Cyrus One Cast Hi-Fi amp heralds smart audiophile era

posted on Monday, 25th November 2019 by Steve May

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Cambridge-based Hi-Fi specialist Cyrus has expanded its One range of stereo amplifiers with the One Cast, a Wi-Fi iteration that reflects the growing dominance of music streaming services.

Hailed as the harbinger of a new era of smart audiophile equipment by Managing Director Simon Freethy, the One Cast combines a host of wired connectivity with dual band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

More significantly, it’s the first high-end stereo component to work with all three voice assistants - Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri with Airplay 2and Google Assistant.

High-Res Audio capable, Chromecast is expected to be the favoured way to stream music on the device. It supports Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Qobuz. Power output is rated at 100W per channel amplifier, driven by a high-grade linear power supply, using proprietary Hybrid Class-D technology.

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The One Cast also has an AV Direct mode, which allows it to be integrated into an existing AV system, where it can assume front stereo duties in tandem with an AVR. For many users, this will resolve the debate of whether to install a Hi-Fi or home cinema system.

The One Cast can also serve as a high grade headphone amplifier. The onboard ESS DAC supports audio files up to 32-bit 192kHz.

Insider CI had an early ears-on with the One Cast, which adopts the familiar compact Cyrus form factor. It impressed with huge levels of detail, precise spatial imaging, and an obvious ability to deliver dramatic transients.

Physical connections include high-res USB (for DSD), analogue stereo and both optical and coaxial digital inputs, and an MM phono stage. It also has HDMI with ARC, a first for the company.

To protect settings, there’s also a system lock to prevent unwanted changes of volume or inputs.

Interestingly, there is no corresponding control app. “This was a deliberate design decision,” Freethy tells Inside CI. “ The concept was not to get in the way of excellent music apps.”

The Cyrus One Cast retails for £1299.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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