USB input for digital file playback
The Cygnus plays digital music files stored on any USB hard drive or thumb drive. FLAC, WAV and AIFF files are supported.
Legacy digital inputs
Five inputs are provided to connect digital source devices such as CD players and satellite radios.
Optional USB computer input
Interfaces the Cygnus directly with a computer for playback of files stored on the computer’s hard drive.
Quad 32-bit/192-kHz DAC
In a fully complementary arrangement, the Cygnus uses two 32/192 DACs per channel: one for the positive half of the audio signal, the other for the negative half. This balanced design delivers even the subtlest details of any recording—details most DACs tend to obscure.
Custom digital filter
In order to deliver the best possible quality from the quad 32/192 DAC, we developed our own DSP-based digital filter. The listener can choose from several filter profiles, whichever best suits the music.
Fully balanced digital and analog circuitry
From the digital inputs to the XLR outputs, the audio signal is fully balanced. Using Constellation Audio’s Line Stage Gain Module allows us to achieve perfect balance of the positive and negative halves of the audio signal for maximum fidelity.
Separate power supply
In order to isolate the sensitive analog audio circuits from interference emanating from the digital circuits, the Cygnus uses a separate power supply enclosure. The power supply actually houses two separate supply circuits: a high-quality linear supply with an R-core transformer to feed the analog circuits, and another supply to power the digital and control circuits.
Browse digital music files from smartphones and tablets
Constellation Audio provides apps for Apple iOS and Android devices, so you can browse the digital files on a USB drive using your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Android. It’s as convenient and user-friendly as an iPod—but vastly better-sounding.
Full front-panel control
The 432 x 230-pixel front screen allows browsing of digital files from a USB drive, and also provides access to all of the user adjustments available on the Cygnus.
Machined aluminium chassis
The Cygnus’ precision circuits are housed in a solid machined aluminium enclosure with a minimum wall thickness of 8.2mm. Only an enclosure wall this thick can block interference from 50/60 Hz household circuits. The mass of the heavy chassis also helps damp external vibration that might affect the Cygnus’ precision audio circuitry.