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by MadMax
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A last, long goodbye to Cyrus
Replies: 47
Views: 2557

Re: A last, long goodbye to Cyrus

When I originally bought my hi-fi set up I spent the best part of five hours in the shop's listening room. After nailing the amp and speakers, we tried a couple of different speaker wires. The flat Cyrus cable vs Atlas something or other. To my surprise there was definitely a difference, and I prefe...
by MadMax
Thu May 17, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Turntable vs Streamer What's best? Analogue vs Digital?
Replies: 29
Views: 1962

Re: Turntable vs Streamer What's best? Analogue vs Digital?

IMHO- I think you should slow down! Playing with so many variables all at once is going to make it hard to work out which bits you like and which bits you don't. Your all-sig system isn't even broken in yet! And a turntable adds a whole lot of variables just within itself- set-up/ tuning, cartridge ...
by MadMax
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: DACXP+ and Pro-Ject Phono Mk2, I'm buzzing, man!
Replies: 2
Views: 827

Re: DACXP+ and Pro-Ject Phono Mk2, I'm buzzing, man!

Update- got hold of a Graham Slee phono amp (DC), and borrowed a friend's Schiit Mani (AC), and both of them worked fine without causing a hum. However, I didn't like the sound of either of them, so I took a punt on a newer ProJect Phonobox (DC, as opposed to the older AC version), and bingo- no mor...
by MadMax
Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: DACXP+ and Pro-Ject Phono Mk2, I'm buzzing, man!
Replies: 2
Views: 827

DACXP+ and Pro-Ject Phono Mk2, I'm buzzing, man!

Ever since I swapped out my 8vs2 (on pre-amp duties) for a DACXP+, I've gotten a hum when listening to vinyl. I've been putting up with it, but now I want to fix it. I find it strange that the DACXP+ picks up a hum where the 8vs2 didn't, any thoughts as to why this might be the case? I've narrowed i...
by MadMax
Tue May 10, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: repro DACXP+ disaster
Replies: 31
Views: 4240

Re: repro DACXP+ disaster

All plugged in and running fine. Just need to wait for the speakers to break in now (one new driver). After speaking to Marc it appears they had been doing more behind the scenes than I had appreciated. The X-Powers came with a "service report" from Cyrus- a generic letter proudly stating ...
by MadMax
Thu May 05, 2016 3:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: repro DACXP+ disaster
Replies: 31
Views: 4240

Re: repro DACXP+ disaster

DACXP+ arrived Saturday, speakers and X-Powers today.

Fingers crossed nothing goes pop again when I plumb it all in tonight...
by MadMax
Tue Apr 26, 2016 6:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: repro DACXP+ disaster
Replies: 31
Views: 4240

Re: repro DACXP+ disaster

A new driver is now on order from ATC (after Fanthorpes had been sitting on them for two weeks). X-Powers have been collected and are on their way to Cyrus. DACXP+ has been repaired and is at Fanthorpes. I've asked them to run it for a few days before sending it to me. I can't do anything without th...
by MadMax
Fri Apr 22, 2016 6:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: repro DACXP+ disaster
Replies: 31
Views: 4240

Re: repro DACXP+ disaster

The saga continues. I am absolutely livid. Fanthorpes are proving themselves to be less than useless when something goes wrong. 1) It takes two weeks for Fanthorpes to arrange a courier to pick up pre-amp and speakers. 2) Courier doesn't arrive, turns out Fanthorpes forgot to arrange it after all. W...
by MadMax
Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Replace Cyrus 8 Integrated with Pre VS2
Replies: 4
Views: 583

Re: Replace Cyrus 8 Integrated with Pre VS2

I added X-Powers one by one to my 8vs2 integrated, I tried a few combinations and liked the power amps in mono mode best, with the integrated just doing pre. I don't think having the integrated amp driving the tweeters lightens the load for the power amps driving the woofers, as the power amps are s...
by MadMax
Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: repro DACXP+ disaster
Replies: 31
Views: 4240

Re: repro DACXP+ disaster

It's all taking quite a long time. The manager was working away for a few days so they only arranged a courier last week, to take it back to the shop. From there they've sent it back to Cyrus, should be with them this week.
The speakers have also been taken to Fanthorpes for some reason.
by MadMax
Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: repro DACXP+ disaster
Replies: 31
Views: 4240

Re: repro DACXP+ disaster

I'm surprised too! Took the grille off but there's nothing obvious just by looking, and I don't fancy poking around. If anything it's put me off buying new (or repro), at least s/h gear has been run in! 'Phoned Fanthorpes today but the guy who's dealing with it has taken a half day holiday and the g...
by MadMax
Fri Mar 25, 2016 7:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: repro DACXP+ disaster
Replies: 31
Views: 4240

Re: repro DACXP+ disaster

Speakers are ATC SCM11, owned since new in 2007. I'm gutted as I really love them! Spoke to Fanthorpes today and they will cover the speaker repair, once they've ascertained that it's the DACXP+ that has caused the damage. On their recommendation I have swapped the X-Powers over to check the amps ar...
by MadMax
Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: repro DACXP+ disaster
Replies: 31
Views: 4240

repro DACXP+ disaster

This week I ordered a repro DACXP+ from Fanthorpes. I'd spoken to both Moorgate Acoustics and Fanthorpes to see if they could advise on whether the DACXP+ would be suitable for my system; and as Fanthorpes had the last black model available I decided it was a bargain I didn't want to miss out on. Th...
by MadMax
Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cyrus pre-amps, talk to me about Pre Xvs vs DAC XP+
Replies: 34
Views: 3973

Re: Cyrus pre-amps, talk to me about Pre Xvs vs DAC XP+

Let me throw another Cyrus Pre into the mix!

I've found a Pre XP for sale. Hell of a lot cheaper than a DACXP+

Any opinions? The guff says the preamp is built "with the same techniques as our flagship DACXP+"
by MadMax
Fri Mar 11, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cyrus pre-amps, talk to me about Pre Xvs vs DAC XP+
Replies: 34
Views: 3973

Re: Cyrus pre-amps, talk to me about Pre Xvs vs DAC XP+

Are there reliability issues with the DACXP+ then?