Nad C162/C 272, the Cyrus 8 and the Roksan Caspian M Series-1
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Your amp is the heart of your system, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to find the fine
sound – as this trio of well-known names shows. We compare Cyrus 8 integrated, Nad C 162 pre/C 272 power amp and Roksan
If your antidote
to the washout of summer that was 2004 is to spend several hundred pounds
jetting off to far-off climes in search of some late-season sun, then maybe you
should think again. A similar sum
invested in a new amplifier for your hi-fi will reward you with years of
musical enjoyment, and it’ll be a sure way to forget those soggy summer blues. With this in mind,
HFN has rounded up three amplifiers costing between £800 and £999
to see how the latest offerings from some well-known names in the industry
Taking things in
alphabetical order (and coincidentally, in ascending order of price) the first
amp to be considered is the Cyrus 8 integrated. This is the replacement for the Cyrus 7, its lineage being obvious from
the unusually small 215 x 75 x 360mm (whd) dimensions, and the slightly
Batman-esque looks, which it shares with both its predecessor and the rest of
the Cyrus range.
At the bottom of
the fascia is a row of seven buttons.
These are for source selection, and are labelled CD, TU (tuner), AV,
AUX1 and 2, and Tape 1 and 2, the latter allowing for dubbing between two
recording devices if required.Above the
buttons on the left are the standby power switch and the sensor for the remote
control; below these are buttons for Mute and Phones.
these, to the right, is the volume control, which is surrounded by a ring of
red LEDs that glow in relation to the volume setting. The volume control is unusual in its gearing:
several rotations are required to increase sound levels at the lower end of the
scale, allowing for very precise control when it comes to setting those late
night listening levels.
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