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'In Today's Money!'

Si O' the Times

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I have a Cyrus and Dynaudio system, components of which are between 10 and 15 years old.
Each item (at the time) cost £700-800:

Cyrus CD6SE2 £700
Cyrus 8vs Amp £800
Dynaudio Excite X12 £700

I've since added various items (PSX-R, X Power amp & Cambridge Dacmagic 100).

With lockdown time on my hands I've been contemplating upgrades and chiefly how much it would cost in 2021, for a system that would better my current one.
Given that Cyrus's cheapest CD player is now almost £1200, what am I looking at, and where should I go - if anywhere?

I've also been looking at individual upgrades, other DACs and speaker upgrades (Evoke 20's) , but would this outlay be worthwhile with my old system?

I gladly welcome any input from my more learned colleagues! ;-)
 

muljao

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I know everyone says this but it's true, where is your own system letting you down? What do you want to improve.

My friend recently sold a mission cyrus, the original one because he was modernizing. That 25 watt 20 odd year old amp sounded fantastic. I don't think comparing price for old price is a good way to upgrade
 

Al ears

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Unless there is something sorely missing from your current system then I would keep it.
Perhaps the DAC could be upgraded to the new version but no point in replacing the GDP unless it is failing and then I would replace it with the Audiolab CDT6000 transport rather than another Cyrus CDP especially if you upgrade that DAC
 
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Gray

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I agree, don't place too much importance on prices then and now.
(At any time there will always be bargains and overpriced stuff).

My own Cyrus 8 of course, is older than your 8vs.
But I know that in an attempt to upgrade it, I could do a lot worse.
I certainly wouldn't want to lose the best aspects of it - and I'm sure you know what they are.

Mind how you go, the grass isn't always greener.
 
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Si O' the Times

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Thanks for your advice Gents (I assume!).

You know what it's like when you have the internet and time on your hands (no, not that! :ROFLMAO:).

I really love my system and the 8vs has real emotional pull too, as it was bought with some money that a relative left me when she died. At that point I never thought I'd be able to afford a Cyrus.

It's difficult when you read a lot about HiFi, but have no way of knowing whether it sounds better than what you already have.

I started thinking about CD player replacements a couple of days ago, when a disc started skipping (it's totally fine again now after much testing).
I'm on my second Cyrus CD player and the standard £300 repair fee had me looking at similarly-sized replacements (LEAK CDT & Pro-Ject CD Box DS2T). If it does start playing up again, I'll try out the audiolab too (though that will mean a new rack!).
I'd already identified the little Dacmagic 100 as a possible weak link and I've read quite a bit about the new 200M - it's currently top of my (Big Boy's Pocket Money - as my wife call's it!) shopping list.
I would hope that would improve on the internal DAC in my old CD6 SE2 as well.

Thanks again for your help - it's nice to be able to ramble about HiFi nonsense! :)
 
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nopiano

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I reckon Hifi prices have roughly doubled in that period. Obviously there are exceptions, but you’d probably need about four grand to get similar, brand new, today.
I kept my previous amp, cd and speakers over twenty years, and found out three years ago what it would cost to replace! That’s why I bought some items secondhand or ex-dem.
 

Si O' the Times

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I reckon Hifi prices have roughly doubled in that period. Obviously there are exceptions, but you’d probably need about four grand to get similar, brand new, today.
I kept my previous amp, cd and speakers over twenty years, and found out three years ago what it would cost to replace! That’s why I bought some items secondhand or ex-dem.
Thanks for that - I've a feeling my kit might see me out then! Cyrus prices appear to have doubled definitely, thank goodness for Ebay, eh? :)
 

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