Published On: March 21, 2024

Cyrus Audio Updates Phono Signature To Classic Phono Preamplifier

Published On: March 21, 2024
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Cyrus Audio Updates Phono Signature To Classic Phono Preamplifier

Cyrus Audio unveils the Classic Phono preamplifier, a refined successor to its acclaimed Phono Signature.

Cyrus Audio Updates Phono Signature To Classic Phono Preamplifier

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Cyrus Audio has unveiled the Classic Phono, an updated iteration of its acclaimed Phono Signature preamplifier. Promising enhanced performance without an increase in price, the Classic Phono preamplifier aims to cater to the discerning needs of audiophiles while maintaining affordability.

The Phono Signature, introduced in 2016 with a price tag of £1,895 (around $2400), quickly gained recognition for its exceptional quality and advanced features. Now, the Classic Phono builds upon its predecessor's success, offering improvements in various areas while retaining the same competitive pricing.

Following a rigorous year-long research and development process, Cyrus Audio has refined the Classic Phono to deliver superior performance in several key aspects. Much like its predecessor, the Classic Phono preamplifier boasts the capability to accommodate up to four turntables simultaneously, allowing users to seamlessly switch between different setups. 

Front view of the Cyrus Audio Classic Phono Preamplifier.

Each input can be tailored to match the specific cartridge type (MM or MC) or individual preferences, with options for gain, resistance, and capacitance adjustments.

“We wanted to make sure that an update to this popular phono stage did not unnecessarily push up the price and that it remained very much a part of the new Classic series," said Chris Hutcheson, Head of Marketing at Cyrus. 

"A year of work from our R&D team has enabled us to re-examine all areas of the Phono Signature and carry out updates where possible. The baseplate has also been updated in line with the Classic AMP, PRE, STREAM and POWER, which provides improved mechanical isolation as well as greater immunity to external electrical interference, which is vitally important when it comes to the accurate reproduction of audio.” 

One notable feature of the Classic Phono preamplifier is its incorporation of balanced XLR connections alongside RCA outputs, providing versatility in connectivity. Additionally, the inclusion of a port for the PSX-R2 power supply offers the possibility of further enhancing stability and reducing noise, catering to audiophiles seeking optimal sound quality.

Rear view of the Cyrus Audio Classic Phono Preamplifier showing inputs and connectivity options.

The Classic Phono preamplifier retains the warp filter functionality found in its predecessor, designed to mitigate bass excursion on warped records, along with a ground lift switch to address ground hum issues effectively. 

Furthermore, the integration of the same baseplate used in Cyrus Audio's Classic series models ensures improved mechanical isolation and resistance to external electrical interference, resulting in more accurate audio reproduction.

Technical Specifications:

  • Connection for up to four turntables
  • All inputs compatible with MM and MC cartridges
  • MC inputs configurable for gain, load and capacitance
  • Stereo output level meters with peak hold to optimise MC gain
  • Remote control operation
  • XLR balanced and RCA outputs
  • Warp filter to reduce bass excursion on warped records
  • Ground lift switch to help eliminate ground hum problems
  • PSX-R upgrade port
  • Size (H x W x D) 75 x 215 x 365 mm (2.95” x 8.46” x 13.98”)
  • Weight 4.1kg (9lbs)
  • EAN 230V version 5060020434730
  • EAN 115V version 5060020434747

Despite these enhancements, Cyrus Audio has kept the price of the Classic Phono consistent with that of the Phono Signature, maintaining affordability for vinyl enthusiasts. Priced at £1,895 (around $2400), the Classic Phono offers a compelling option for audiophiles seeking high-quality sound reproduction without breaking the bank.

The Classic Phono is now available for purchase, offering an enticing upgrade for enthusiasts eager to elevate their vinyl playback setup to new heights.

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