Cyrus III Amplifiers

4.33/5 (18 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pithecanthrowupiserectus a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2014

Bottom Line:   
Recently I bought a 2nd hand Cyrus-III amp here in The Netherlands. Paid EUR 250 for it, maybe a bit too much…? That's what I thought. As an electronic engineer I immediately opened it up and replaced some major capacitors, added ceramic RF decoupling here and there and then, went for a listening session. As a lover of progressive jazz, I always test on 'instrument isolation capabilities'. I know each instrument, what it does and how it should sound. Then, my thought was: Cannot do much. The speakers are 95% of my sound, so I am playing only with the 5% left… Well, that's what I *thought*.
What a great amp! I greatly recommend it to everyone here who is looking for a good 2nd hand amplifier. Amazing, the definition is enormous, wide and deep, clear as hell on my focal tweeters and Audax main driver. The III might get too old now if you are not capable in replacing some capacitor stuff here and there, but newer types certainly will be top !

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by simonashton a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I actualy paid £250. I have the 3 not the 3i. I got this amp as an upgrade from my Technics SA-R230L. I’m running it with Mordaunt-Short ms25i speakers and a Technics SL-PG490 with home made interconnectors and Gale speaker cable. I hadn’t heard this amp before I got it. But I had heard a Cyrus 7 in a shop, which sounded brilliant. So when the time came to upgrade the choice was between a Audiolab 8000a, a Musical Fidelity XA-1 or the Cyrus. By only reading reviews I decided to go for the Cyrus. I was a bit worried about it only being 50wats but I found it is easily enough to power my speakers. It may only say 50wats but that’s just when it stays within the specifications, i.e. distortion levels etc.. But in actual fact it is very powerful. The Bass is excellent and the treble is smooth but crisp. The imaging is very accurate on vocals and acoustic instruments. Separation and soundstage are what you would expect from a high-end amp. I think my favourite thing about this amp (apart form everything) is the way that it sounds so smooth like a valve amp, but it is very clear, crisp and powerful because its a transistor. Also it looks pretty neat on the rack ^^ It just made my speakers sound 100% better! Mordant-Short and Cyrus are a amazing match! My next upgrade will probably be my speakers. I was thinking about getting Magnapan MMg's but ended up getting the amp. So I think they will be next. If I can get them shipped over from America at a decent price. I've talked enough now....

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $361.00

Purchased At:   Second Hand (value r



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by blowfish a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Fine at first when powering smaller less demanding speakers. Build quality very poor with regard to internals

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1996

Price Paid:    $800.00



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Peter Mercer a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Initially I purchased an entry level set up from the Cyrus range 3i integrated and DAD3 CD player, Good smooth sound though limited, rock/indie music could sound dull and uninvolving unless well produced. Classical, Jazz, acoustic and less cluttered well produced music fairing well. I later added a Cyrus Power and Bi amped using the 3i to drive the bass and the Power to drive the treble - what a tremendous difference, heavy well defined bass, good soundstaging and detail in the upper frequencies. Conclusion is that the 3i is average to good on its own however add a power amp and youve got an excellent entry level set up (recommend use floor standing speakers) The 3i can also be used as a pre amp only, connected to two cyrus powers in a bi amp config and you've got one heck of a sound, detail and power, can take on most kinds of music.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Audio Excellence



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nathan Bewsher a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I recently bought the III with a Cyrus dAD 3 CD player second hand from Lintone Audio (650 UK £ for the pair)

I auditioned these against my existing system and an Arcam setup. After listening to the Cyrus, I couldn't bear the Arcam, after the Cyrus it sounded far too harsh and uninviting.

I have been more surprised also when I got home and plugged the two into my Mission M74s, the bass is incredible, while not drowning out the vocals and the treble detailing is immense. Top Notch.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Lintone Audio




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