By Andrew Liszewski
If you’re content to listen to your music with the white earbuds included with your iPod, then you’re probably just going to want to move along. But if you’ve got yourself a nice set of Grados and are looking to ‘pump up the jam’ a bit, I don’t think you’re going to be disappointed with Shiit’s Lyr headphone amp which delivers an impressive max output of 6 watts.
But all that power doesn’t mean the Lyr is only pegged for audiophiles with expensive tastes. The amp features what they call a ‘Dynamically Adaptive’ output stage which “works by sensing the current flowing through the output stage, and dynamically reconfiguring from Class-A single-ended to push-pull Class AB.” Yep, it’s all Greek to me too, but in the end it means the amp will work just as well with high-end cans as it will with low-impedance and low-efficiency models. But if you do happen to be very discerning when it comes to your audio gear, the Lyr even features swappable tubes. By default it comes with a pair of JJ ECC88s but if you’d like a different sound signature you can swap in your preferred tubes instead.
Just don’t be surprised that it will set you back $449 when it’s available in March. But that comes with an unlimited supply of ‘Schiit’ jokes.