The Hiss King
- Aug 9, 2006
For more information, hit up Campfire Audio's Lyra product page (under construction):
I expect impressions to start rolling in. At least five head-fiers were at the recent Fujiya Avic 2015 Spring headphone show (check out Amos's thread on the thing), and I believe that all of us got at least some ear time with each new earphone.
If you want to know more about fit, branding, build quality, and all the stuff I think is way important, hit up my article at ohm. If you just want to know what I think of the sound, read below.
Sound impressions (from ohm image):
The beryllium drivers (as seen in [color=rgba(95, 79, 79, 0.8)]Noble Audio's Noble One speakers) are pretty cool to start. But a good acrylic resonant housing is the icing on the cake. This cake has the powerful low-frequency sound pressure that got me humming in [color=rgba(95, 79, 79, 0.8)]my review of the Earsonics EM32[/color]. Lyra's isn't quite as dryly forceful, nor is it as Z-axis detailed as the Earsonics, but it puts out a lot of fast, clean sound pressure right through the groove zone in trance and hip hop. It's not generally prone to high-bass bloom, and it can kick out the mildly deep eardrum-tickling rumble needed to turn Markus Schulz's Mainstage from an awkward melodic whisper into a rippling, yawning bass benchmark. [/color]
Transitions to mids are clean and contrasty. There's no way you'll be able to call out a specific frequency as the crossover point. But when mids this open and contrasty hit right after such powerful bass, you're bound to pick out their grit and meat. They have bite. Mids are pretty spacey, with deep stereo cues going off left and right, several centimetres out of your temples. Interestingly, bass tends to hit semi-left, semi-right of centre, strengthening stereo detail and impact.
Highs and mids melt into, and out of, one another. And upward extension is good to excellent. Space, too, is very good, and, if you've driven it properly, is reminiscent of the ultra-smooth and [color=rgba(95, 79, 79, 0.8)]amazing ortofon e-Q8. Both mid-frequency tonality and its high-frequency tonality are spot on. Cymbals fade to black pretty damn quick, and vocals are crisp. Here and there, upper bass edges thin into open clangs unsuited to certain Of Monsters and Men ballads, but they fit Nick Cave to a T. [/color]
I'm pretty excited about Lyra. That it makes use of snappy MMCX cables is making me rethink the place another bass-powerful earphone, the Ultrasone IQ, has in my arsenal of earphones. Lyra is far less susceptible to bass bottoming than is IQ and much less sensitive to hiss. On the other hand, IQ fits much better and is more detailed in the upper mids to highs.
When other impressions begin rolling in I'll do my best to add links to them in this post.