ACTIVE/DIGITAL MULTI-CHANNEL AMPLIFICATION
As one of the major technical advances in audio, the direct amplification of a speaker driver eliminates distortions, phase shifts and decoupling caused by traditional passive crossover networks. In combination with DSP processing, not only a more exact crossover is possible, but also perfect time and phase alignments, more refined equalisation, dynamics-dependent corrections, and room-dependent corrections.
INTEGRATED DIGITAL PRE-AMP (KARLOS PURE)
In order to achieve the ideal of a lossless audio chain, Lyravox integrates a multi-input preamplifier into its systems. The direct integration avoids sonic bottlenecks, improving the overall sound quality. The two analogue (balanced, unbalanced) and three digital (AES, SPDIF, optical) input interfaces allow the connection of all types of high end audio sources. The direct linking of digital streamers or music servers represents the most direct audio chain without unnecessary components in the way. Analogue sources can also feed directly into the speakers, forming a signal path superior to any external pre-amplifier solution. All functions are remote controlled.
INTEGRATED HD-STREAMER (KARLOS KOMPLETT, ON DEMAND)
In order to achieve the ideal of a lossless audio chain, Lyravox integrates a high resolution streamer into its systems. The direct integration avoids sonic bottlenecks, thus improving the overall sound quality. In addition, the streamer allows the playback of high resolution audio files (from servers, external storages, or from the internet) which represent today’s best sounding and most convenient music sources, especially when available in studio standard. The German made streamer is organically merged with the system’s DSP/driver engine on the output side and all of the system’s interfaces on the input side.
(ULTRA) HARD DIAPHRAGM DRIVERS
The physical ideal of a speaker driver is that of a perfect piston, moving air without internal vibrations. This ideal is only achievable with ultra hard diaphragms such as beryllium, magnesium, ceramic, or even diamond. The most consequent and advanced designs in this field are the latest generation drivers by acclaimed German specialist Accuton® . Many of the world’s most sophisticated loudspeakers are relying on these drivers, and so does Lyravox´K-Series. In contrast to all other manufacturers, Lyravox employs digital/active engines to fully exploit the potential of the high-tech Accuton® drivers.
DIFFUSE FIELD RECREATION
In a real-life music performance, the sonic waves of musical instruments are being dispersed in all directions, not only towards the listener. The dispersion of traditional loudspeakers with front drivers is therefore not fully representative of real music. All Lyravox systems are equipped with additional drivers for the projection of the ‚ambient’ part of the music, partly through individual DSP-controlled channels.
A large part of a loudspeaker’s quality is determined by its enclosure. All Lyravox systems are built to proven high end standards, applying to the choice and combination of the cabinet materials, cabinet geometry, internal bracing, finely tuned damping, internal absorbers (for the minimization of electronic corrections), internal sound and pressure dispersion, midrange cabinet ventilation, reflex channel optimization, external diffraction and optimal wall or floor coupling.
ROOM ADAPTATION EQ
One of the most relevant factors of sound quality is the interaction of a loudspeaker with the surrounding room. In the absence of serious physical acoustic room treatment – as in a recording studio – the performance of an audio system is a question of luck, and never optimal. For best results, a matching of the system’s frequency response with the room’s acoustic behaviour is mandatory. This requires the system to be adjustable through a parametric (fully configurable) EQ. In the Lyravox systems, that EQ is implemented losslessly within the DSP, as an overlay of the default digital sound settings – not in an additional stage of signal processing. Given the high level of the systems’ reproduction quality, the room adaptation EQ needs to be set in a process of professional measurement and knowledgeable listening, which is a free Lyravox service in most countries.