STANDLAUTSPRECHERSYSTEME AKTIV/DIGITAL. ODER KURZ: KARL + KARLOTTA

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Mit der Einführung der modernen Keramikmembran im Lautsprecherbau wurden im High End-Audio völlig neue Sphären erschlossen. Lyravox vereint nun dieses technische Potenzial erstmalig mit den Vorzügen eines vollaktiven, komplett digital kontrollierten Lautsprecheranantriebs der neuesten Generation. Das entspricht technisch in etwa dem Wechsel vom guten alten Vergaser zum digitalen Motormanagement bei einem Sportwagen. Das Ergebnis dieser konsequenten Evolution sind KARL und KARLOTTA, die ersten Standlautsprechersysteme der Manufaktur Lyravox.

GANZHEITLICHE AKUSTIK

Lyravox steht für ganzheitliche Stereophonie im Dienst perfekter Akustik. Ausgehend vom bestmöglichen Lautsprecher als dem eigentlichen Klangerzeuger bildet die Kette aus dessen Antrieb, der Speisung dieses Antriebs und der dieser vorgelagerten Signalverarbeitung ein von unnötigen Verlusten freies, vor allem aber kohärentes System. Dieses integrale System ist ausschließlich dem akustischen Endergebnis einer perfekten Stereoprojektion unterworfen. Die Konsequenz daraus ist, daß bei Lyravox die Lautsprecher die Stereoanlage sind.

KLANG ALS KONZEPT

Doch Lyravox ist keinesfalls der Technik verschrieben, sondern allein dem erzielbaren Klangerlebnis. Am Anfang aller Entwicklungen steht ein in vielen Dimensionen klar definiertes Ideal des perfekten Klangs sowie das Wissen, mit welcher Technik sich welche Kriterien erfüllen lassen. Viele prominente Lautsprechertechnologien wurden dabei ausgeklammert, weil ihren Vorzügen Kompromisse gegenüberstanden. Für alle Produkte des Hauses Lyravox gilt: das Musikerlebnis muß überwältigen, indem es in puncto Raumabbildung, Tonalität, Detailtreue, Textur, Timbre, Dynamik, Timing, Homogenität und allem voran des ‚Gesangs’ der Darbietung nichts gegenüber dem realen Musikereignis vermissen läßt – oder dieses bei perfekten Aufnahmen noch übertrifft.

In Love with KARLOTTA

Philipp Schneckenburger von HiFi EinsNull hat als erster Audio-Redakteur die brandneue KARLOTTA getestet. Für Überschwang ist er generell nicht bekannt, dennoch schreibt er angesichts des packenden Klangs von KARLOTTA zum ersten mal von Liebe! Lesen Sie den Test hier: zum Download

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ALL YOU NEED IS KARL

Äußerlich nur als Standlautsprecher wahrgenommen, sind KARL und KARLOTTA vollständige Audiosysteme. Neben der Aktivelektronik mit acht Pascal® S-Pro-Endstufen á 500w (KARLOTTA sechs Endstufen) und acht einzeln gespeisten Signalkanälen mit hochauflösender digitaler Frequenztrennung/Entzerrung/Laufzeitkorrektur in FIR-Technologie beherbergen.

KARL und KARLOTTA auch einen ins System integrierten Streamer. Zum einen deshalb, weil das Streaming heute die klanglich vorteilhafteste Audioquelle ist, zum anderen wegen der technischen Vorzüge der direkten Integration in das geschlossene System. Dank des Lyravox-Streamers beherrschen KARL und KARLOTTA nicht nur Netzwerkstreaming in doppelter Studioqualität (24 bit/192khz), sondern auch Internetstreaming on Demand in CD-Qualität über TIDAL® und Qobuz® . In derselben Qualität empfangen sie unkomprimierte Tracks über Bluetooth, dank des Topstandards apt-X® . Ein Internetradio-Tuner der neuesten Generation gehört ebenso zum Ausstattungsumfang wie ein Anschluß für USB-Speichermedien und externe Eingänge für analoge und digitale Quellen. Trotz des großen Funktionsumfangs gelingt die Bedienung ganzheitlich und intuitiv über die Lyravox Funkfernbedienung mit Farbdisplay oder alternativ über die Lyravox Remote App für iOS® und Android® . Damit markiert KARL zugleich das erste vollintegrierte Fullsize-High End-Audiosystem der Welt.

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HIGH END AUDIO NACH MASS

Einem System wie KARL oder KARLOTTA ist nichts anderes angemessen als die individuelle Fertigung von Hand, in diesem Fall in der Musik-Weltstadt Hamburg. Deshalb gibt es neben dem KARL Signature Look (Nanobeschichtung Reinweiß) unbegrenzte Möglichkeiten für eine individuelle Gestaltung der Oberflächen. Individuell ausgemessen wird auch die akustische Raumanpassung von KARL und KARLOTTA, und zwar nicht durch Automatiken oder Apps, sondern allein durch von Lyravox geschultes Fachpersonal. KARL ist ausgelegt auf Räume von ca. 30 – 120 m2, KARLOTTA auf solche von ca. 25 – 75m2.

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ACOUSTIC MASTER CRAFT

The new Stereomaster SM3-150 is the most compact Stereomaster model, measuring only 148 x 30 x 19 cm (WxHxD). Yet it is packed with 12 audiophile drivers, including four long-stroke 7’’ woofers in closed baffle configuration, four aluminum 3.5’’ midrange drivers, and four of the legendary Scan Speak® ring radiators. This combination represents a lineup of drivers that have proven to be world class performers in their respective disciplines, but also form a seamless and highly musical blend together. The wall mounted SM3 is a quad-amped digital/active design with six internal audio channels and DSP-based crossover/equalisation. Its four side speakers serve to create a panoramic stereo image, as well as a natural sonic diffuse field, and provide a 180° stereo sweet spot.

fernWith its large total effective membrane area and a power rating of 1.500 watts class D in total, any kind of music can be enjoyed at concert-level or movie theatre dynamics. At the same time, even the most subtle details and images remain audible at subdued listening levels.

SOUND QUALITY REDEFINED

In the understanding of Lyravox, high end audio today demands much more than ultra clear sound, wide frequency extension, sonic linearity and powerful dynamics. The distinction between sophisticated audio and audiophile greatness lies in criteria such as musical homogenity, timing, articulation, colour, micro dynamics, textural richness, depth, holographic imaging, and air. These are the aspects that transform recorded music into sensations, and the aspects that all Stereomaster models are optimized for. Decisive for these qualities is the individual performance as well as the interaction of speakers, amps, crossover, and cabinet – the focus points of the development of the Stereomaster range. Thanks to their total integration and the employment of the most advanced hard- and software available today, Stereomasters enjoy certain technical advantages in comparison to traditional HiFi-setups:

  •  A Stereomaster, being a holistic system, comes without sonic bottlenecks such as interconnect cabling, plugs, interfaces, conversion stages, and, most of all, passive crossovers as the main obstacle for perfect acoustics.
  •  As they were carefully selected to work as a team, all components within the Stereomaster are fully matched to form a ‚perfect audio chain’.
  •  The digital speaker management of the Stereomaster allows time alignment by micro seconds, as well as advanced filtering and equalisation, thus creating the most homogenous sound possible from a multiple driver system.

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LIFELIKE , THREE – DIMENSIONAL SOUND – THROUGHOUT THE ROOM

In contrast to any other audio system, a Stereomaster is an acoustic projector, using multiple audio channels to recreate the sonic dispersion of a live performance. Auxiliary side drivers re-create the diffuse field of a live musical performance (see graphic illustration). Another advantage of the Stereomaster´s multi-channel projection is a stable stereo perception within 180° in front of the unit. The Stereomaster SM3-150 is designed to deliver concert level audio replay in rooms up to 45m2. Room related sound adjustments will be carried out by Lyravox trained dealer personnel.

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THE STEREOMASTER CONCEPT: HIGH END AUDIO, RE-FORMED

Heavy audio equipment is no longer compatible with contemporary lifestyles or neat interiors. This is tragic, as today´s prime audio equipment provides listening pleasure like never before. It is Lyravox`mission to transform modern high end audio technology into user-friendly as well as interior-friendly solutions. The result is the Lyravox Stereomaster series of totally integrated, unicabinet audio systems.

Primarily and regardless of their size, all Stereomasters are no-compromise high end audio generators. Employing audio components of the highest grade, matching them perfectly, and forging them to one lossless audio chain is the basis of the concept – an approach that is not possible within traditional audio systems. In addition, the Stereomasters incorporate newly developed acoustic and digital sound projection techniques – for a stereo image that is highly defined while being less dependent on positioning within the room.

Offering all modern music sources and full digital connectivity, a Stereomaster remains the only piece of audio equipment necessary for full scale music replay. Sources include CD, USB storage, home network sources via DLNA (music servers, NASes, PCs), internet radio, cd-quality internet streaming on demand via TIDAL® or Qobuz® ,

Bluetooth AptX® , digital external inputs, and analog external inputs. All common audio formats are supported, up to a resolution of 24 bit/192 khz (two times recording studio standard). Stereomasters integrate into home networks via LAN or WLAN, and they are compatible with most home automation systems. Multiroom setups of several Stereomasters or their integration into mixed environments are possible.

Regardless of their performance and feature richness, the Lyravox Stereomasters are just as easy to use as a TV set or an audio ,gadget‘. The key to this is the Lyravox RF remote control with colour display, allowing instant intuitive control of all functions. Alternatively or in parallel, the Lyravox Remote app for iOS® or Android® can be used on smartphones or tablets for controlling a single Stereomaster or a group of units.

As the icing on the cake, Lyravox Stereomasters are not only meant to fit into contemporary interiors, but to complement them favourably. Lyravox offers a wide range of finishes and colour combinations for all Stereomasters, as well as unlimited individual finishes within the Custom Craft program. This is possible because all Stereomasters are individually handcrafted in Hamburg, Germany.

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DESIGN & CRAFT

The appearance of the Stereomaster SM3 is on par with its technical and musical brilliance: Scandinavian design meets German master craftmanship. All Stereomasters are individually handcrafted in Hamburg, using finest veneers, a variety of unicolor finishes from ultra matte to ultra glossy, and solid metal. The standard exterior options for the SM3 include five veneers and three unicolour coatings, offering extensive interior matching possibilities. Upgrade options include individual colours and black piano finish, along with ceramic coated steel and solid metal choices. Further individualization without limitations are available through our Custom Craft service, from precious metals applications up to handmade mirrored veneers. A special feature of the SM3 is its detachable metal facade, which can be swapped against a different facade.

THE NEW GENERATIONOF STEREOMASTER SM2

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The new SM2-200 mkII is Lyravox´ flagship Stereomaster. Measuring 200 x 33 x 25 cm (WxHxD), it is equipped with superlative speaker drivers. These include the world’s longest stroke 8“ high end woofer (in closed baffle configuration), the legendary Scan Speak® 18M, known as the world’s best human voice renderer, and the all new Scan Speak® beryllium tweeter (which we consider a class of its own). The SM2-200 mkII is an octa-amped digital/active design with eight internal audio channels and DSP-based crossover/equalisation/time alignment. Its side speakers serve to create a panoramic stereo image, restore a natural sonic diffuse field, and provide an undiminished 180° stereo listening area.

fernThe Stereomaster SM2-200 mkII is designed to deliver concert level audio replay in rooms up to 80 m2 , the more compact SM2-170 mkll can serve rooms up to 50m2. The SM2s compete with today´s leading high end audio systems in every aspect of sound quality.

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HIGH END AUDIO MEETS LIFESTYLE

Heavy audio equipment and complex HiFi-setups are hardly compatible with contemporary lifestyles or aesthetic interiors. This is tragic, as today’s high end audio equipment provides listening pleasure like never before. It is Lyravox’ mission to transform modern high end audio into user-friendly as well as interior-friendly solutions. The result is the Lyravox Stereomaster series of totally integrated, unicabinet audio systems. Primarily and regardless of their size, all Stereomasters are no-compromise high end audio machines. Employing audio components of the highest grade, matching them perfectly, and forging them to one lossless audio chain is the basis of the concept – an approach that is not possible within traditional audio systems. In addition, the Stereomasters incorporate newly developed acoustic and digital sound projection techniques – for a stereo image that is highly defined while being less dependent on positioning within the room. Offering all modern music sources and full digital connectivity, a Stereomaster remains the only piece of audio equipment necessary for high class music replay. The available sources include CD, USB storage, home network sources via DLNA (music servers, NASes, PCs), internet radio, internet streaming via TIDAL® or Deezer® , Bluetooth AptX® , HIGH

END A UDIO MEET S LIFE STYLE digital external inputs, and analog external inputs. All common audio formats are supported, up to a resolution of 24 bit/192 khz (two times recording studio standard). Stereomasters integrate into home networks via LAN or WLAN, and they are compatible with most home automation systems. Multiroom setups of several Stereomasters or their integration into mixed environments are also possible. Regardless of their performance and feature richness, the Lyravox Stereomasters are just as easy to use as a TV set or an audio ‚gadget’. The key to this is the Lyravox RF remote control with colour display, allowing instant intuitive control of all functions. Alternatively and in parallel, the Lyravox Remote app for iOS® or Android® can be used on smartphones or tablets for controlling a single Stereomaster or a group of units. As the icing on the cake, Lyravox Stereomasters are not only meant to fit into contemporary interiors, but to complement them favourably. Lyravox offers a wide range of finishes and coulour combinations for all Stereomasters, as well as unlimited individual finishes within the Custom Craft program. This is possible because all Stereomasters are individually handcrafted in Hamburg, Germany.

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THE COMPANY

Diligent audio engineers, enthusiastic music lovers, passionate designers – the Hamburg-based HiFi manufacturer Lyravox consists of many different people. They teamed up to shape unique, audiophile masterpieces in the heart of Hamburg and have created one of the most desirable high-end audio systems. Lyravox provides a unique musical experience for the classy home: Whether visually opulent or subtle –the Stereomaster models always deliver supreme sound quality. Each Lyravox system is crafted meticulously by hand, from the select components to the finest materials such as individually chosen woods.

DESIGN

Clean, straightforward lines or lavishly embellished in the vein of Art Deco: The Lyravox Stereomaster comes in many different shapes. But all of them share the same perfect finish of finest woods and elaborately worked metals. The wall-mounted design creates a very special impression: Completely cable-free, the Stereomaster presents itself as an audio masterpiece in the room

HAND-CRAFTED IN GERMANY

To create unique audio systems that offer long-lasting joy, Lyravox crafts every Stereomaster by hand. Each model is the result of hundreds of hours of dedicated work. The unique architecture of the Hamburg-based manufactory provides the perfect backdrop for this display of craftsmanship. Here, every single component is selected by experienced artisans and extensively tested before being fitted into one of the audio systems.

THE REBIRTH OF HOME AUDIO

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ENJOY MUSIC FROM EVERY SOURCE

Nowadays, music comes in many forms: It can be played from CD, smartphone, home network, USB flash drive, an internet radio station or an online streaming service. The Lyravox Stereo Master combines all these sources for a unique musical experience without compromise. In addition to traditional formats, it can also handle modern high-resolution audio.

INTUITIVE CONTROL VIA APP

Lyravox has designed the Stereomaster with a classy and elegant outward appearance that directs attention to the fine materials and lavish inlays. The controls on the audio system itself are kept at a minimum, a radio remote control with colour display provides convenient operation and grants access to every feature of the system. It is also possible to control the Stereomaster via smartphone or tablet-PC using an app that will be available for Apple iOS and Android.

SINGLE PIECE OR MULTI-ROOM

Lyravox has created the Stereomaster to be unique – every single system is a statement for the individuality of music. If desired, the powerful drivers create the intense volume of a concert performance to fill even large rooms with magnificent sound. At the same time, many people wish to connect their audio systems at home to enjoy music in perfect quality within every room. To achieve this, Lyravox has designed the Stereomaster in such a way that several systems in a building can be linked: At the push of a button, all models are combined into a single, unique multi-room system.

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UNIQUE, AUDIOPHILE SOUND

The Lyravox Stereomaster features a unique, audiophile sound that is based on its perfectly matched components: Up to 12 carefully selected high-end chassis combined with premium amplification technology recreate music the way it was intended to sound. The supreme design omits lossy conversions and retains the quality of the signal. Meticulous adjustments through precise measurements and extensive listening tests provide a detailed and nuanced experience. Enjoy music at home in a new dimension!

EVERY MODEL IS UNIQUE

At Lyravox, the customer’s desire for a custom-made high-end audio system is the top priority. Because each model is crafted by hand, nearly every component can be individually modified during the manufacturing process. From colour and material to the working of the inlays, everything can be matched perfectly to the existing interior design of the customer’s home. Because of this level of individuality, every Stereomaster that leaves the Hamburg-based manufactory is unique.

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