Welcome to Lyric Hifi

429 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7EY Tel: +44 (0)2890 381296, From ROI 04890 381296
Open: 10:00am - 5:00pm - Monday to Friday, Saturday by appointment only

Call in for a mosey round, tap us for good advice, and have a listen to great sounds

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Optimisation and Rega System One

Optimisation is an interesting word often bandied about by hifi manufacturers. Often it means little or nothing, a buzzword in press releases, so it was interesting when it came up in engineering terms during a lovely morning spent talking to Roy Gandy of Rega fame recently. A Youtube video of that chat will follow soon-ish. Go to Youtube, search Lyric Hifi, open a video and hit subscribe. It costs nothing, you just get a message when a new video is loaded.

Back to optimisation.  Every one of the Planar turntable range is optimised for the best possible sound at it's price level. As an example look at the famous Planar 3 compared to the Planar 6. The 6 has a metal subplatter for more rigidity and it produces a better sound.

A few small manufacturers make a similar metal sub platter for you to 'upgrade' your 3 to a 6 however they miss the point. The 6 has better tonearm bearings, a separate power supply that reduces motor vibration so the stylus can measure more detail, an advanced ultra lightweight plinth and a platter with more mass at the outside for better stability from the flywheel effect. Every part of the turntable is better than the 3. Changing one part does not a 6 make.

Compare a One to a Two and you have a much better arm, plinth and platter for a hugely better sound while conforming to the same layout. Rega are famous for their glass platters however putting a P2 platter on a P1 does not a 2 make either. It's the whole combination, optimised and engineered for the best result.

Every Rega is more than the sum of it's parts due to being engineering as a complete synergistic package.

This also applies to the new Rega System One, a turntable, amplifier and loudspeaker complete system. While each individual element is rightly lauded for performance the total package is even better.

Here are some comments from the first reviews:

“The Rega System One is one of the most joyous things I have tested in a very long time. In compact but decently specified form, it possesses everything that a great Hi-Fi system needs to have. It is about the most fun you can have with your clothes on and Rega deserves to sell a million of them”. - Ed Selley.


"A sublime listening experience"

 "The System One is worthy of the highest praise"

 "This is the real deal"

 "This is a Hi-Fi experience like very little else anywhere near its price point"

 “An indisputable Best Buy”

Now I'm not always a fan of reviews however they have called this one right.

If you are looking for the default choice to start your vinyl journey check this out. Happy to let you hear it, it is always hooked up in the shop.

While the Planar One turntable, Io amplifier and Kyte speakers are individually priced at £299/420/550 totalling £ 1269 it is supplied at £ 1199 complete including your speaker cable, all good to go.

Optimisation does actually mean something in the right hands!


Here are links to the full reviews if you want to check out the details:

REGA System One Review

Another System One great Review


Linn Klimax Organik


So when Linn do something new and ground breaking people take notice and listen. Unfortunately in this case the Klimax Organik DSM launched during lockdown so I was too mean to buy a £ 30.000 streamer for demonstration when we weren't open to do any demonstrations!

By the time we were allowed open the waiting list had stretched to 14 weeks. At that time I did a video without actually having one explaining why it was special. Now i actually have one and it is gorgeous in both visuals and sound.

To match with it I have the Klimax Solo power amplifiers, also a pretty penny!

The clarity, dynamics, detail and musicality of this system is a level above anything else, happy to let you hear it, by appointment please to hear it at it's optimum.

I have used it with Kef Blade2 and it is breathtaking and have also used a variety of speakers. With a source as exceptional as this they all sound amazing!

Meantime whet your appetite with 2 different types of videos, the preview one and the report version

Linn Klimax Organik Preview


Linn Klimax Organik Report

Enjoy !



Both Linn and Rega have price increases from 1st January 22

Virtually every supplier has had to increase prices as raw materials and shipping costs have gone through the roof in the past 2 years

It used to cost me £ 1800 for a container Taiwan to Belfast, now they want £ 12000!

Aluminium has increased 4 fold and wood has doubled and sometimes more.

A worldwide silicon chip shortage has increased their prices too

Linn's increases average 14%, Rega's 10%

To avoid a Linn increase you have to be fast. I have a limited amount still to come through at 21 prices.Drop me a line to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with what you are thinking of.

All Rega products leaving the factory from 1st Jan are at the new price so it's all about current stocks

Right now you can save 10% on Planar 1, 2, 3, 8 and 10 turntables

There is some stock of Io, Brio and Aethos amplifiers

If you are thinking of an Aethos then you can save £ 300

Kyte speakers are also available at £ 499, soon to be £550

I also have some Apollo and Saturn cd players and Aria phono stages

When they're gone they're gone!



Record Players Galore !

I can't explain exactly why but since I put my 'Museum Corner' in the shop there has been an explosion of vintage hifi around here.

Over the years I have collected vintage pieces just for my own amusement instead of them meeting their maker. Radios amplifiers and turntables have sat about the workshop gathering dust so about a month ago I decided to build then into a history display.


A late 1970s Linn Sondek LP12, Luxman PD131 SME arm and a  Pink Triangle PT2 turntable with an Alphason arm sits alongside valve amplifiers from Quad, Rogers and even a beautiful Radford SC22 with STA25 power amp. I remember using one of these for a while in the 1980s and loved it. I sold it to help pay for a Triumph TR5. Pity I didn't keep both of those!

Tabletop radios from Bush and Philip are here too from as early as 1951. They aren't for sale!

Rogers BBC Monitor LS3/5-8s are complete with their matching active Quad 405 power amplifiers and still sound really good!

My own beloved Primare 928 preamplifier was there until along came the right owner and the right offer, farewell old friend!

The interest in all these interesting pieces continues to grow and recently I seem to have acquired an immaculate SME Model 10 turntable, a fully Quad refurbished set of Quad 11/22s with matching tuner and even a great example of the iconic Thorens TD 124.

Bliss !

None of these have specific price tags, if you're interested you probably know what they're worth!

Or can guess!