In 1984, British Cyrus launched its first amplifiers, with the dimensions of a shoebox and an angled protruding rim containing control knobs. We test the latest version of this Classic: meet the Cyrus Classic AMP.
Cyrus are immediately recognizable by their design. The exterior is made of a magnesium alloy, like that of cameras. Over time, Cyrus’ portfolio has grown to include a large number of devices, all based on the same design. It makes it slightly confusing for the outsider, because what can you combine with each other?
The Classic line is their middle series. Above the Classic is the XR line and below it is the updated One line. The new Classic model still looks the same, but according to Cyrus, the inside of this Classic is completely new.
When powering up the amplifier, the green display proudly shows “Made in Britain”. That’s something to take a moment to consider. Despite globalization and consolidation of HiFi brands by investment companies, Cyrus is still an independent brand almost 40 years later. Cyrus also has a history of mergers and ownership changes, and anno 2022 Cyrus designs the equipment. Component sourcing and manufacturing is handled by SMS Electronics in the UK.
The Classic Amp (€2395) is an integrated Class A/B amplifier with DAC. In addition to the Classic Amp, we also have the Cyrus PSX-R2 (€1195), the matching power supply, at our disposal for review.