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Cyrus soundKey (Gaming) (Black)

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”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.
Connectivity
Headphone Output
Yes
USB Input
Yes
Audio
High Resolution Audio
Yes
Features
DAC
Texas Instruments PCM5102
Energy Consumption
Power Consumption - Normal Use (W)
Under 50mA
Dimensions
Dimensions WxHxD (mm)
23 x 54 x 8
Weight
Weight (KG)
18g
Accessories
Included Cables
USB-A Cable Connection
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little device I bought this to enable me to improve the sound quality of devices such as my Android phone and Kindle Fire through my HiFi system(marantz\spendor). It works a treat. I did have to buy a different connector for each of the types of USB but that was fine as I had expected it (you won't need these if you are using this as a USBA computer/ headphones/type of connection which is supplied). The key thing for me is the significant improvement in sound quality; it is very small and unobtrusive; and the price was fine (best to direct through Richer website- also very happy with prompt delivery...). Next step is to try out with my Amazon Echoflex (needs another cable type but I can live with that)
Date published: 2021-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great improvement in sound quality Bought this to use with my Grado SR80e headphones...was not disappointed with the results. The Soundkey takes sound quality to another level... more of everything with improved clarity and soundstage. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2021-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For the money makes a clear, worthwhile difference Wasn't entirely convinced before by the DAC fuss for casual listening but this sure broke out the soundstage for my phone .
Date published: 2021-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing sound from a tiny gadget I bought my Cyrus Soundkey for music rather than gaming. From online reviews I got the impression it was a serious competitor to the Audioquest Dragon Red at the price of the Black. I’m not disappointed; the Soundkey transforms the sound through earphones from my Toshiba laptop into a whole new level where you can really enjoy it. The transformation with my iPad is not so great but still very impressive and worthwhile. Well worth the money!
Date published: 2021-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All is revealed. I recently treat myself to some B and O H4 second gen. headphones and realised that the soundcard in my computer was rubbish. I'd recently downloaded some Reference Recordings albums which should have sounded top notch. Mahler's 8th symphony foe example was coarse and distorted. Enter the Cyrus soundkey. I plugged this little device in and it loaded to the computer at once. Suddenly Mahler's monster 8th is as clear as a bell. Tried it with Steely Dan and the results were amazing. Get one while you can.
Date published: 2021-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cyrus Gaming SoundKey Makes my IPhone become high end Hi-Fi making the instrumentation, well separated and truly crystal clear! You need to purchase an Apple Camera adapter as an extra to connect
Date published: 2021-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cyrus Soundkey, Amazing Sound!!! I recently purchased some AKG K92 headphones which are amazing audiophile quality headphones for a bargain price. In addition, having purchased from Richer Sounds before, I purchased the Rel Zero Mk 3 from them and as part of the order they were offering a free Cyrus Soundkey. My £40 headphones now sound like a £400 pair!!! Even if you bought these from Richer Sounds for £59 they are a fantastic addition to your headphones. The websales were super helpful as well with both of my purchases. Well done and Thank You Richer Sounds.
Date published: 2021-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An affordable step up in output quality I bought this to provide me with a step up in output audio quality from my PC, phone and tablet. It has done this admirably at a very reasonable price. Only slight disappointment was that it only came with one USB cable so I had to buy both micro USB and USB C cables to connect to my tablet and phone.
Date published: 2021-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great item, excellent sound, and good service! Really pleased with this gadget. May have to purchase another. Really improves the quality of the sound output from PC and laptop. Not tested from android phone as require a different cable, not supplied. Good service, click and collect from local store, and speedy delivery. Also, best price available, yes even better than amazon. Pleased to be able to support my local shop!
Date published: 2021-01-24
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound, easy to use. This is the second soundkey for me. I use one with a cellphone, and the sound is just great! The second one I use with the PC for my home cinema - projector and audio system.
Date published: 2020-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound! Much more improvement of separation, body, hights and bass of instruments. I use it mainly for Android phone and my iPad mini 4. Excellent value for the money!
Date published: 2020-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from sounds good I bought this to use with my new pixel phone. It sounds good and is small enough not to get in the way, my only complaint is that i cannot connect directly to the usb-c socket on the phone and the suitable cable will cost another £10 plus P&P. If the input on the soundkey was usb-c rather than the old micro usb it would be simpler.
Date published: 2020-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great at price Exactly what I wanted and expected. Good so far. Thank you
Date published: 2020-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than just a mobile DAC I bought this to connect my Samsung galaxy note 10 to my Cambridge audio amplifier for use with Spotify and YouTube Hi Res audio. It really brings streaming audio to life and id say it fits very well now with my other components, a Cambridge audio CXC and a Rega planner 1 Its a pleasure to listen to streaming audio now.
Date published: 2020-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does what it says on the box I bought this to improve the audio output from my computer, no regrets very pleased.
Date published: 2020-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's worth it Did the research, HiFi mags Which etc, still had my doubts but bought it. It's only £50 after all. Glad I did as it made a noticible difference on a high end HIFi using Samsung S8 and Spotify set to highest (quality) bit rate. So er thats it -go and buy it!
Date published: 2020-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded expectations I bought this as a last ditch effort to convince myself not to return the Philips Fideli X2HR I recently bought as despite the high praises from reviews, the sound is so weak even at 100% volume and the voice sounds like it's coming from backstage. The soundkey solved all that and a lot more! The voice is now more forward, and overall sound simply changed. I'd say it brought the Fidelio's full potential out! I was skeptical about the soundkey, something as small as a chunk of candy could make a difference. I was already thinking about sending it back before it even came. But man, this little thing took the sound quality to a whole new level and it works great via usb C of mobile phones too! For people like me with no knowledge about setting up dac/amps, or want something for their phones, the soundkey is perfect. Extremely happy with the product!
Date published: 2020-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST VALUE PORTABLE DAC I ordered this item recently and it arrived very quickly- thank you Richer Sounds. The sound key allows you to listen to high sound quality music either via your mobile, or through a hifi system. Although this item is the gaming version- as opposed to the sound version- the only difference are the leads provided. I have not used it for gaming- as that is not my thing! The sound quality is incredible and gives my £5000.00 turntable a good run for its money. At £59 a total bargain......
Date published: 2020-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enthralling sound! I Plugged it in and it worked immediately. On my now rather elderly Sennheiser Ovation headphones the sound was detailled and so good a sonic picture, that I listened for much longer than I'd intended.
Date published: 2020-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound Bought as my PC's headphone socket playing up, connected to USB port no hassles, big improvement, great sound, quality product, highly recommended!
Date published: 2020-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product, even better customer service. Bough this product a while back and it makes such a difference to the quality of the audio. There was a slight problem with the item and the guys (Alan ) were super helpful and got things sorted straight away.
Date published: 2020-07-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cyrus Sound Key I tested the sound key over 7 days but was unable to make it enhance the sound quality on 2 different sets of headphones. The is solid and very well built and packaged but in spite of contacting Cyrus for advice I was not able to eliminate a background clicking sound at medium to higher volume. Thanks to RS for an excellent returns service who picked this up yesterday for me..
Date published: 2020-06-26
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