Cyrus Pre-XR Pre-amplifier

Cyrus Pre-XR preamplifier.


What we Say:

The Cyrus Pre-XR is one of 5 models that make up the brand new XR range.  The range consist of the CDi-XR CD player, CDt-XR transport, i7-XR &i9-XR integrated amplifiers and Pre-XR pre-amplifier.

All models feature brand new case styling in phantom black finish. The font panels feature new touch sensitive buttons and a brand new monochrome display. This gives the XR range a fresh new look. The biggest change is under the lid where the 5 models feature upgraded components and board layouts throughout.

All models can be upgraded by adding an external PSU which will be released later in the year. This intelligent power supply  connects up using a multiway connector.

The Cyrus Pre-XR features new circuit board layouts that focus on reducing noise. Power tracking starts by flowing through the quietest parts of the circuits first. Then it moves to the noisier parts of the product, This means the most critical sections of the circuitry get the cleanest power.

The new XR range have many upgraded components over the classic range. The approach to the new range was just to pick the best options rather than working to a specific budget for them.

The Pre-XR features a wide range of analogue and digital input connections.  These consist of 4 line level inputs, 1 moving magnet input, 2 optical digital, 2 coaxial digital and one USB digital inputs. The Pre-XR also has Pre-amplifier output on both single ended and balanced XLR connections and also a headphone amplifier.

The new Cyrus Pre-XR also features the second generation of the new QXR DAC. This enables it to get the very best performance out of all of your digital sources.  To hear the Pre-XR or any XR component please get in touch to book a demonstration.

New user interface information.

New DAC information.

New power supply information.

More information on the signal path.

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What they say:


The Pre-XR is one of the first wave of products, heralding the new XR series of Cyrus components. The familiar Cyrus precision die-cast case is the same, but everything else has changed. With ground-up engineering inside, an all-new phantom black paint finish, touch-sensitive controls and a higher resolution display that is customisable for brightness, contrast and polarity, the high-quality finish of XR makes a strong statement.


The power supply design of the Pre-XR has received special attention. An over-specified 74VA power transformer delivers power to a high capacity power supply reserve. Within the circuit design, a generous total of 15 independent power supply regulators regulate, then sub regulates quiet power.

Digital control circuits are assigned a separate mains power supply, completely isolated from the signal circuitry.


The Pre-XR features a choice of balanced audio drive via XLR connectors for best performance in systems where it is partnered by high-end power amplifiers with balanced inputs. An unbalanced output is also provided.


The Pre-XR analogue preamp features relay input selection and a new high-performance gain stage. This short path design makes the analogue preamplifier extremely transparent. With four analogue inputs and phono MM, the Pre-XR will cover just about any system requirement for analogue connectivity.


The Pre-XR includes a port for the new PSU-XR power supply. Thirty years ago Cyrus broke new ground with the introduction of the PSX-R, the first-ever regulated power supply upgrade that automatically adapted to match perfectly the power requirements of any connected product. The PSU-XR raises the bar by sourcing no less than five independent regulated supplies in a single box. For the Pre-XR the PSU-XR steps in to take over power supply for the analogue stages of the preamplifier.


The DAC input stage of the Pre-XR features a new 2nd generation version of our award-winning QXR DAC, but with an all-new high-speed analogue buffer stage. Seven digital filter alignment options are user adjustable to suit the taste of the listener. Input options include USB audio (to 768k sample rate) and DSD to DSD512, 2 x SPDIF digital and 2 x optical digital inputs.


A new menu system makes the Pre-XR highly customisable yet easy to set up. With a tree-style navigation structure and both local and remote control navigation, menu settings are quick and simple to select.



  • 4 x Analogue inputs
  • 1 x Phono MM input
  • 2 x Optical inputs
  • 2 x Coaxial digital inputs
  • 1 x Asynchronous USB input
  • 1 x Analogue preamplifier out
  • 1 x Headphone output
  • PSU-XR upgrade port
  • Headphone amplifier, 2 x 138mW into 16 Ω (<0.1% THD)
  • SPDIF supported formats 16/44.1k – 24/192k
  • USB supported formats 16/44.1k – 32/768k
  • DSD supported formats up to DSD512 (requires PC and Cyrus USB driver)
  • DOP supported formats up to DOP128
  • Custom input naming
  • iR14 Remote control included
  • Dimensions (H x W x D) – 73 x 215 x 360 mm
  • Weight 4.3kg