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Postby ACE_VENTURA » Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:25 am

My second system comprises off a Cyrus 8xpdqx with PSXR and Sonos Connect. Dynaudio Focus bookshelf speakers. Althought it is a second system it certainly gets used but perhaps more with headphones. I have a pair of Grado RS1s and they sound pretty awesome.

I have a pair of APA 7.5s going spare.

Is it worth selling the integrated and going for a better digital pre? It would need a headphone output.

Budget - close to neutral i.e. what I might get for selling the intgrated.

It doesnt have to be cyrus buy needs to fit in a unit approx same dimensions.

I see on ebay Pre XPd and a Qx going cheap. But will those pres they sound better than the 8xpd through headphones?

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Postby callen24 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:46 pm

do you need remote?
having run a 8xpdqx through a pair of smartpower s i suspect a cyrus pre dac will not be a massive step up.

the money you would get for a 8xpd and psxr suggests you could get a hugo mk1.
From your description i think you should try and find a hphone amp that can also be a pre
a sugden Ha-4 or an opp ha-1, as examples
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Postby ACE_VENTURA » Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:33 pm

Yeah a good headphone amp pre might be the solution.

It just occurred to me, should I be thinking about a BC DAC?

There is one on eBay with a headphone socket and it can be used as a pre with my APAs.

I wonder how my 8xpdqx and PSX would compare to a BC DAC....

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Postby callen24 » Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:38 pm

simbo has a bargain bel canto, £500. your 8xpd would get similar money.
look at hifi hobby clearance in private section
cyrus stream X2, CDi, Oppo HA-1SE, IMFs, mfa Baby classicV2, NORD OneUP, VA Beethoven Baby Grand
ML binarystar digital, DenchXLR, RFCneptune RCA, VanDamme OFC spk cable. AG 500 ac regenerator and Townsend Seismic sink stand.
rega P3-24, psu, AT95e/paratrace, Clearaudio nano, Project RCM