What HiFi is obviously pimping for Cyrus! Whenever I bought my monthly copy of Hi Fi News at B&N I would glance through What HiFi and pass on it!
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Looks like they are willfully blind to and patently ignoring the wave of reliability issues with CYRUS, that are well-known . CYRUS has a huge base in the UK .They used to be built like a tank .... apparently not so anymore
Scope out the UK audio forum for the actual UK consumer takes on the common product failings
Here is a pair of samples:
"webster said: ↑
The Cyrus cdt appears to be highly thought of but there seems to be quite a few horror stories regarding reliability in general with Cyrus cd players and it is of course nearly 3 times the price of the CXC.
From the limited research I’ve done there doesn’t appear to be any direct competition at a similar price point.
I’ve had a few Cyrus CD players. Lovely sound but dogged with issues.
I’ve had so many failures with Cyrus stuff I’d never buy any of their products again...."
I have been surfing Audiogon for a few months; finally decided to sign-on.
I'm really glad that I read this topic regarding Cyrus.
I was just about to order a Cyrus CDt from Kemela; because from what I've read on other forums; they're really top notch.
Now, it seems a veil was lifted to reality.
Can I get all of your inputs on recommendations on a new CD transport?
I know this might be an old subject; if you don't mind, I would be grateful.
I currently have a Schiit Gungnir multi-bit DAC being fed by an old, but pristine Sony DVD player; using a digital coaxial cable from Blue Jeans. The DAC is feeding a HK 3770.
I'm looking to get a CD transport in the very near future.
I researched Cambridge CXC (heard of reliability issues as of late).
My budget is $2100 max.
What do you all like for that money?
Sound quality and reliability are paramount.
Asthetics are nice, but not that important.
Thank you for your time!
I'd keep using the Sony and add a jitter-reduction device between the Sony and DAC. This basically makes the transport a non issue, so when the Sony eventually dies you can just buy another cheap DVD player and you're good to go. Here is the one I'd buy..
With some of the money you'll have left over, I'd upgrade your digital cable as it does make a meaningful difference. FWIW, and best of luck.
Just to support the previous comments on poor CDt reliability and bad service from Cyrus. For assorted reasons, I ended up with 2 of these units. The first one stopped working just outside the warranty period. PSU packed up. A very unsympathetic response to my complaint. Clearly they’re used to them. The second unit is wholly unreliable and unpredictable whether it reads a CD. About to scrap it. BUT transports are difficult to find, so I’ll press on with the repaired first unit. I long ago sold all my previous set up, power amps, external PSU’s etc. Like other contributors, I’d never buy another piece of Cyrus kit. Yes, how do they get those good reviews?!!!
I owned two pieces of Cyrus gear in the mid-90's. The integrated amp was pretty nice. Sounded really good. I liked it so much I decided to buy their CD Player (CD-1?). The CD player was a POS. The mechanism was very finicky and it would not reliably read CDs. I sent the first one back and got a replacement, but not long after that the replacement started having the same problems.
These were the first high end components I ever bought. Luckily I moved on and now enjoy other components that bring me joy without the trouble.
I hope that I've not bought another dud. Iv'e just ordered a CDt to replace my dud CD XT that I bought in 2008. Before a year was out it was failing to play some disks and I should have sent it back but I was poorly (ill) for a while so left it. I stopped using it because I had to warm it up with a playable CD first by which time I had gone off the idea. So there is sat. One day I sent it back for repair, £300. It came back virtually no better and within 2 months it was not playing disks again, well only 1 in 6. Off it went again. Bought 2 new CD - no play. But it worked with my favourites. So after another 4 months when I only played it once, It's acting up again.
This unit is a "Friday After-nooner" It an old unit but in terms of playing, it's hardly been used. I was not impressed by Cyrus at all during the returning/repair period. Although the dealer Meadow Gate Acoustics were very much on my side.
Seems it's not just me after all!