Cyrus 8xpd vs Naim Nait 5i with Lavry DA-10 or similar

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Recently upgraded a 2004 Rega Brio for a 2006 Naim Nait 5i non italic. Most of my music is coming from my Macbook with itunes sending lossless, wav and aiff files via Airport Express to a Beresford TC-7510. I have a Marantz cd63ki mk2 and find I prefer the sound this gives over the Beresford. My current setup can feel a little aggressive over long periods of listening especially at louder volumes.

My dilemma is should I upgrade my DAC to something like a Lavry DA-10 Black or trade in the amp and buy a Cyrus 8xpd with a built in DAC (can't afford the Supernait or NDAC)?

Many thanks in advance for advice.
 
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Cyrus is a good bet, you can upgrade DAC to Q spec at a later date if you want a better DAC. Most importantly you need to take your amp into a Cyrus dealer and do a back to back comparison with your current setup.
 

JamesOK

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This is an interesting thread from my point of view, as I previously
had a Nait 5i too. I found it tiresome after long periods of listening,
and am currently looking at other options.
Had some good advice
from a dealer last weekend, and he suggested I demo'ed the Cyrus 8xpd
against the Naim Nait XS which he believes may be more to my taste. Sothe Cyrus would seem like a good option for your needs too.
 
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You haven't mentioned what speakers, cables and interconnects you are using with your front end and amp.
 
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Cable Talk Broadcast from CD > amp, Cable Talk Monitor from DAC > amp, Naim NACA5 amp > to Monitor Audio BR2.

I'm also looking at upgrading my speakers, another quandary.
 

bluebrazil

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i think i would look at changing the speakers first, good matching with your amp should mellow the sound out for you
 
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simeonc:

My current setup can feel a little aggressive over long periods of listening especially at louder volumes.

My dilemma is should I upgrade my DAC to something like a Lavry DA-10 Black or trade in the amp and buy a Cyrus 8xpd with a built in DAC (can't afford the Supernait or NDAC)?

Many thanks in advance for advice.

I don't think Cyrus would solve your problem. It is a demanding listen, its transparecy, over-analytical and up front presentation can be tiresome over long listening periods.
 
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Thanks for the speaker advise, I'm very aware this is a prominent issue in the setup. At the moment I'm just really interested in making the best match for the Naim Nait 5i and a DAC to deliver an exciting but not teeth clinching combination. I would try a CD5i if it wasn't for the fact that most of CD collection is in the cellar and my main source is my powerbook.

I figure I should sort out my source before investing in new speakers, I have limited funds and want to upgrade in stages.

Has anyone found a perfect Naim and DAC alliance without a £2000 Naim DAC? £600 is my limit!
 

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