CD Transport

Based on the design of the flagship CDXT SE2, the CD Transport is a pure CD transport system that delivers excellent sound from a CD. Featuring the highly advanced Cyrus SE ‘CD Engine’, the CD Transport is the perfect partner with an integrated amplifier or preamplifier such as the 6 DAC or Pre DAC.

The CD Transport is the transport or disc spinning part of a Cyrus CD player system. At the highest levels of CD player development we have proved that it is beneficial to separate certain sections of the CD mechanics from the low level decoding sections. The most successful way we have found to do this is to manufacture the player in two separate chassis. The benefits of this approach bring higher resolution, quieter background and improved imagery.

The reason Cyrus can manufacture CD players of such outstanding quality is our investment in a suite of bespoke ‘engineered for high-end CD’ software and electro mechanical projects that we collectively refer to as our Servo Evolution technology. SE engineering was especially developed for the CDXT project and is the most accurate ‘engine’ to copy data from a CD today. The latest, 2012 updated, SE2 engine delivers the following key benefits;

• Specifically developed for Audio data standards
• 20% fewer data errors than ordinary CD players
• Less reliance on error correction averaging
• Better signal to noise ratio
• Immensely improved laser control accuracy
• Audibly better audio performance

Rather than reserve our SE engine for our top models only we incorporate SE across the range to help amortize the high development costs across more models. In this way Cyrus can offer tangible advantages to every model, rather than just the high-end. This is why CD Transport is (in the world of high-end audio) relatively inexpensive.

The ‘other half’ of the high-end CD playing system is a matching DAC. Separating the mechanical elements from the low-level decoding circuits offers significant improvement to the resolution of the audio signals. Conversely joining the low level analogue signals, post DAC, with the preamplifier delivers improvements so we make a combined DAC and preamp model called DAC XP Signature for the ultimate hi-performance solution. You have a choice between our high performance DAC X Signature with our most advanced DAC engineering, or the same DAC fitted with our dual mono preamp that is the cornerstone of our most advanced systems. Being Cyrus, the DAC X+ can be factory upgraded to full DAC XP Signature specification later on. It is common for our customers to buy DAC X+ and then upgrade to DAC XP Signature later and gain the benefits of the ultimate performance as funds allow.

This upgrade integration brings several benefits because, unlike a CD transport, the preamplifier benefits from its closer physical link to the DAC and a much smaller circuit topology.

Technical Information


Power Supply – Toroidal power transformer feeding multiple regulated power supplies
Outputs – SPDIF coaxial and optical
Disc-reading transport – Isolated slot loading mechanism with high bandwidth optical pick-up
Disc Compatibility – CD, CD-R (closed session)
Display – Custom LCD with subtle green back lighting
Remote Control – Full function Cyrus system remote control facility
Communications – MC-BUS System BUS


Coaxial Digital output – SPDIF via RCA phono jack socket
Output voltage – 500mV pk-pk
Output impedance – 75 Ω
Optical Digital output – SPDIF via Toslink transmitter
Clock Jitter – <70pS
Power Consumption – 7.5W
Weight – 4.5 Kg
Dimensions – (H x W x D) 78 x 215 x 360 (mm)
Finish – Quartz Silver or Brushed Black