"The maximum power handling capabilities of the LCD-2 is a whopping 15 watts, at which point it is pushing 133dbs!"
Just to make it clear, the figure I quoted above is from Steve Guttenberg, on his cnet audiophiliac blog post about the LCD-s. I am just pointing out that the LCD-2 can take a lot of power and maybe that is a good thing with an amp this powerful.
Thanks,,,appreciate the clarification. Based on Holland's concise and clear contextualization of the relative power of the Lyr to do serious Schitt to one's headphones,hearing, and need for 29 different amp and can combos to arrive at audio nirvana, i get the drift without the math....and clearly would need much more EE math exposure to understand how Holland got where he went with the numbers and the conclusion thereby. But for what its worth, having the ability to figure what specs can reveal about the potential interplay between components and how they would perform on one's familiar set of phones helps buyers make more intelligent and informed buying decisions.
But count me convinced...I am seriously thinking about the Lyr but for now I need to confirm I really like orthos....I have'nt had enough time with my new HE5/EF5 set up and currently feel as if something is missing from the aural palette..
If you are contemplating any of the ortho / planars for use with the Lyr,
chances are that you will incinerate your ears before you'll do in the phones.
They are power hungry puppys.
If these guys made a DAC, I'd say just get a Schitty one...
But really any DAC will do ya. If I were going cheap, I'd get the Audinst HUD-MX1.
If I had a grand to dump on a DAC, maybe a Lavry or a Niko.
Clearly, if you do not see the appeal of having the newest shiniest toys before all the other kids on the block... no Schiit for you!
(Ah that was my first joke. It felt good.)
Some more answers. Sorry if they're not complete.
First, bias current: 130mA quiescent, so most high-impedance headphones are going to be Class A, up to insane levels. Even orthos are only going to fall out on peaks, from our testing.
Second, yep, common cathode and current source, B+ at 200V. (Try that from a wall-wart!)
Third, Lyr does include preamp outs, as well as a single set of inputs.
Hope this helps a bit. Not trying to be too obscure about the details of the amp, but I don't exactly want to hand over everything. Lyr was supposed to launch at the same time as our other amps, but it required quite a bit more development--many, many prototypes to sweat the details.
Done-ordered!! Preamp outs was the bonus clincher.
My HE-5LE's are looking forward to March 1 for the proper horsepower. Much thanks to you and the team for creating this project.
holy schiit! i don't know how you guys are capable of doing what you are doing, but i thank you for making an amp i can be so easily sold on getting with my lcd-2's. the price, warranty, power, looks and american made...WOW!. i researched until i was sick of looking at amps(unfortunate side-effect of not being in audition range of amps and cans). i narrowed it down to meier concerto, violectric v200 or the burson 160. no longer are these an option! when i first got into headaphilia, i never even dreamed that an american set-up was an option...now, jason, if i can talk you guys into making dacs...lol.
Yes, I dare to say that most desktop amps can drive such headphones easily.
Now which one is more detail in SQ between Valhalla and Lyr ?