Famous 30 year old brand name combined with "Made in UK" quality and value for less than the price of an unknown brand produced in a third world country, what's not to like?
This affordable integrated amplifier boasts an impressive range of abilities. Amongst these is the uncanny skill to present a 3D audio picture of the recorded performance, along with surprisingly powerful dynamics for such a compact amplifier. The Cyrus 6vs circuitry benefits from most of the development work of its larger sibling Cyrus 8vs. Although we have accomplished significant savings by installing a smaller power supply in the 6vs, the main boards are almost identical. Once our customers experience a system of this quality they often consider upgrading to the next level of performance and the Cyrus 6vs can easily be upgraded by our factory. You simply return your Cyrus 6vs to our Huntingdon service facility where it is upgraded to full Cyrus 8vs specification. The charge for this upgrade is only slightly more than the difference in price between the amps to cover labour and shipping. The amp includes our latest VS preamp topology.
After planning such an extensive development program for the Cyrus 8vs, the design brief for the Cyrus 6vs amplifier was really quite simple – to design a 40W amplifier with all the new characteristics of its 8 series counterpart! Quite a tough task when meeting the expected budget for a 40W amplifier. By scaling down the massive power supply of the Cyrus 8, this brief has been executed in full with the Cyrus 6vs inheriting the power amplifier and power supply design advances, the higher current output stage, the full complement of selected audiophile components, the soft standby switching and the advanced thermal management of the Cyrus 8vs.
With these attributes the Cyrus 6vs is able to deliver remarkable specifications for a 40W amplifier. The rated 30A peak current capability and 173W peak power into a 1 Ohm load would not shame an amplifier of double this capacity. In addition, the ambitious Cyrus 6vs owner has the further benefit of an upgrade path through full Cyrus 8vs specification and beyond, by opting for a Cyrus factory upgrade.
System optimisation – The Cyrus 6vs packs in all the essential features to optimise a quality audio system. A full 40W + 40W 8 Ohm output, six inputs plus full tape monitor, Bi-wirable speaker terminals, headphone output with dedicated power amplifier, Preamplifier output (for bi-amping) and a sophisticated control system with system remote control are all provided.
High efficiency power amplifier – Sharing technology with the Cyrus 8vs, the Cyrus 6vs also uses dual charge pumps with linear post-regulators for the power supply of the voltage amplifier stage, increasing and stabilising the supply, eliminating any trace of power supply ripple and noise, and with no sag under load. These high efficiency techniques ensure maximum power transfer from the power supply to the speaker load.
Higher current output stage – Featuring identical output transistors to the Cyrus 8vs, the Cyrus 6vs has a massive 30A current drive capability leaving plenty of headroom to deliver the currents demanded from the power amplifier stage when driving real music into a real loudspeaker load.
Audiophile component specification – Using the same topology and components in the critical audio signal path, the distinctive sound signature of the Cyrus 8vs is clearly audible when auditioning the Cyrus 6vs.
New peripheral circuitry for soft standby switching - Electronic standby switching has always been a feature in Cyrus amplifiers. Electronic switching completely avoids the problems of contact degradation which occur in the speaker relays used in most other manufacturers designs. As these amplifiers age, the relay contacts degrade and contact non-linearity gradually rises, degrading the sound. The Cyrus electronic system works by effectively ‘tri-stating’ the power amplifier to prevent it from delivering any current to the loudspeaker whilst set to standby, completely avoiding the need for a relay in the signal path. Secondary benefits are instantaneous disconnection of the power amplifier from the load if an external fault condition, such as a speaker short-circuit, are detected by the control system. In the latest revision of this system for the Cyrus 6vs & 8vs, a more sophisticated control circuit soft switches the power amplifier silently between standby and operational modes.
Advanced thermal management – New thermal measurement techniques are employed by the computer control system of the Cyrus 6vs to intelligently control the outer skin temperature of the casting, maximising the thermal performance available to the amplifier in any environment.
Upgrade path – Cyrus 6vs owners can choose to factory upgrade their amplifiers to full Cyrus 8vs specification at any point after purchase. By paying the cost difference, plus a small handling cost their amplifier will be collected and returned to the Cyrus factory for the internal power supply to be uprated and for PSX-R capability to be added.