Cyrus Gaming soundKey (Black) USB DAC/Headphone Amp

Cyrus Gaming soundKey (Black)

USB DAC/Headphone Amp

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(5 available across all stores)

£51.95 RRP £79.0000

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Remember, these are clearance items and therefore condition and accessories/promo items supplied may vary. Please call/email the store to check the price/stock/condition and reserve your clearance bargain. Unfortunately due to costs, and size, TVs can’t be mail ordered from store, or transferred between stores.
ALL CLEARANCE ITEMS ARE FULLY GUARANTEED FOR 12 MONTHS. Please note that extended guarantees are not available on these products.

”It makes a handsome difference to your on-the-go sound”. ’What Hi-Fi?’ 2020 award-winner.

Improved sound, improved gaming

You’ve got a top processor, powerful GPU and massive RAM, but to be a top gamer you need to hear every detail. This is where the Cyrus Gaming soundKey comes in. When paired with 3D audio software and high quality, wired headphones, it unlocks a whole new level of sonic detail. Subtle sounds, such as footsteps, reloads and other details are clearly heard – keeping you one-step ahead of your competition.

Plug-and-play performance
Connecting the Gaming soundKey is easy. Essentially a USB-A connected external soundcard, the soundKey delivers plug-and-play performance with your PC. Also compatible with Mac or mobile device*, the soundKey is a flexible upgrade. *Please note that mobile connected devices will require an additional cable - USB-A (large type) cable supplied.

Award-winning sound quality
Winner of What Hi-Fi’s prestigious ‘Best DAC under £150 2018’ award, plus many others, the soundKey is widely regarded as one of the best you can get at its price. Using a high quality DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) and Cyrus’s renowned digital audio expertise, the soundKey delivers stunning results with music, too.

Compatible with Hi-Res music files
A further bonus with the soundKey is that it’s compatible with Hi-Res music files up to 24 bit/96kHz. This means that, as well as MP3 and AAC files, it will also replay your Hi-Res FLAC files. Hi-Res makes the music sound more natural, with subtle detail easier to detect and more life-like sounding.

Ultra-low power consumption
A key advantage with this portable DAC over others is the extremely low power consumption. With a battery drain of less than 50 milliamps – under half the maximum recommended by Apple for use with their iOS devices – the soundKey is kind to your device’s battery. What this means is a much longer device battery life than when using other mini-DACs. The device itself is also battery-free, so no charging required.

Strong, compact and light
Crafted using high quality brushed aluminium, the soundKey is both lightweight and strong. Its sleek design combined with its compact dimensions and mere 18g weight make it perfect for gaming and music on the move.

Take your gaming ability to the next level, with the Cyrus Gaming soundKey.
”It makes a handsome difference to your on-the-go sound”. ’What Hi-Fi?’ 2020 award-winner.

Improved sound, improved gaming

You’ve got a top processor, powerful GPU and massive RAM, but to be a top gamer you need to hear every detail. This is where the Cyrus Gaming soundKey comes in. When paired with 3D audio software and high quality, wired headphones, it unlocks a whole new level of sonic detail. Subtle sounds, such as footsteps, reloads and other details are clearly heard – keeping you one-step ahead of your competition.

Plug-and-play performance
Connecting the Gaming soundKey is easy. Essentially a USB-A connected external soundcard, the soundKey delivers plug-and-play performance with your PC. Also compatible with Mac or mobile device*, the soundKey is a flexible upgrade. *Please note that mobile connected devices will require an additional cable - USB-A (large type) cable supplied.

Award-winning sound quality
Winner of What Hi-Fi’s prestigious ‘Best DAC under £150 2018’ award, plus many others, the soundKey is widely regarded as one of the best you can get at its price. Using a high quality DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) and Cyrus’s renowned digital audio expertise, the soundKey delivers stunning results with music, too.

Compatible with Hi-Res music files
A further bonus with the soundKey is that it’s compatible with Hi-Res music files up to 24 bit/96kHz. This means that, as well as MP3 and AAC files, it will also replay your Hi-Res FLAC files. Hi-Res makes the music sound more natural, with subtle detail easier to detect and more life-like sounding.

Ultra-low power consumption
A key advantage with this portable DAC over others is the extremely low power consumption. With a battery drain of less than 50 milliamps – under half the maximum recommended by Apple for use with their iOS devices – the soundKey is kind to your device’s battery. What this means is a much longer device battery life than when using other mini-DACs. The device itself is also battery-free, so no charging required.

Strong, compact and light
Crafted using high quality brushed aluminium, the soundKey is both lightweight and strong. Its sleek design combined with its compact dimensions and mere 18g weight make it perfect for gaming and music on the move.

Take your gaming ability to the next level, with the Cyrus Gaming soundKey.
Brand Cyrus
Colour Black
Weight (KG) 18g
Bluetooth No
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 23 x 8 x 54
High Resolution Audio Yes
Coaxial Digital Input No
Optical Digital Input No
Power Consumption- Normal Use Under 50mA
USB Input Yes
Headphone Output Yes
XLR Balanced Outputs No
DAC Texas Instruments PCM5102
Included Cables USB-A Cable Connection
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Problem solved and improved experience I have considered getting this DAC for many years and at last I have been able to buy at a favourable discount, thank you. Recently I decided to buy a turntable and, using our LPs retrieved from long term storage, add to our collection of cd's for personal use and archiving purposes. This DAC not only enhances the pleasure and performance of my headphones but also enables me to monitor recordings through the computer USB circuit. Prior to using this DAC I was failing to get an audible response for monitoring purposes through the analogue sound card output.
Date published: 2021-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good service Bought a Cyrus portable DAC from Richer Sounds. Good price, prompt delivery, great product. Can't ask for more!
Date published: 2021-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A bargain at the price I purchased this just prior to Xmas, having long been dissatisfied with the quality of the audio on my PC, using both the Realtek chip on the motherboard, and the Nvidia audio codec. Neither option was particularly great. So, having done my research, and not having much of a budget to play with at present, I settled on the Cyrus Soundkey. What a difference! The music is much easier to follow, there's more space around instruments, more definition,and overall, the music has more drive. That's purely in terms of quality, the volume level that this little thing is capable of is scarcely believable. I should add right now, I already had a decent little headphone amp, a Pro-Ject Headbox, which I've had for years, but obviously, that was merely amplifying what was previously poor sound. The Cyrus outperforms it, and cost me a bit less than the Pro-Ject did. I'm currently listening through a pair of AKG K79s, another Richer Sounds purchase, which have served me well, and seem to be a very good match for the Soundkey. I know there are superior DAC/Headphone amps out there, but in all honesty, you would have to spend a fair bit more for any truly worthwhile upgrade over the Cyrus. At the price I paid, a bargain. I have not tried it with my phone yet, not being a mobile listener, but I imagine the benefits would be pretty clear there also. Very pleased, and also impressed with the quick delivery via Richer Sounds' online service, despite it being a very busy pre-Xmas period.
Date published: 2021-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little device I love the Soundkey so much I bought a few of them now it's been discontinued, including one for my friend. My first one was green and this gaming one is the graphite colour which is a very neutral colour and I prefer it. The Soundkeys sound great, I prefer the sound over all the Dragonflies, and they seem well built. My green one I've used for a couple of years very regularly and it still works. I use them with Philips Fidelio X2HR headphones and it works great. I highly recommend this product and of course Richer Sounds.
Date published: 2020-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Description could be clearer. Though the description states this Gaming Soundkey is compatible with mobile devices the usb-c cable required for most smartphones is NOT included - only comes with usb-a cable for PC connection. There is a red version of the Soundkey sold elsewhere that does come with the usb-c cable (same device but different cable). Richer Sounds don't sell the usb-c cable separately, and buying one elsewhere is a bit hit and miss: some cables are poor quality, some just don't work - it's a faff! The usb-b to usb-c cable from Lindy appears to be good quality. Just waiting for my cable to arrive so can't yet comment on sound quality. I did try advising Richer Sounds that they should make clear in the description the usb-c is not included but the email response sounded like they didn't understand what I was saying. Otherwise the ordering process was fine. To be aware.
Date published: 2020-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Socially distanced sound The soundkey pulls a huge amount of detail out of your headphones, whether you are connecting to a phone or a laptop. It's very easy to use on a laptop. Plug the lead into a USB port, attach the cyrus to the lead and then connect your headphones to the cyrus. That's it. Apple users need another wire, but that shoudn't be a deal breaker. What you get is a richer and more detailed sound that could have you playing all your favourite albums all over again. Its party trick is to add a large dollop of separation to most tracks. At times this is so startling that it can feel like the music is being deconstructed. I thoroughly enjoy it, but be warned that this extra separation can make it feel that the different instruments and voices are standing far apart, like they're socially distanced from each other. But the improvement in sound for a relatively low cost has to be a five star product,
Date published: 2020-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple to use,just plug on and play. Simple to use device that adds additional fidelity to the sound.Maybe would benefit from a volume control.
Date published: 2020-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent sound Works well with my old Denon PMA355UK. Detailed and nice balance
Date published: 2020-11-22
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In-Store Clearance Item

Open Box Guide Price
(5 available across all stores)

£51.95 RRP £79.0000

SAVE

34%

 

Remember, these are clearance items and therefore condition and accessories/promo items supplied may vary. Please call/email the store to check the price/stock/condition and reserve your clearance bargain. Unfortunately due to costs, and size, TVs can’t be mail ordered from store, or transferred between stores.
ALL CLEARANCE ITEMS ARE FULLY GUARANTEED FOR 12 MONTHS. Please note that extended guarantees are not available on these products.