Cyrus Audio is celebrating its fortieth Anniversary and it’s model that doesn’t get sufficient consideration (nonetheless!) right here in North America. We’ve coated the model moderately extensively over time and completely liked two of its most up-to-date choices together with the CDi-XR CD participant and i7-XR built-in amplifier.
However the place issues get fascinating with Cyrus is if you begin specializing in its phono pre-amplifiers just like the Cyrus Phono Signature/PSX-R2 which provides a few of most interesting efficiency round with each MM and MC cartridges. This may really be the perfect product within the lineup; readability, element, pacing, and general presence are really very good.
All of that begs essentially the most logical query. Why don’t these guys manufacture their very own turntable?
We come bearing presents on this barely chilly Wednesday.
The brand new $5,495 USD Cyrus Audio TTP incorporates a belt-drive and very sturdy wanting platter and plinth which have been machined from stable aluminum blocks to offer better stability.
The aluminum platter is suspended on hardened metal axle which rotates on a brand new “ultra-percision” bearing that was created by the British producer — with some assist from one other firm in Germany.
The toes are each adjustable and replaceable (for individuals who may need to think about using anti-vibration cones or toes) on the chassis that options inside damping compounds to reduce the affect of vibration on the platter and tonearm.
The Cyrus Audio TTP additionally options digital velocity controls (33 1/3 and 45 rpm) which can be modified utilizing floor mounted buttons on the entrance of the chassis. Playback remains to be managed manually and the whole bundle does look moderately neat — in a really darkish, utilitarian method.
The turntable additionally incorporates a custom-made DC synchronous motor and that is the place Cyrus’ experience with energy provides may assist this desk outperform the competitors. Lowering wow and flutter has a really optimistic affect on velocity accuracy and potential homeowners ought to anticipate that from a desk at this worth stage.
This wouldn’t be a Cyrus product if one couldn’t improve the deck with the PSX-R2 exterior energy provide and there’s a socket on the rear panel for that. That improve will run you nicely over $1,000 for individuals who are curious — a greater cartridge or phono stage would appear like a greater use of your cash.
For many who are questioning, Cyrus didn’t manufacture the turntable by itself.
In line with Nick Clarke, MD at Cyrus Audio, “Whereas not identified for turntable design, we have now partnered with a massively expert and vertically built-in German engineering firm for the mechanical points whereas making use of our abilities to the PSU and motor drive to create what we consider is likely one of the greatest turntables at this worth.”
The tonearm appears moderately acquainted and we’re not completely stunned to see some of the widespread British designs bolted to the plinth.
That moderately hefty price ticket doesn’t embrace a phono cartridge and while some may bristle at spending $5,495 on a deck that requires you to purchase your individual — that feels moderately regular for turntables on this worth vary.
Rega, Vertere, Clearaudio, and Thorens provide decks that include pre-installed cartridges on this worth vary, however there may be often a premium for that.
When you think about the choices at $5,500 USD for a turntable in 2023, the Cyrus Audio TTP should be extra than simply “superb” to carve out some house for itself in a really crowded market.
For extra data: cyrusaudio.com