Cyrus SOUNDKEY USB DAC/Headphone Amp

Cyrus SOUNDKEY (Black)

USB DAC/Headphone Amp

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£99
“The soundKey can turn your mobile listening into an authentically high-fidelity experience” What Hi-Fi Award Winner 2017

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

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

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“The soundKey can turn your mobile listening into an authentically high-fidelity experience” What Hi-Fi Award Winner 2017

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
Coaxial Digital Input No
Dimensions WxDxH 23 x 8 x 54
Headphone Output Yes
Optical Digital Input No
Power Consumption- Normal Use Under 50mA
USB Input Yes
Weight (KG) 18g
XLR Balanced Outputs No
Brand Cyrus
Colour Black
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Small Package, good sound and fair price I bought this product three weeks ago. The DAC has a single micro usb port and a single 3.5mm jack. In the box you will find two short cables, one micro usb to usb type a male (to connect to a regular PC usb port or to the iphone camera kit) and another one micro usb to micro usb. Unfortunately there isn't a micro USB to type c cable, therefore in order to use it with recent android phones you will need to buy a cable separately or to use an adaptor. I was able to have the DAC working properly connected to my phone by using the USB Type A cable with a usb a to usb c adaptor, but it is quite bulky and the connection is not very sturdy, so I bought a micro usb to usb type c cable, that can be used also to connect the DAC to a type c port on a computer. Audio quality is very good for the price, I would say perfect on the go. I am using the soundkey with a Samsung galaxy s9, which already has support for hi-res files and a decent quality DAC, but the sound key sounds cleaner and is able to drive high quality over hear headphones with a decent volume. I use it with a pair of Audioquest Nighthawk carbon and it can drive them louder than anyone would actually need. However i tried it with a pair of Sennhaiser HD 650s and the result was sub optimal. Compared to the DAC of a Laptop it is generally significantly better, much cleaner and more controlled sound. It supports wasapi event mode for bit perfect audio and indeed the timing is definitely more accurate than a regular built in DAC. I own also a Meridian explorer 2 DAC and compared to it the Soundkey is lacking especially in the bass. The meridian is capable of much higher clarity in the low frequencies, even with dark tuned headphones such as the Nighthawk. I got this to use it with my phone and I think for that purpose it is perfect. As a desktop DAC it might be a small upgrade if the DAC of your computer is already a good quality.
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good but a pain in the behind Love the soundkey for what it is but cannot find a usb-c to micro usb OTG converter good enough to use it with my phone so am a bit peeved as it was used with a wire in the shop that they didn't sell, wouldn't sell me, and didn't fit my phone properly. Think they had a wire that wasn/ commercially available/or had been modified to work and used that to sell me the soundkey. I've spent too much extra time and cash on convertors from Amazon to pursue it any further. Hopefully an official Samsung or Cyrus adaptor will be released further down the line so I can use it, but I'm not holding my breath.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very detailed uncoloured sound I tested the soundkey alongside the dragonfly red. I felt the Cyrus had more detail in the bass and less colouration in the vocals. The dragonfly had a more powerful, deeper sound and considerably more bass. I’m delighted with the Cyrus and it sounds even clearer when used with an Audioquest Jitterbug.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound quality improvement I use this on my Galaxy S7 for listening to my Spotify (high quality) downloads. It has made a huge difference. The sound is fuller, nearer and instruments are clearer.
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent sound quality from Cyrus I purchased this product to improve the sound quality from my laptop when listening to Spotify, to say that my aim has been achieved would be an understatement. Taking the opinion of What Hi-Fi into account, which was backed up by the Richer Sounds staff at the Hanley branch, I purchased the offering from Cyrus and wow my laptop now produces an "open" highly detailed sound with plenty of power instead of a lifeless mono like sound. The Cyrus is worth every penny!
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AKG K550 MKIII & CYRUS SOUNDKEY DAC/AMP I bought the AKG K550 MKIII headphones at the Liverpool store after reading favourable reviews. The guy in the shop, Dave, recommended the Cyrus Soundkey DAC/Amp to compliment them as I mainly listen to Spotify Premium on my PC in work. I am extremely pleased with the purchase and would recommend the same to anyone. I made tests with and without the DAC and I found the sound quality volume and clarity with the DAC to be clearly noticeable and well worth the money.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comes to life Started reviewing hi fi gadgets etc and wouldn’t have even considered this in the past. Well I am glad I did. This takes my music experience to another level. Bass sounds deep and no need to crank up the volume. Try it and see for yourself. I think you will be pleased!!
Date published: 2018-01-31
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6 Year Supercare £9.99

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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!
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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