Cyrus SOUNDKEY USB DAC/Headphone Amp

Cyrus SOUNDKEY (Graphite)

USB DAC/Headphone Amp

In stock
£79
”A handsome difference to your on-the-go sound.”– ‘What Hi-Fi’ 2018 award winner.

Improve the sound of your smartphone

The Cyrus soundKey uses a top quality DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) built into an ultra-low power circuit that lets you hugely improve the sound of your smartphone or tablet without rapidly draining the battery. Using a much better DAC than the one built into most smartphones and tablets means music sounds more dynamic, detailed and true-to-life.

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.

Ultra-low power consumption
A key advantage with this 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 phone’s battery. What this means is a much longer phone battery life than when using other mini-DACs. The device itself is also battery-free.

Works with Windows 10, Android 5+ and iOS9+
Compatible with Windows, Android and Apple devices the soundKey is suitable for just about any smartphone. Simply make sure you have the correct USB OTG (On The Go) connection (Apple Camera Kit connection for Apple iOS devices) and you’re good to go.

Compact, robust 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 music on the move.

Unlock the key to great sound from your smartphone, with the Cyrus soundKey.

Click here for link to our blog review

6 Year Supercare £9.99

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Free UK delivery

Next day delivery and timed options available. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details

For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

 Disabled assistance

Richer Sounds are happy to offer FREE delivery* on the vast majority of our products to blind, partially sighted and disabled customers. (*see our delivery page for T&Cs.)

Please place orders online, then contact webaftersales@richersounds.com who will advise on how to arrange the refund of your delivery charge.
* Includes 3 months Free Qobuz Music Subscription when you buy Cyrus Soundkey. While stocks last. As in store or via telesales for details.

”A handsome difference to your on-the-go sound.”– ‘What Hi-Fi’ 2018 award winner.

Improve the sound of your smartphone

The Cyrus soundKey uses a top quality DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) built into an ultra-low power circuit that lets you hugely improve the sound of your smartphone or tablet without rapidly draining the battery. Using a much better DAC than the one built into most smartphones and tablets means music sounds more dynamic, detailed and true-to-life.

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.

Ultra-low power consumption
A key advantage with this 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 phone’s battery. What this means is a much longer phone battery life than when using other mini-DACs. The device itself is also battery-free.

Works with Windows 10, Android 5+ and iOS9+
Compatible with Windows, Android and Apple devices the soundKey is suitable for just about any smartphone. Simply make sure you have the correct USB OTG (On The Go) connection (Apple Camera Kit connection for Apple iOS devices) and you’re good to go.

Compact, robust 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 music on the move.

Unlock the key to great sound from your smartphone, with the Cyrus soundKey.

Click here for link to our blog review
Bluetooth No
DAC Texas Instruments PCM5102
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 23 x 8 x 54
High Resolution Audio Yes
Optical Digital Inputs No
Power Consumption- Normal Use Under 50mA
USB Yes
Weight (KG) 18.1g
Brand Cyrus
Colour Graphite
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Undeserving reputation Coming from a LG V20 with its quad Sabre with delicious sound, I was expecting something close. But the sound is quite thick and dark, with little subtlety and a lack of rhythm and energy. It just isn't involving, although the soundscape is pronounced. My Mate 20 however is better!
Date published: 2019-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Design still needs improvement Bought my in sale for about £50. A worthwhile improvement for this price, but don't think I could have justified the full price. Still not convinced about useability mobile due to the cable attachment. Has to have the cable bent and this puts strain on the connection. Markings for connections on the cables are just stuck-on film - not really what you'd expect from a premium brand. Seems to have improved in build quality from the original version but I think Cyrus product managers still need to do more work on it.
Date published: 2019-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Good with streaming Amazon music on my S9 phone with AKG headphones. Good with flaac files stored on phone . More detailed sound. Good value at £59, fast delivery.
Date published: 2019-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Real improvement to sound quality I was sceptical that this product could really improve sound quality that much, plugged in between my phone (MP3 library at various bitrates) and decent in-ear buds. But the difference was spectacular, with a much greater range of sound heard. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2019-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You won’t go back to listening without one. I bought the Soundkey around Christmas time. I am using it with an iPhone 5s 32GB. The Soundkey is very open and spacious sounding, cymbals become a lot more realistic, bass lower and more defined. The Soundstage is a vast step up from the iPhone internal DAC, wide and open. I record a lot of my records in 24bit on a Tascam then convert the WAV files to FLAC. I either run these files on my Cowon Plenue D or iPhone. Yes I have compared the 2 mediums up against each other, honestly I was shocked at how well the Soundkey holds up against the Plenue D, It may be slightly better. I previously had and Oppo HA-2, these are great too but very clunky. The Soundkey handles 24bit extremely well it is very smooth and clear, the added volume boost is very welcome too. I use it mainly for driving at work in the van or headphones for sit down listening. The Soundkey continues to impress with its performance every time. I have also coupled it up to my Single Ended integrated EL34 valve amp and speakers. Let me tell you it did not dissapoint either, to put it simply once you experience what it does there is not returning to your previous set up. DOWNSIDES The Soundkey takes its power from your phone, mine is very old and the battery is not great. I find that closing all apps and if possible running in aeroplane mode can help preserve power. If I am using Neil Young’s excellent Archives app for 24bit delivery WiFi is really needed, basically I need a new phone at some point. iphones require the camera connection USB cable, not an ideal solution. Do not be fooled into thinking you will buy a £5 copy from eBay, been there, tried. It will run for 2min or so then say device not supported (Apple are so annoying). CCK cables are £29 so this has to be added on top of Soundkey price if you have Apple device. I have researched other options on forums but as I have just dropped £29 on this cable I will not try anything else just yet. It’s fine with Android. CONCLUSION If you take your sound quality as serious as I do the £60 + £29 is by far and away a worthy investment. These DACs are very good indeed. The market is saturated with various ways to extract 24bit from your phone, rest easy in knowing this is the real deal. 320kbps and 16bit are extremely well too by the way. Just incase you where thinking why get one when I have a dedicated HI RES player like a Cowon Plenue D. The simple answer is the simple user interface of iPhone running the excellent Onkyo HF player app is quick and easy to navigate especially if you are stuck in traffic. You get to use the NYA app too.
Date published: 2019-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional Sound I purchased this DAC couple weeks ago. It has made a great improvement to the sound quality when connected to my mobile phone. I will highly recommend this DAC to anyone who is looking to improve the sound quality or improve the volume level when listen on the go.
Date published: 2018-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Portable, and sounds great! I bought this ahead of a couple of other alternatives and I am so glad I did. It is very small and compact, but well made. The power drain on your phone/tablet is minimal and most importantly it sounds great. A real upgrade over the built-in DAC of my phone. My only complaint would be that it doesn't come with a cable that you can use with an iPhone/iPad. You have to buy an additional cable for the job and that makes the connection a bit long and unwieldy.
Date published: 2018-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cyrus Soundkey At the present price (£69.00) it is very good value, pity it does not do 24/192 but even the Audioquest Red at £170 does not do that. I have 11 external Dacs! and this is by far the most pocketable. The cables in the box are of a high standard as well. All round good value BUY before the price goes up!
Date published: 2018-11-30
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6 Year Supercare £9.99

Add our Supercare to your basket when you check out. We'll cover your items for 6 years and give you your money back if unused.

6 YEAR SUPERCARE COSTS JUST £9.99 ON ALL ITEMS UNDER £100, OR 10% OF PURCHASE PRICE ON ANYTHING OVER £100.

We think you’ll agree that our Supercare guarantee offers fantastic value. What’s more, if you don’t use our it in the 6 year period, we’ll refund the cost of it. You really can’t say fairer than that!
Plus, if we can’t fix a fault, we will give you a like-for-like replacement.
Find out full details here.

Lowest price guaranteed!

We’ll beat any genuine advertised price, even from the web & give you up to £100!

We're confident that our prices are amongst the very keenest out there, so we've made it as easy as pie to qualify for our Price Beat. Richer Sounds also guarantees to beat web prices, and Price Beat is even valid for 7 days after purchase, so if you've seen a cheaper price, let us know, and we'll happily beat that price by up to £100!

Products must be brand new, boxed, carry a comparable guarantee and be in stock at time of purchase. Richer Sounds price used to compare will be net of any voucher / trade in discounts.
T&Cs apply

Free UK delivery

Next day delivery and timed options available. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details

For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

 Disabled assistance

Richer Sounds are happy to offer FREE delivery* on the vast majority of our products to blind, partially sighted and disabled customers. (*see our delivery page for T&Cs.)

Please place orders online, then contact webaftersales@richersounds.com who will advise on how to arrange the refund of your delivery charge.