A Headphone Amplifier Sure To Become a Design Classic: Schiit Lyr

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Straight from California comes one of the sleekest headphones amps I've seen. I could just leave you to gaze at its two fiery eyes—sorry, tubes—but what sort of tech site would we be if we didn't discuss specs?


Schiit is claiming it has 10 times the power of a normal headphone amplifier, owing to the 6W RMS that thunder through each channel into 32 ohms. Owners of the Lyr can swap out the tubes to their preference, as it takes 6DJ8, 6922 or ECC88 - 6N1P types—Schiit sells replacement ECC88 tubes for $40 a pair.

Made primarily from US-sourced parts, it's available for pre-ordering now, at $449, and will ship from March the 1st. You can check out more of the specs below. [Schiit via Werd]

Headphone Impedance: 8-600 ohms
Gain: 10 (20 dB)
Frequency Response: 2Hz-200KHz, -3dB
Maximum Output: 40V P-P into 32 ohms (6 watts RMS)
THD: Less than 0.1%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 1V
Topology: Dynamically Adaptive Dual-Mode Class A, zero feedback, noninverting, hybrid tube/MOSFET, single voltage gain stage, DC-coupled input and output
Tube Complement: ECC88 dual triode, 1 per channel (rollable to all 6922/6DJ8/ECC88 types)
Power Consumption: 30W
Size: 9 x 6.75 x 3.25"
Weight: 7 lbs



i'm 16 so i don't much about tube amps. I know that they are old tech and expensive... can anyone explain why tube thingy is better