T.H.E. Show Newport 2016: Cypher Labs Headphone Amps, DACs, and now IEMs!
It's been quite a while since I've seen David Maudlin, Founder and CEO of Cypher Labs, at a show, and, boy, he's been a busy little beaver. Known initially for their small portable headphone amps and DACs like the Picollo DAC ($399) among quite a few others, David has branched out and now has a couple of desktop offerings and some new IEMs.
The Sustain 84 ($1200) sports NOS ECL84 tubes in a class A single ended design and uses Z11 Output Transformers from Japan as well as Nichicon Electrolytic Capacitors and Cardas RCA input connectors. Cypher Lab's flagship PRAUTES ($3900) headphone amp uses a 12AU7 tube gain stage to drive a pair of 50L6 or 25L6 tubes in push-pull mode. Four unbalanced inputs are available (2xRCA, 2x3.5mmTRS) and output impedance can be selected to five different settings from 8 Ohms for speaker loads to 300 Ohms for high-impedance cans. It also boasts a frequency selectable bass boost switch and 3.5mm, 1/4", and four-pin XLR outputs.
The big surprise was the C6iem ($599) triple balanced armature driver IEM. With one driver each for lows, mids, and highs, this IEM also has removable cables with two-pin connectors so you can switch over to balanced operation with after-market cables. David Maudlin gives us the run-down in the video.