The Cyrus One is a stereo amplifier that now comes with 3 months free access to music streaming service TIDAL – here is our review.
This is how Cyrus describe the One:
“Breath-taking audio from a single box integrated amplifier. Compact, yet boasting an incredible audio specification. Send Bluetooth from your phone, directly connect a record player, or plug in Google’s Chromecast audio for CD quality streamed music. It also has sound for pound, one of the best headphone amplifiers money can buy. ONE is the standard by which others are measured.”
What’s in the Box?
The box contains the Cyrus One, a small remote control, power cables, paperwork and a manual on a CD.
A Closer Look
Using TIDAL with the Cyrus One
TIDAL delivers seamless listening across mobile, tablet, desktop and network players. Enjoy lossless music streaming on Apple devices from iPhone, iPad and iPod to Mac, as well as on PC and Android systems. Plus integration in a wide range of high fidelity network players – the Cyrus One being one of them.
Once you have created your TIDAL account you need to download and install the software on either your computer or your phone / tablet. Just choose your device, download the software and away you go.
Once that’s done you can start searching for music you want to listen to.
And it’s very easy to add music to your playlists so that you can listen to them via any device.
You can then start to play your selected music directly to the Cyrus One (ensuring you have Bluetooth selected on the One).
TIDAL is available in more than 52 countries, with more than a 51 million song catalog and 192,000 high quality videos – so there’s bound to be something you want to listen to.
The Cyrus One comes very well packaged – don’t forget to take note of the 3 month subscription code for TIDAL that will be on the box.
Once you have taken the Cyrus One out of the box and connected it all up you should update the firmware. This was a simple process and just involves downloading the firmware update file to your PC or Mac, connecting that to the One via a USB cable and then running the update file – simple!
Connected up a set of speakers was simple – and if you are not sure which connectors to connect the speaker cables to, there are diagrams in the box to help you do it.
It is also easy to connect up various other devices, such as a record player and also a Google Chromecast device.
The front of the One has a power switch and two large dials. The left hand dial enables you to select which audio input you want to use – the first one is aptX Bluetooth. The right hand dial is the volume. When you first power on the One all the lights one on sequentially.
There is also a remote control but to be honest it’s very small and doesn’t have many features, and you are more likely to use the Cyrus One app for your smartphone than the remote.
Given the cost of the One itself the remote is a little disappointing and feels a little cheap.
Sound wise though the One is great – really great in fact. The sound really comes through well from any of the sources hooked up to it, with 100 watts per channel.
Which brings us nicely onto TIDAL. TIDAL is a music streaming service that delivers lossless audio and is available via subscription.
TIDAL’s HiFi tier is the leading standard in lossless audio streaming. Simply selecting the Chromecast option which automatically appears in the TIDAL App, music lovers can enjoy millions of tracks in hi-fi quality. In partnership with MQA (Master Quality Authenticated), TIDAL offers ‘Master’ quality audio in over 105,000 tracks from Warner Music Group, TIDAL artist owners and key independent labels. The platform is continuing to add more master-quality content, allowing fans to hear music the way the artist intended. Superior to regular or even aptX Bluetooth, streaming via Chromecast Audio affords music streaming without compromise, with zero compression delivering lossless audio that reveals staggering detail and clarity. Unlike the majority of consumer streaming devices, Chromecast Audio features a high-specification DAC (Digital Analogue Converter), widely revered for its ability to deliver incredible levels of audio detail.
You can streaming TIDAL from your phone, your tablet or your computer, and setting up and using TIDAL is very easy. Just look for whatever music you want, and hit play, and just sit back and enjoy the lossless quality coming through your speakers. And you really can tell the difference listening to it too!
The Cyrus One has been available for a while now, but the inclusion of Google Chromecast, along with a three month trial of TIDAL really makes the package worth while and worth taking a look at if you had skipped it before.
The Cyrus One with TIDAL is available now priced around £699 and if you are in the market for a great quality amp along with a lossless streaming service, that you should definitely take a look, and a listen, to this one!