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The Schiit Lyr 3 lets you choose between multiple modules or even to not have a module. Pick the Multibit DAC Module to get Schiit’s multi-bit DAC architecture & unique digital filter or the AK4490 DAC Module for a world-class delta-sigma DAC or even MM Phono Input Module, for passive RIAA, 42dB of gain & great phono sound. You can even pick from the internal card or rear-panel analogue input as well as between high or low gain.
The Lyr 3 delivers a great sound with a single NOS 6N8S tube. It can work with any NOS and new-production 6SN7 tube. The Coherence™ hybrid topology uses a unique current-mode, noninverting tube/BJT hybrid topology that eliminates the need for interstage coupling capacitors. Continuity™, a constant transconductance output stage, provides superior performance along with a 100% linear power supply.
Be it a power-hungry headphone or a sensitive IEM, the Lyr 3 can drive just about any audio device you have. All your headphone needs is a 3.5mm jack and that’s it; you can plug-in and enjoy great sound. You don't need a balanced connection to take full advantage of it.
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||20Hz-20Khz, -0.1db, 2Hz-700KHz, -3dB, in gain = 1.5 mode|
|MAXIMUM POWER||16 ohms: 9.0W RMS per channel
32 ohms: 6.0W RMS per channel (7.5W at <1% THD typical, one channel driven)
50 ohms: 4.0W RMS per channel
300 ohms: 900mW RMS per channel
600 ohms: 450mW RMS per channel
|THD||< 0.007%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 1V RMS, high gain (worst case)|
|IMD||< 0.005%, CCIR at 1V RMS, high gain (worst case)|
|SNR||> 102db, unweighted, referenced to 1V RMS, in gain = 1.5 mode|
|CROSSTALK||< -75dB, 20 Hz-20KHz|
|OUTPUT IMPEDANCE||0.3 ohms, high gain (worst case)|
|GAIN||7.5 (17.5db) or 1.5 (3.5db)|
|TOPOLOGY||fully discrete, current-mode noninverting 6SN7/bipolar hybrid with constant transconductance output stage|
|PROTECTION||standard muting relay for delayed turn-on and fast turn-off|
|POWER SUPPLY||two internal power transformers with 72VA total rating, plus with over 55,000uf of filter capacitance|
|SIZE||9 x 6 x 2.25”|
Schiit - Lyr 3
|USB INPUT RECEIVER||C-Media CM6631A|
|D/A CONVERSION IC||Analog Devices AD5547|
|DIGITAL FILTER||Schiit Comboburrito Time- and Frequency-domain Optimized DSP filter|
|ANALOG OUTPUT||fully differential, active summing and filtering|
|INPUT CAPABILITY||up to 24/192|
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||20Hz-20KHz, +/-0.25dB, 2-100kHz, -3dB|
|THD||<0.005%, 20Hz-20KHz, full scale|
|S/N||>109dB, referenced to 2V RMS, unweighted|
|USB INPUT RECEIVER||C-Media CM6631A|
|D/A CONVERSION IC||AK4490 x 2|
|INPUT CAPABILITY||up to 24/192, including 24/176.4|
|ANALOG OUTPUT||fully differential, passive summing and passive filtering|
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||20Hz-20KHz, +/-0.1dB, 2-100kHz, -3dB|
|THD||<0.0015%, 20Hz-20KHz, full scale|
|S/N||>110dB, referenced to 2V RMS, unweighted|
|THD||<0.01%, A-weighted, at 1V RMS|
|SNR||>80dB, A-weighted, inputs shorted|
|SENSITIVITY||2.3mV for 400mV output|
|INPUT IMPEDANCE||47k ohms|
|RIAA ACURACY||+/- 0.25dB, 20-20kHz|
|TOPOLOGY||Fully passive RIAA network with AD8599 gain stages and PET film capacitors throughout, DC coupled, with DC servo|
Right. Like we said, we had to reinvent the whole thing in order to improve it significantly.
Well, leaving aside the sanity of spending 10x the amount in tubes as on the amp, yes, life is unfair; change is the only constant; you have to break eggs to make omelets, and all those platitudes that you probably don’t want to hear. So, here’s the deal: we changed tube type (from noval, 6DJ8-family tubes, to octal, 6SN7-family tubes) because they sound better and perform better. In fact, the 6SN7 tube family is one of the most linear tubes ever made—as evidenced by the amazing performance of Lyr 3 in high gain mode.
We also changed because the tube world is changing. Rolling two tubes is becoming more problematic, as tube prices increase. With Lyr 3, you don’t have to worry about matching two tubes, or the need for two tubes inherently doubling the price of your rolling adventures. Plus, there are some quite decent new production 6SN7s out there, which makes them viable well into the future.
Yes, and if you want to use them, you can still use them in Lyr 3, with an adapter. Lyr 3’s plate voltage isn’t very different than Lyr or Lyr 2.
Yes, either the noval LISST (with an adapter) or the new octal LISST will be fine. They’re the same internally.
Cool. Let’s start with Coherence™. This is our unique current-mode, noninverting tube/BJT hybrid topology that eliminates the need for interstage coupling capacitors. These two disparate devices work seamlessly together in this topology, hence the name. Coherence debuted in Vali 2, but Lyr 3 uses an insanely upgraded and tweaked version of the Vali 2 stage. Unlike Vali 2, Lyr 2 has no input or output capacitors, no interstage capacitors, and an overkill 5-pole bias servo.
Whoa, that’s two questions in one, plus an insult. Let’s take this a step at a time. Sit down and buckle up, because this is important—maybe the most important subject for a Class AB amplifier, like, ever.
Hey, you know, that’s your choice. But if you want to start selecting products based on something more than marketing buzzwords, it might be cool to read up a bit more on this. Again, try Bob Cordell. Or not. It’s your life.
Because there ain’t no way it would fit. To do balanced (real balanced—don’t assume that every amp with a 4-pin XLR on it is really balanced), you’re looking at two tubes and twice the output stage and a whole lot more connectors. That simply wouldn’t fit. No way, no how. Look at how much transformer and power supply has to go into Lyr 3.
Cool, there’s Jotunheim.
Cool, there’s Mjolnir 2.
Yes, we do. And that’s why we say that more people should learn a bit about engineering. Sometimes wanting something isn’t enough.
Yep. It even takes the same modules.
Then you need a chassis that is a tesseract, because we don’t have that much space in this dimension. Talk to Doctor Who.
Like all of our products, there are no user-serviceable parts inside. However, if you are a qualified electronics technician, or know a qualified tech, you can order the boards separately, under “upgrades.” They just plug in. But it’s not like you’d want to leave the top off and drop in the DAC card, then pull it out and put the phono card in again, then pull that out and drop the DAC back in. That’s a bit silly.
Yes, in low gain mode.
…any headphone, yes.
Yes, Lyr 3 has a muting relay which delays output on first turn-on, and mutes the output on turn-off.
The preamp outputs are automatically turned off when you plug in your headphones. Unplug your headphones to use the pre outs.
Yes, though technically it dissipates 12W less at idle than Lyr 2, and about 10W more at idle than Jotunheim. All of these dissipations are well within the capability of the parts we’re using, so there you go.
Don't sweat it, this Schiit Lyr 3 comes with a 5 year warranty from Schiit that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.
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The story of Schiit Audio begins with two veteran audiophiles Jason Stoddard, formerly of Sumo, and Mike Moffat, formerly of Theta coming together to shake things up a bit. Both of them have extensive experience in developing lots of audio and A/V products including the Andromeda III, Cobalt 307, DS Pre and Angstrom 200. From power amplifiers, I/V conversion stages, D/A converters, relay-switched stepped attenuator volume controls in preamps to developing the first DTS home theatre surround processor on the market, Schiit Audio has developed a lot of audio products over the years.
Headphones are the need of the hour everyone who likes music uses a headphone. Therefore Schiit Audio moved to develop personal audio equipment while continuing to design a speaker-based system which includes the industry-leading preamps, amps and DACs. So right now Schiit Audio has a plethora of audio products ranging from personal audio to speaker-based systems. Schiit designs affordable audio products that bring happiness in your lives.
Unlike ordinary DACs that use delta-sigma, NOS (new old stock) D/A chips, multibit chips, high-cost R2R ladders, Schiit uses unique DSP-based closed-form digital filter which improves the sonic performance of the multibit DAC. Therefore the Schiit's multibit technology brings all of it together using the current-production, medical/military grade D/A converters.
Schiit has opted for an innovative approach for the analog side as well. Even the most affordable Schiit headphone amplifier is a miniature, fully discrete, DC coupled, current-feedback power amplifier. Schiit is credited for introducing Continuity output stage to solve the issue of transconductance droop which was common in Class AB amplifier design. Schiit has also developed balanced topologies like Nexus in Ragnarok 2 and a perfect combination of tube and solid-state with Coherence in Lyr 3.
All the Schiit products are designed for solidity and durability. Even the smallest of the products are made of aluminium and steel while the larger products are made of high-end C core transformers, power supply filtering and low-noise control. All the products have to go through severe testing procedures including the latest APx555 audio analyzer and Avermetrics analyzers. Every product from Asgard and up goes through burn-in to address the issues faced during the initial period of usage. Schiit takes care of all the service and support requirements so that you can concentrate on great sound.
Schiit believes that local control of all the aspects of production improves the delivering of the product. Therefore all the Schiit products are designed and made in the USA and most of the cost of the components are going to the US-based companies. Assembled in the USA means that Schiit's chassis guys are from San Fernando Valley, Schiit transformers are made in California, Schiit boards come from the east coast of the USA and all the designing, assembling and testing of Schiit products happen in Valencia, California.
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