Whats my next upgrade?

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I am currently running the following.... Cyrus CD6 Cyrus Amp 8 vs Focal JM-Lan 714s I am not looking for specific improvement in anyone area, I listen to a very wide variety of music, but quite a lot of fast paced club style house music as I'm a DJ. Looking for the next upgrade don't have masses to spend, but would be interested in views on whether adding a PSX-R to either CD player or Amp will help? Or whether I should look at having either upgraded or should I be looking for better speakers? Cheers in advance, plus this is also my first post, so hello to everyone!!! :)
 
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Hello!

IMO the strongest part of your setup is the speakers! Focal make great speakers across their range and will do justice to kit well above thjeir own price point.

I would take advantage of the strong resale value of your Cyrus kit and look at changing amp and CDP.

I seem to recommend this a lot but I would look at maybe a Creek EVO CDP and EVO amp or, if you could push to it, a Sugden A21a amp. Ignore what people say about the low 'on paper' power of the Sugden, I've heard that amp with those speakers many a time with all sorts of music. Makes me happy every time!
 

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[quote user="BigGuads"]I would take advantage of the strong resale value of your Cyrus kit and look at changing amp and CDP. I seem to recommend this a lot but I would look at maybe a Creek EVO CDP and EVO amp or, if you could push to it, a Sugden A21a amp.[/quote]

I certainly would'nt do that. Perhaps change your cyruse's for the latest 8 versions if you dont have those already. Adding a psx will 'tidy' up the sound and give firmer bass. The sugden sounds very clear, sweet but boring, thin and without any drive/punch. You have a nice system which you like. Keep it. The Evo's are, if not downgrading, a move sidewards.
 
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I would definitely not describe it as a sideways move and the Sugden is as far from boring as you can get at that price! Plenty of drive and punch! Each to their own though...
 
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Upgrade the mains cables before spending more on new components.
If you dont hear an improvement you can send them back for refund - most manufacturers offer a 60 day trial period.
 
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Thanks for the replies, I don't really want to move away from the Cyrus stuff as I have limited space on my rack for more traditional sized boxes. Does anyone know what it would cost to upgrade the CD6 and 8vs Amp to the latest 8 versions?
 
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Have a look at this...

http://www.cyrusaudio.com/cms_downloads/CyrusCDUpgradePriceList2008.pdf
 
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If you dont want to get rid of the Cyrus gear, Id say there are two clear upgrade paths that you can take based on the fact that I agree your speakers are good enough to keep at moment:

1. Add a DAC-X and use the CD6 as a transport. Expensive, but there are x-demo deals about which are good.

2. Add a Cyrus power amp (Cyrus power 8 or even better, X Power if you can afford it) and use your Cyrus 8 as a pre. The 8 as a pre is nearly impossible to tell a difference against the Cyrus purpose built pre-amp. You can also mess about with using the 8 to power the tweeters in a bi-amp set-up.

Given your music preference, Id say 2. is the best. Will give more weight and punch to your bass lines.
 

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