and remote control navigation, menu settings are quick and simple to select.

Roon Approved

The Pre-XR is approved Roon Tested (using min firmware v1.6)

Being Roon Tested means that Cyrus and Roon have collaborated to ensure you have the best experience using Roon software and Cyrus equipment together, so you can just enjoy the music.

Specification

  • 4 x Analogue inputs
  • 1 x Phono MM input
  • 2 x Optical inputs
  • 2 x Coaxial digital inputs
  • 1 x Asynchronous USB input
  • 1 x Analogue preamplifier out
  • 1 x Headphone output
  • PSU-XR upgrade port
  • Headphone amplifier, 2 x 138mW into 16 Ω (<0.1% THD)
  • SPDIF supported formats 16/44.1k – 24/192k
  • USB supported formats 16/44.1k – 32/384k
  • DSD supported formats up to DSD256
  • DOP supported formats up to DOP128
  • Custom input naming
  • iR14 Remote control included
  • Dimensions (H x W x D) – 73 x 215 x 360 mm
  • Weight 4.3kg

Manuals & Guides

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Reviews

“The new Cyrus Pre-XR is demonstrably an audiophile space miracle. It competes as a preamplifier, but in the half-width housing there is also a DAC, a phono stage and a headphone amp. In terms of sound, quality and character, Cyrus has retained its trademarks – and yet done everything differently…”

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“A very well equipped preamplifier that leaves nothing to be desired and just lets music be music. This is how high-end works!”

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“Very well equipped do-it-all solution with modern DAC and state-of-the-art, menu-driven technology. Sonically flawless with finely balanced tuning that hits exactly the right nerve. Price/performance: HIGH-END.”

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“Little box; Big wisdom […] The CYRUS XR system is incredibly detailed and transparent with the source material, allowing for the reproduction of huge soundscapes and unearths the most minute musical emotion. Considering its strong implementation of hi-res digital support, as well a CD transport designed and manufactured in-house, this CD transport and DAC-Pre and amplifier have few direct competitors in this size. If you’re a “musical presentation”-heavy audiophile on the prowl for the ultimate small-box solution, CYRUS XR system could be just what you’re looking for.”

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“Can you do better than that? Sure, but one needs to consider the pricing context. So, seekers of the Holy Grail should be content with my message that for the price asked for by Cyrus, it is very difficult to find a better performing competitor.”

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“Pricewise, at £4,000 plus, this is chunky, but you have to consider this has a seriously decent DAC, a competent MM phono stage and a better than average headphone output.  There is plenty to merit the Cyrus Pre-XR and it should rightly receive serious consideration in this price band if you have a power amplifier looking for a partner.”

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“It’s amazing how many features – and also sheer power in watts – the developers have put into these two half-width boxes. In a double pack, the two components convince with explosive dynamics and an open, unencumbered, transparent reproduction as well as the bottom line that is an unbridled joy of playing,”

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