from Mark Lyon about the Lyngdorf amp
for inviting me to send the Lyngdorf amp to the comparison. I
thought it would be interesting to see how it would sound in comparison
to whatever showed up.
in all, it sounds like it did very well. Danny's recap states
that on Saturday, the Lyngdorf was picked as best (over the Superphon
prototype for $1K more) since you could listen to the Lyngdorf
longer, with more pleasure. As Danny puts it, “The top two were:
The Lyngdorf and the Superphon with an edge being given to the
Lyngdorf for being a smoother sounding amp. The smoothly balanced
sound of the Lyngdorf made it easy to listen to for extended periods.”
I am OK with something you can listen to longer, even if it has
a lower “wow” factor over shorter periods. I'm sure each of us
has heard something that initially grabs our attention-- and then
later, we notice that the “wow” part is getting tiring, and in
fact, is part of the reproduction chain, and not part of the music.
I own a Sonic Impact amp (who could resist the price?) and have
no doubt that the various modified units give a better sound.
Perfect for DIY work. Still, one cannot escape the lack of power.
Yes, there are workarounds-- higher efficiency speakers, powered
woofers for the low end-- but obviously, this is not for everyone.
In contrast, the $1490 Lyngdorf amp puts out 220 watts into 8
ohms, and 375 into 4 ohms (test results from HiFi World review
in the UK, May 2005 ... the magazine later named the SDA2175 as
“Amp of the year” for 2005).
Lyngdorf SDA2175 is not a prototype, or produced in very limited
quantities. The reason that Danny found that the fit and finish
of the Lyngdorf was so good, is that it is produced in quantity,
and to a very high standard. Support for the Lyngdorf Audio equipment
will be longterm.
thing about the Lyngdorf SDA2175, aside from not being very much
money, is that it never misses a beat. Very stable design. Also,
and I think this ! is worth considering, the Lyngdorf Audio company
is much more likely to be around seven years from now (say) if
the purchaser needs service. As I mentioned to you earlier, Peter
Lyngdorf owns Dali loudspeaker company and is the principal in
HiFi Klubben, a group of 55 audio stores in Scandinavia. As a
bricks and mortar retailer in business since 1975 (!), I pay a
lot of attention to how stable a company will be, if the person
who entrusted me with their money needs some service down the
road. I think some of the amp companies in the comparison would
fail the "likely longevity" test.
for asking for the amp. I had nothing to lose, really, since the
SDA2175 has not had any reviews in the US, and not any on the
horizon. Lyngdorf Audio is wrapped in brin! ging the RoomPerfect
room correction to market, and all their efforts will be toward
getting major magazine reviews for that. The SDA2175 seemed like
a good choice for your comparison.... a lot of bang for the buck,
a smooth, coherent musical presentation without any "weird" stuff
at all. We'll see, maybe a few people would like to have something
like this. It should have been pretty darn good sounding with
your test setup.
Again, thanks for asking me to send an amplifier. Lyngdorf Audio
has a full range of innovative products-- already being sold in
quantity in Europe, and just now starting in the US.
anyone has any further questions or comments, please let me know.
Lyon, Audio Systems
Park, TX 76367