The new tube TI 60 (1200 euros) from lyric looks outside and inside truly like a poem. HiFi fans set to warm further in the face of the award. And what happens when they hear this amplifier?
- Lyric TI 60 integrated amplifier
- stereoplay – experiment: resistance movement
- stereoplay expertise – everything in the box
- Data sheet
Usually, lyric boss Thomas Deyerling tends to be cheerful understatement. That’s why we can believe the Kelkheimer Highend when he sighs: “Our project, maximum €1000 to provide much tube, soon proved to be horribly difficult and held up for two years hit us.”
The compulsion to save (in terms make it had to stay but in Japanese Nichicons), the capacity of the sinfully expensive right now Elko power storage is expressed from prototype to prototype in dünnlichem sound. Until the Lyricer up to date used toroidal power transformers to the side laid and took those with classic egg core. In a gleaming type low-loss core material and a winding made of relatively thick copper wire they were looking for – now the longed-for basic sound balance was finally.
What the technician may nod, because he knows that such a transformer stores much energy in its windings in the form of magnetic fields. Secondly, such a Kawentsmann much faster reloading the electrolytic capacitors, so that hardly any danger of sustained bass rumblings can suck it.
Much time also needed it to find out the optimum winding ratio at the output transformers. It sounded then in pairs selected El 34, phase shifter-ECC 82 Shuguang and an entrance tube from Electro-Harmonix already tidy, controlled developer Stefan Noll at power supply roads again any resistance and each capacitor: “That needs it,” he says, “until that a tube can dance Samba”.
Where in the TI 60 now, so much work was plugged in, it should not be missed at the finish. So, Lyric as with its larger amps made a super neat wiring, which relies mostly on Ceramic tube Sockets and same soldering strips. Or honey turning feeling that only the large, remote course Alps volume control guarantees.
Who wanted to since the buttons skimp, so got that treats the Alps and the input selector switch one from full metal of turned, set screw-fixed Eumel. Finally, the aluminum front plate needed necessarily one centimeter thick, resulting in summa Summarum, with price rises at the Chinese bench that the TI 60 must cost has not increased 1000 and 1200 euros.
Therefore, no Highender is crying, but ever more interested in the measurement results. About the quite ordinary 39 respectively 37 Watts, to grab that on the 8 – and 4-ohm speakers terminals allow. Or for the course of harmonic distortion, which can be regarded as perfect in this class.
This means that it is not advisable for synthetic Discofetzer with brute levels to use the TI 60 on critical transducers – normal boxes and more natural ways but be sure!
After offered break-in, turned out to be the TI 60 even as one of the amplifier, which can force the HiFi-friend to hear not only a title, but all relevant records. For example the “10 best” from the corresponding Chesky CD. Then ‘Oh well’ with a snippy Sarah raises no later than the first back shower k. from flesh and blood and a guitar Geranke are rearing up splendidly. And oops, suddenly the listener with “Dinah” from the first no longer come on up to the last second of the jazz club atmosphere, the throbbing driving Hot-Jazz pounding and the solo bows.
And who was going to fail with “Spooky” with the easy-grip wooden bass accompanying Christy Baron since melting? And so it goes inevitably up to the A Capella tracks “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”, could in the lyric the beats of the vote each other wonderfully blossom and slide through a beautiful three-dimensional space.
While the TI 60 remained balanced, lively warm and upright, so that even long – like so many tubes-weakling the case – the careful hand at the level of the don’t be. That prompted the tester, the brave newcomer with the Cayin A-55 to compare metric tons from the same home (1/06, 48 points, 1650 euro).
The best tube, justified the higher price the instead operates with only one with two input stages, possibly with slightly looser bass. For this, the TI spread 60 finer height. The usually down-to-Earth Tester ULI Fessler marveled: “the lyric is the more beautiful shine, tone by tone vibraphone swabs more soul.” Can a tube amp get a nicer compliment for 1200 euros?
Tube lovers comes over some dulness when they see on the impedance diagrams of many common boxes: especially in the low frequency range resistance reduces common – accompanied by phase shifts that burden the amplifier – in addition to dangerous 2 ohm down.
The fear: Here a tube must break or at least begin to distort horribly.
Reality determined with the lyric TI 60 and a boxing Simulator: While the distribution of harmonics is the same harmonic, the complete is even slightly. Thanks to the high insulation of the tubes and the low negative feedback, the TI 60 shows so immune to repercussions of the boxes.
The secondo-hybrid for the comparison of unison shatters in the bass in total less. Because it increases distortion but, not quite so confidently respond to the box narrow trample.
Keep, accept the feedback of the delicate acting feedback signals from the fault reason and neat voltage increase the input level for the lyric takes tube per a triode system of an Electro Harmonix-, – can not complain about work.
The following ECC 82 double arrangement is limited primarily by the vibrations of the music to create a mirror image, so that the end tubes are activated against GE.
The output transformer adds together the two sides back to a music signal.
Lyric TI 60
Technical data and test results
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||33.0 x 19, 0 x 32.0 cm|
|Genus (REC / GM)||Integrated amplifier|
|Remote control available|
|System remote control / Adaptive||/|
|Front panel Black / Silver / champagne||/ /|
|Front panel other FB.|
|Tone controls / switched off||/|
|Recording selector switch audio|
|Network jacks switched / unswitched||0 / 0|
|Memory / storage automatic||0 /.|
|Transmitter sp. With aut. Sorting||No|
|Input phono MM / MC||/|
|High level RCA inputs / XLR||4 / 0|
|Digital inputs RCA / XLR||0 / 0|
|Boxes outputs A + B / switchable||/|
|Pre-Out / main||0 /.|
|Recorder connections (a / from)||0|
|Processor input / output||/|
|Unity gain input|
|True sine wave power stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm||37.0 W / 27.0 W|
|Music performance stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm||42.0 W / 32.0 W|
|Noise line||98.0 DB (a)|
|Short conclusion||Relatively big, best of crafted tube amp, which in no way reveals a slim budget. Superior for 1200 euros, bearing and fine sound.|
|Sound points analog
(maximum 70 points)
|Sound points Netzwerk-In
(maximum 70 points)
|Sound points USB-In
(maximum 70 points)
(maximum 10 points)
(max. 15 points)
(maximum 10 points)
|Overall rating (maximum 120||good – very good-70 points|
|tested in issue:||3 / 09|