I have all Cyrus gear , blows most Japanese stuff out of the water imho. Superb in stereo , superb in 5.1 , superb in DTS , I like it .
I have no need for fancy special effects so it suits me , be aware of the limited formats though if you want to cover all eventualities . New AV8 has DPL 2 added now so this might be more suitable. The best thing is the upgrade path , worlds your oyster.
What is your current set up ?
Ultimately I want to ditch the integrated amp and go for an AV processor (probably the AV8) with 3 smart powers. Maybe even the DVD8 at a later stage. However at the moment it would be a little expensive as Im planning on picking up some B&W CDM NT speakers for the AV room. I will probably just go with something like the Yamaha RXV620RDS or similar until I can afford it....
The only thing which concerned me about the Cyrus setup is that they are a little slow in supporting new surround features like EX, DTS ES etc...
Quality wise I am very happy with my system and dont even want to update the CD player to the Cyrus 7. However I would hope that the DVD8 would be better as a CD transport than my existing dedicated CD player.
Those would be at Hi-Fi Corner wouldnt they? Ive seen them there as well.....
I thought about it but £650 is a bit rich for me to spend on a temporary setup. Not to mention the fact Id need to spend over £1000 for the amps (if I wanted to stay with Cyrus). At the moment I want to save my pennies.
I can however cope with 200 notes for the Yamaha which doubles as the amp as well.....
I know. This was the main reason I posted. I am a little uncomfortable with comitting to Cyrus considering they seem to be so slow in adopting new features.... Despite the fact I really like their gear.
Not sure what I will do but a cheap AV processor/amp should give me some breathing space while I see how things pan out.
I look forward to hear what you think of it as this is the route I am probably going to go.
I currently have Cyrus 7 + PSX-R + SmartPower and it sounds brilliant. I intend to add another SmartPower next year and maybe a AV5/8 shortly after in preperation for the Plasma arriving - when the come down to under £1500.
Hope you like it !!
p.s Instead of a Hark stand why not go for a Stands Unique midi tower/support - looks the business and can hold up to 8 Cyrus units.
Has anyone had the chance to audition a Cyrus AV8 against some of the heavy duty home cinema processors from other manufacturers (e.g. Arcam, Tag McLaren, Naim, Bryston, Meridian)? Interested to know how they compare.
There are reviews of both of these products in December's What Hi-Fi?
The Arcam AV8/P7 got 5 stars and the Product of the Month Award.
As to the product names - it is not something that really affects business as long as there is no attempt to pass one product off as the other (highly unlikely I think we can all agree). But by my reckoning Arcam was there first with the AV8 name by about 9 months, in case anyone was wondering!
Thanks John. Will see if December WHF has made it to the shops in Lisbon yet...
The Arcam AV8/P7, Tag AV32R/100x5 power and Cyrus AV8 + 3xSmartPower are three very tempting prospects. It's a shame the recent HiFi Choice review that had the Arcam, Tag and Naim products didn't/couldn't also include the Cyrus.
Nice to see the HiFi industry behaving sensibly over product names - unlike the car industry which takes things to ridiculous extremes (eg. the original Porsche 911 was meant to be called 901 but they couldn't use that name because Peugeot had already bagged and registered ALL 3 digit names with a 0 in the middle). As if anyone would confuse a Peugeot with a Porsche!!