Lyric Welcomes Wilson

Wilson SophiaDoes Wilson Make The World’s Best Speakers? Many Think So.

WAMM, WHOW, Grand SLAMM! It’s enough to make you wonder WATT in blazes is happening?

No, this isn’t a discourse on pop art paintings that resemble blown up comic book panels. It’s an introduction to the venerated loudspeaker designer, David Wilson, who has used those terms as model designations.

Don’t let the names mislead you. Wilson speakers deliver far more than the blunt-force bass that they imply. Dynamic power, always a Wilson hallmark, is just one reason audiophiles revere the brand. Countless devotees will tell you, without hesitation, that Wilson speakers have it all.

We concur. Wilsons are forcefully dynamic yet highly detailed, fast and distortion-free, exceptionally transparent with true-to-life timbre, and as spatially correct as any loudspeaker has ever been.

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The Art Of McIntosh

Hi-Fi’s First Audiophile Brand Means Thrilling Music For A Lifetime

McIntosh, hi-fi’s oldest audiophile manufacturer, has produced a steady stream of superlative products for more than 65 years and continues the tradition with models such as those featured below. Read about their unique features, click on the images to expand them, then come hear thecomponents in our showrooms. You can also click these links to learn about Important McIntosh Benefits and The Rich McIntosh Heritage.

McIntosh MHA100

MHA100 Headphone Amplifier: A significant step forward in personal listening, the MHA100 combines a cornucopia of McIntosh advancements. One is a new iteration of the firm’s tried-and-true Autoformer technology; it provides three headphone impedance ranges, 8-40, 40-150 and 150-600 ohms, to accommodate ‘phones ranging from ear buds to professional studio models. The unit also features a Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD), which allows headphones to deliver multi-dimensional imaging and a sense of space that music lovers could previously attain only with speakers. With four digital inputs, this outstanding amplifier can decode digital music files at up to 32 bits/192kHz, and it also gives you two analog inputs. Downsized for placement flexibility, the MHA100 is the most easily-positioned amp in the McIntosh line, yet it will feed 50 watts of power to a pair of speakers when you choose to listen through them instead of with headphones. (That power rating is, as is always the case with McIntosh amps, conservative.) The company’s famed Power Guard system prevents clipping, and a 5-Step Bass Boost control allows individualized low-frequency tailoring. Naturally, the MHA100’s polished stainless steel chassis is classically McIntosh, from the instantly-recognizable blue meters and glass front panel to the handsome, signature knobs and brushed aluminum end caps.

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British Crown Jewels

You’ll Find The Diamonds From Bowers & Wilkins Absolutely Dazzling

Bowers & Wilkins 803 DiamondThree decades ago, Bowers & Wilkins introduced its original 801 loudspeaker, a giant step forward for the firm and its customers but a mere first step in the creation of what has since become an almost mythic model range.

The venerable British firm unveiled the newest generation of 800 models, the 800 Series Diamonds, at the January 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show. The speakers are manufactured entirely in the UK and mirror a long tradition of distinguished English luxury goods — Rolls Royce and Bentley automobiles, outerwear by Burberry and Barbour. For the first time, the company’s diamond dome tweeters are built into every 800 Series model. Now, even the stand mounted 805 provides the clear, uncolored, distortion-free sound that they’re known for.

Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamonds incorporate a cornucopia of advancements over predecessor models, including new motor assemblies for bass drivers and tweeters. These reduce distortion to new lows and result in even smoother sound. Improved driver design has allowed B&W to employ a superior crossover network, one that has been upgraded for cleaner signal passthrough. Signal quality is also enhanced by new, company-designed input terminals, which are fabricated of oxygen-free copper, a better conductor than brass.

These improvements will endow your favorite recordings with added layers of sonic excellence across the frequency spectrum while subtle aesthetic changes will make 800 Series Diamonds look better than ever in your home.

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Magneplanars Are Magic

The Long Awaited .7 Is Now Available For Audition At Lyric

Magneplanar .7The long awaited Magneplanar .7 has arrived at last.

Many of you who have coveted its larger sibling model, the Magneplanar 1.7, but have found it too big for your listening room will find this superb new Magneplanar an affordable ticket to years of great musical performances.

The .7 is actually a downsized 1.7. It employs the same 2-way quasi ribbon technology while offering diminished width, depth and height. In fact, the .7 is nearly a foot shorter than the 1.7.

The .7 employs the upgrades that Magnepan made to both the 1.7 and 3.7 after their introductions — at that point, the letter i was added to their designations — and the firm is even offering an optional .7 base, which is oval-shaped and especially compatible with contemporary room decor.

We urge you to visit and audition this exceptional, value-packed, audiophile loudspeaker, which is now up and running at both our stores.

Magneplanars Combine Uncommon Value With Utterly Enthralling Sound

Every audio enthusiast who has heard Magneplanars will tell you that they represent outstanding value, and many seasoned listeners insist they provide better sonics for less money than any other loudspeaker bar none. Speakers sounding anywhere near as good invariably sell for at least two or three times the price.

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This Is Vinyl’s Golden Era

Hear Today’s Super-Fi LPs Outdo The Originals — On An Affordable Rega Turntable

MusicMattersIn an era increasingly associated with digital devices, the renaissance of analogue recordings and turntables made to play them has amazed many observers. While some attribute the phenomenon to nostalgia, we know it occurred because music on vinyl, always marvelous, sounds better than ever.

Many of the industry’s classic albums have been remastered and pressed on heavy, high grade vinyl, which is vastly superior to the commercial grade. These new records sound substantially better than the originals — provided, that is, you play them on a high quality turntable.

Though Lyric was one of the first American audio stores to offer CD players, we never stopped recommending turntables to our audiophile clients. These days, given the proliferation of remastered, super-fi LPs, we once again see the turntable as essential to every home music system.

Whether you’re a first-time buyer, a serious listener on a budget, or a veteran audiophile in search of a top-echelon model, we have the perfect turntable for you.

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