Cyrus Stream XA --- 1950€
THE CYRUS STREAM XA’S COMPACT DESIGN WON’T BE EVERYONE’S CUP OF TEA. BUT ITS TRULY ENTRANCING SOUND UNDOUBTEDLY WILL.
AT THE END OF LAST YEAR IT PROVED THE BEST-PERFORMING STREAMER AT THIS PRICE, BAGGING A WELL-DESERVED AWARD.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A ONE BOX SOLUTION FOR PLAYING YOUR NAS-BASED MUSIC AND INTERNET RADIO, JUST ADD AMPLIFICATION, THAT OFFERS A SMOOTH AND RELAXED SOUND, THE CYRUS STREAM XA MAY BE FOR YOU.
STREAM XA – PHILOSOPHY
Streaming services such as Tidal provide a convenient way of accessing vast catalogues of superb quality recordings. Far from being just for listening on the go through your mobile phone, these streaming services are more than good enough to be considered audiophile sources. They are now leading the way in delivering the next generation of audio experiences.
The Stream Xa serves two functions, that of translating the multitude of file formats into the purest possible form of digital audio, Linear PCM. As part of this translation, it retimes that data to all but eliminate ‘jitter’ and temporal distortion. The second function is the conversion of that digital data into analogue form, so that it can be passed directly to a traditional amplifier system. With both digital and analogue output options as well as built in wi-fi and ethernet connectivity options, and USB input, the Stream Xa is our most versatile streaming solution.
The circuit of the Stream Xa has been designed in 2 discrete sections, allowing the product to be upgradeable through the addition of our separate power supply (the PSX R2). This addition completely isolates the DAC section of the product, improving timing and eliminating any intermodulation which can impact the delicate analogue signals output. Whilst not necessary for outstanding performance, this addition is a valuable upgrade for the serious audiophile.
The Stream Xa brings your digital music library, and streaming services like Qobuz, TIDAL* and internet radio together through our proprietary engine to provide limitless hours of listening pleasure. State-of-the-art performance is served up through our unique understanding of converting data into sublime analogue signals – and how to handle each format for optimum results. You just sit back and control it all with our ‘Cadence’ app.
SPDIF coaxial – 1
Stereo RCA analogue – 2 pairs fixed
PSX-R upgrade port – Yes
MC-BUS – Yes
Optical SPDIF – 2
Coaxial SPDIF – 3
USB A – 1
Ethernet – 1
WAV – Yes
FLAC – Yes
ALAC – Yes
AAC – Yes
MP3 – Yes
WMA – Yes
AIFF – Yes
Maximum signal resolution – 24-bit/192kHz
*MQA decoding is not supported for TIDAL. Use Qobuz to stream in ultra high-resolution PCM
Weight (kg) 4.7
Wi-Fi or Ethernet, integration into your home network is effortless and reliable. Additional sources? No problem, there are 5 digital inputs and fixed analogue outputs. Finally a PSX R2 port allows instant upgrade to the sonic performance of the Stream Xa.