Product premiere by Lyravox at the Norddeutsche HiFi-Tage: Fully integrated high-end floor-standing speakers KARL and KARLOTTA
Hamburg, February 3rd, 2017 – ‘High-End In A New Shape’ is the guiding principle that Lyravox adheres to when developing high-end stereo systems. With the Stereomaster series, the manufacture, located in the music metropolis Hamburg, revolutionised the experience of high-resolution audio. At the renowned convention Norddeutsche HiFi-Tage, a new holistic creation has its world premiere: KARL and KARLOTTA are the first active, fully integrated floor-standing speakers by Lyravox. No less than eight Pascal® power amplifiers are used to bring the superb ensemble of Accuton® Cell® ceramic drivers at the heart of KARL to life. KARLOTTA is equipped with six power amplifiers. This means that the two systems set a new standard: They are not only the first fully integrated full-size audio systems in the world, they also define a new class of audiophile floor-standing speakers. Like the Stereomaster systems, KARL and KARLOTTA feature extensive streaming options, offering high-resolution playback via the home network – both from mobile devices and streaming services.
Holistic stereophony for perfect acoustics
Lyravox is known for holistic stereophony that creates perfect acoustics. While they look just like floor-standing speakers, KARL and KARLOTTA are in fact complete audio systems. In addition to their active electronics, including eight Pascal® power amplifiers (six for KARLOTTA), delivering 500 watts each, and eight individually powered signal channels with high-resolution digital frequency separation, distortion correction and delay correction using FIR technology, KARL and KARLOTTA also feature built-in streaming technology. Not only is streaming today’s highest-quality audio source, integrating it into the closed system also offers technological advantages.
Unique, high-resolution sound thanks to ceramic membranes
Lyravox does not use technology for its own sake, the ultimate goal is the resulting sound. All Lyravox products are created for one purpose: To deliver a breath-taking musical experience. It has to be completely true to the original performance in terms of spatial imaging, tone, accuracy, texture, timbre, dynamics, timing, uniformity and most importantly, the “voice” of the music. Each new development starts with a clearly defined ideal for the perfect sound as well as the knowledge concerning the technologies that are necessary to achieve certain criteria. With the introduction of the modern ceramic membrane, the construction of speakers reached completely new levels in terms audiophile excellence. Now, Lyravox is the first to combine this technological potential with the advantages of a completely active speaker of the latest generation that is controlled fully digital.
Perfect integration of streaming, from home network to TIDAL to Bluetooth apt-X®
High-end has many new variants since music comes from many different sources these days: With high resolution from the home network, via the internet or simply from a smartphone. Lyravox has the answer to all these requirements. Thanks to the Lyravox streamer, KARL and KARLOTTA offer network streaming with double studio quality (24 bit / 192 kHz) as well as internet streaming via TIDAL® und Qobuz®. In addition to support for home networks, an internet radio tuner of the latest generation is integrated as well. Using apt-X®, KARL and KARLOTTA can also receive uncompressed tracks via Bluetooth – for example from smartphone or tablet.
Direct connection for analogue and digital sources
Besides well thought out streaming features, KARL and KARLOTTA also offer a number of digital and analogue inputs for high-end sources. From high-resolution SACD players to exquisite record players, all preferred external sources can be connected directly. A USB port is available as well, allowing playback from USB memory devices.
Intuitive control via app and remote control with colour display
Even though KARL and KARLOTTA offer a great variety of functions, the operation is holistic and intuitive: Both systems come with the Lyravox remote control that features a high-resolution colour display. Sources and tracks can be selected quickly and easily. In addition, the Lyravox Remote app is available for free both for iOS® and Android®. It offers the same functionality and is perfectly tailored to mobile devices.
Crafted by hand in the music metropolis Hamburg
Of course, a system such as KARL or KARLOTTA demands to be crafted individually by hand. This is done from start to finish in the music metropolis Hamburg. In addition to the KARL Signature Look with pure white nanocoating, there are unlimited options available to design the surfaces individually. The acoustic adjustments of KARL and KARLOTTA for different rooms are also done individually – not by automated systems or apps, but by Lyravox trained professionals. KARL was developed to be used in rooms from 30 to 120 square metres, KARLOTTA for 25 to 75 square metres.
World premiere at the Norddeutsche HiFi-Tage
KARL and KARLOTTA will have their world premiere at the renowned convention Norddeutsche HiFi-Tage in Hamburg from 4th to 5th February 2017.