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?
The Pre vs2 is a new Cyrus preamp circuit created around our latest “Virtual Servo” or ‘VS2’ preamp developments. Because the new Pre vs2 is built on the same platform as our integrated amplifiers we have been able to achieve considerable cost savings and can therefore offer this new high performance preamp at a previously unattainable price point. New Virtual Servo preamplifier technology - This is a new generation of preamplifier designs from the Cyrus R&D lab and was originally developed for our most exotic preamplifiers. Now appearing in our more affordable models, it is based on the work achieved with our acclaimed Virtual Servo preamp. Vs2 technology is a Cyrus developed technology and is unique to Cyrus. This latest vs2 iteration includes, amongst many refinements, the latest generation of digital volume IC’s, hence vs2. Further refining our vs topology has brought very worthwhile advances over the previous model.
The new Pre vs2 is a specially developed control unit to partner our range of matching mono and stereo power amps. Featuring a special power supply, finely tuned power regulation stages and our most detailed acoustic circuit tuning, the Pre vs2 manages to combine outstanding performance with simple intuitive operation. Some of the more advanced features are hidden from immediate view. These include our intuitive speed sensing volume knob, individual input sensitivity and a high quality headphone circuit that allows you to leave your headphones permanently connected. This is useful if, like many owners, you want to listen at night, relaxing in a favourite chair.
A no-compromise development process and access to high quality components allowed the Cyrus tuning panel to open up the frequency response. This expands the preamp’s ability to recreate a large sense of scale and ambience, for the most effective system performance to date. Pre vs2 can be further improved by adding an optional PSX-R to provide a quiet, smooth, regulated power feed to its sensitive circuitry. Offering 7 inputs the Pre vs2 is the natural upgrade to our integrated amps, or indeed, any preamp.
A striking visual feature of any Cyrus system is the aesthetic lines of the half width chassis. Created by pressure die-casting aluminium, the beauty of this monolithic classic is more than skin deep.
The hand finished casework is an integral part of the products’ sound. Cyrus has invested in sophisticated die-cast tooling to create an electronically shielded and mechanically vibration free environment for the sensitive audio circuits which are hung inside the inverted chassis.
Microphonic interference can occur when certain components transform mechanical vibration into unwanted electrical noise if the chassis is excited. The Cyrus chassis has been designed to provide an enclosure that is immune from a wide range of frequencies.
Inside a common steel chassis, components such as transformers radiate electromagnetic fields which induce unwanted electric currents and secondary magnetic fields within the ferrous box, thereby adversely affecting other components in the same enclosure. In the Cyrus die-cast chassis our choice of non-ferrous aluminium means this effect is avoided.
The Cyrus chassis:
*A solid foundation used to build all classic models.
*Die-cast by injecting molten aluminium under extreme pressure gives a dense rigid case to build upon.
*The non-magnetic, thermally efficient construction gives a stable mechanical and electrical platform.
*Components are suspended upside down from the casting greatly reducing any vibration issues.
*Manufactured in Sweden - each casting is individually hand finished before painting in England.
*Versatile, bespoke design gives a uniquely recognisable Cyrus footprint.
The benefit of using the same chassis structure across all products is a level of consistency in performance. It also allows customers with older units to have the internals upgraded/updated to the latest design without the trouble and expense of selling the entire system and starting again.
This upgradeable design concept has been created by Cyrus to provide the widest possible choice and the longest useful life for our products. We want to help you to build a better music experience from the outset.
Line inputs - 6 + Tape monitor Pre-amp Outputs - Preamp-out (RCA phono sockets) Tape Outputs - Tape-out Headphone Output - ¼” Jack Power Supply - Linear power supply with custom toroidal transformer External - Highly regulated PSX-R upgradeable Communications - MC-BUS™ System BUS Remote Control Full function - supplied with Cyrus System Navigator remote
Output voltage - 940mV Max output voltage - 9V Preamp Output impedance - 50 Ohm Distortion - 0.003% Frequency Response - -3dB at 0.04Hz and 700kHz Input sensitivity - 500mV Input impedance - 100 kOhm Line s/n ratio (unwtd) - 105dB Dimensions - (H x W x D) 73 x 215 x 360 (mm) Weight - 3.7kg Finish - Silver and Brushed Black