"A Stellar Value," Raves 6moons.com
The Lycan from Supreme Sound is a powerful and detailed headphone amplifier which comes fully assembled and ready to play. It also has preamp functionality, allowing direct connection to an amp without the need for a separate preamplifier.
"No matter how you look at it, it's a terrific headfi performer and a stellar value. Supreme Sound are off to a good start!" raves Srajan Ebaen, 6moons.com, September 2015.
"Burson Audio's Lycan is a plucky, versatile amp, that has plenty of power to most headphones," reports Reddog in a head-fi.org review for November 25, 2015. "This extremely portable amp offers great value for the money. I was surprised how well it was able to drive all of my headphones to ear shattering levels."
Pure Class-A Design
Occupying roughly the same footprint as a smartphone, the Lycan is a pure Class-A and fully discrete design outputting 2.2 watts (2200mW) per channel into 16 ohms, making it able to drive virtually any headphone on the market.
The Lycan has a 60W power supply and 8800uf of power capacitance, ensuring plenty of headroom regardless of the impedance and sensitivity of the headphones. Through this reference class headphone amplifier, you will hear the finest details and greatest dynamics in your music.
Affordable Priced, Quality Build
The Lycan is built to the same exact standards as all Supreme Sound and Burson Audio products. Boasting gold-plated headphone jacks, Dale resistors, Slimic II capacitors, and more, the Lycan is built to provide a lifetime of great sound and reliable service.
Fun and Easy Op-amp Rolling
Op-amp rolling (i.e., trying different op-amps in the circuitry) is very popular among audiophiles, and the Lycan encourages that tradition. The sonic characteristic of the Lycan changes when different op-amps are used. Its open frame design and gold plated DIP socket make op-amp rolling with the Lycan fun and easy. It's literally plug and play! Through op-amp rolling, your Lycan will evolve with and adopt to your ever changing music and listening preferences.
Please note that the Lycan will work with one dual op-amp or two single op-amps. It’s not designed to work with both single and dual op-amp simultaneously.
The Lycan is a stand-alone headphone amp and preamp. Connect any quality line-level source (CDP / DVDP / DAC / Soundcard / etc.) via the RCA inputs. If you are using the Lycan as a preamp, connect the preamp outputs to your powered speakers or power amp.
Direct Coupled Design
The Lycan is a fully direct-coupled (DC) design meaning there’s no DC coupling capacitor in the signal path. (The coupling jumper is set in the OFF position.) This optimizes audio performance but if you’re a DIYer with a modified source component that leaks DC voltage (greater than 50mV) into the signal input, then it’s important to protect your system by coupling the input with a coupling cap. In that case, just switch the jumper to the ON position as shown below and proceed.
Assembled in Southern California
Supreme Sound has commissioned JMP Electronic in Tustin, Southern California to assemble all Lycans supplied to the North American region. JMP Electronics and its team of engineers have over two decades of experience in the manufacturing of hi end audio products, and they have certainly given their Lycans an American touch.
Supreme Sound Audio Philosophy
The less that audio components tamper with the music, the greater the musical satisfaction. If the equipment is honest and transparent, then the proper tempo, dynamics and tone will materialize as a natural expression of the music. This can never be achieved with standard circuit building blocks like IC op-amps, regulators or standard transformers. Instead Supreme Sound concentrates on developing customized, all-discrete circuits specifically for audio. In this way each and every component involved is optimized and pushed to its peak performance.
"No matter how you look at it, it's a terrific headfi performer and a stellar value. Supreme Sound are off to a good start!"
- Srajan Ebaen, 6moons.com, September 2015
"Burson Audio's Lycan is a plucky, versatile amp, that has plenty of power to most headphones. Furthermore one can roll out OP-AMP, to alter the sound signature of the amp. This versatility really makes this amp a fantastic buy. This extremely portable amp offers great value for the money. I was surprised how well it was able to drive all of my headphones to ear shattering levels. I feel this plucky little amp is ideal for the office or a college dorm room."
- Reddog, head-fi.org, November 25, 2015