Supremely clean tone, Revealing vocals, Fast bass, Wide soundstage, Superlative build quality
Hazy centre image, Limited sub-bass extension
The Lyra Nature earbud headphone is strikingly clean, open and concise, and the addition of a removable cable appends the most frequent complaint with previous models.
Astrotec are one of the originals, a premium HiFi audio manufacturer from a time before Chi-Fi had become synonymous with value-orientated. Their legacy is embodied in their products that dispel such a notion, featuring elegant designs formed by an amalgam of metal-work processes. The Lyra range of earbuds have always exemplified these strengths and the new Lyra Nature represents the 5th incarnation. It sports the same micropore die-cast copper tail cavity to reduce unwanted refractions, delivering a purer sound, in addition to the flawless build quality we’ve come to expect from Astrotec Earbuds. Mammoth 15mm dynamic drivers deliver a warm and open sound while a new MMCX removable cable appends the most frequent complaint with previous generation models, ensuring a long product lifespan. The Nature is available for $170 USD, you can read more about the Lyra Nature and purchase one for yourself here.
I would like to thank Astrotec very much for their quick communication and for providing me with the Lyra Nature for the purpose of review. All words are my own and there is no monetary incentive for a positive review. Despite receiving the earbuds free of cost, I will attempt to be as objective as possible in my evaluation.
I am quite enamoured with Astrotec’s packaging that features a clean sleeve over a linen-textured box. Inside are the earbuds within foam with faux leather hard case below. The case contains the covers, 2 sizes of rubber wing covers, 4 donut foams, full foams and ear hooks. The removable cable is stored in a separate box. The carrying case is similar to those included with past Lyra earbuds, however, the text is now gold to coincide with the gold rim of the earbuds.
Those familiar with past Lyra earbuds will find that the Nature tells a similar story. That’s a huge plus, these are likely the most solid earbud housings on the market, unique to Astrotec and oh so pleasing to the eye. Each piece is aluminium with a smooth satin finish. They assume a clean silver colour palette with gold accent rings. The micro-mesh rear vents make a return, a defining characteristic of Astrotec’s earbuds. The intricate texturing and finishes at play portray immense expertise in design and build. The earbuds are medium in terms of diameter but the housings are quite wide, clearly protruding from the ear. So while they sit comfortably in the outer ear, they aren’t ideal for sleeping.
Rubber rings run the sound output to provide comfort even in the absence of foam covers. Though they don’t lock into the tragus like the cable-down Yuin-style earbuds, they do offer a stable over-ear fit, especially in conjunction with the stock cable that now includes pre-moulded ear guides. As has been long requested by buyers, the Lyra Nature now includes a removable MMCX cable. It’s a silver plated unit with pleasing low-profile metal terminations. The connectors swivel freely and click solidly into place. Unlike prior Lyra earbuds, the new cable has earguides. It has no braid like the Collection, but is supple with a smooth sheath. It is a lightweight unit with zero microphonics and one that resists tangles well.
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