Bookshelf Speakers

Jaton Lyra HD-661 DX Monitor Speakers

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Introduction

Jaton is a Silicon Valley company making 2- to 5-channel amplifiers as well as speakers. The Lyra HD-661 DX speakers are a two-way design with an additional passive reflex woofer. I tested them with the accompanying stands. The midrange and woofer are 6.5" metal alloy, the 1" silk dome tweeter is in between those two. The unique cabinets are made of plastic, finished with a high gloss lacquer and pinched in the middle to make a slight hourglass shape. The port is on the rear. Connection is via five-way binding posts. They are bi-ampable but I did not try this.

Specifications

  • Design: Two-Way, Reflex, Monitor
  • Drivers: One 1" Silk Dome Tweeter, One 6.5" Midrange, One 6.5" Passive Bass Radiator
  • MFR: 48 Hz - 25 kHz
  • Nominal Impedance: 4 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: 88 dB/W/M
  • Power Handling: 200 Watts RMS
  • Dimensions: 24" H x 9" W x 10" D
  • Weight: 44 Pounds/Each
  • MSRP: $1,600/Pair USA
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My initial visual impression of the Lyra's was their striking design and high gloss. I've had and still have some high gloss piano black speakers. Perhaps it's because the Lyras have plastic underneath the multiple coats of lacquer, but for some reason they are even more black and glossier than just about anything I've seen. This makes them hard to clean as any bit of dust will be very visible. Fun to photograph though as they create some interesting reflections.

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The speakers are remarkably light – owing to the plastic of course. But, when you pick them up you can still get a sense of the heft of the drivers. There is some damping material inside as evidenced by rapping on the side of the speaker, but the rap test also reveals that it is indeed a thin plastic box. The stands on the other hand are comfortably heavy and curved just right to match the HD 661s. Since the speakers are a bit taller than the average stand mounted speaker, the stands are a bit shorter than you might find with other stands. This is something to consider if you are looking at these speakers. Your old stands might be too tall.