Lyra Delos MC Phono Cartridge Features Angles That Remain in Perfect Alignment During LP Playback: Enjoy Involving Dynamics, Finite Information Retrieval, Incredible Tracking
When you listen to music, you crave the warmth, detail, immersion, and involvement provided by LPs and turntables. You're not alone. Interest in vinyl playback continues to escalate. One reason is simple: For, as advanced as today's digital technology seems, sometimes you cannot improve on a classic method. Then again, sometimes you can. Alone in its innovative approach to cartridge design, Lyra gives music listeners the best of both tradition and modernity. And while Lyra's technical explanations and techniques make for interesting reading, all that really matters is that you, the discerning listener, benefit from the enhanced experiences Lyra's methods deliver with the hand-built, Japanese-made, individually tuned, and repeatedly inspected Delos.
The sixth-generation Lyra cartridge design and a Music Direct best-seller, Delos affords three-dimensional perspectives and beautiful tones never approached by most models in its price range – a relatively modest cost, given the standard-setting performance. Involving dynamics, responsive sound, finite textural retrieval, and incredible tracking are among Delos' many attributes. If you've never heard a Lyra, your jaw might literally drop once you witness Delos' reproduction of everything from demanding percussive lines to soft vocal sibilants. Attaining such top-flight sonic behavior doesn't come easy.
At its core, Delos is built around an architecture that finds the cartridge's angles in perfect alignment at all times. Doing so gives you improved low-level detail, dynamic range, transient impact, and presence. The problem is that conventional moving-coil cartridges don't follow these principles. They feature aligned angles only when tracking force is not applied, meaning that disorientation and directional flux occurs every time you play an album. Tracking ability, resolution, dynamics, and detail all suffer as a result. Lyra designer Jonathan Carr solved this fundamental issue by developing a body structure with an unusually shallow angle and pairing it with a unique, asymmetrical damping system. When tracking force is applied, the force of the stylus on the LP causes the cartridge's angles to assume a symmetrical shape, eliminating any discrepancies between the magnetic circuit, signal coils, and core. Or, put simply, better sound for you.
Analog is an exact science. Lyra recognizes this. Delos comes equipped with further attributes to ensure you get repeat richly engaging encounters with your favorite records. A microridge stylus on a boron cantilever provides superb tracking; a non-parallel solid machined metal body furnishes low resonances; 6-N high-purity copper coils and nude construction impart alluring clarity. We could go on about the nit-picky specifications. But we feel that, like us, what you really care about is how Delos will make your music come alive.
"The Delos displays a wonderfully lively dynamic response, sounds
consistently fast and responsive, with a rich thicket of tones and
textures. From bass drum wallops to light cymbal pats, growling bowed
strings, and moments of dynamic hush to explosive outbursts, the Delos
also conjured an impressive illusion of three-dimensionality...it seems to me that Lyra's design work with the Delos has yielded
something quite special: a beautiful performer that sets a new standard
in its class."
– Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, Editors' Choice Award
Builder: Yoshinori Mishima (final build, testing), Akiko Ishiyama (primary build)
Type: Medium weight, medium compliance, low-impedance moving coil cartridge
Frequency range: 10Hz - 50kHz
Channel separation: 30dB or better at 1kHz
Cantilever system: Solid boron rod with Namiki microridge line-contact stylu (2.5um x 75um) and one-point suspension,
directly mounted to cartridge body
Coil: 6N high-purity copper, 8.2ohms internal impedance, 9.5uH inductance
Output voltage: 0.6mV @ 5cm/sec. (CBS test record)
Compliance: Approx. 12 x 10 cm/dyne at 100Hz
Vertical tracking angle: 20 degrees
Cartridge body: One-piece machining from solid aluminum billet
Cartridge weight (without stylus cover): 7.3g
Recommended tracking force: 1.7g - 1.8g (1.75g preferred)
Recommended load directly into MC phono input: 91ohms - 47kohm
Recommended load via step-up transformer: 5 - 15ohm
Recommended tonearm: High-quality pivoted or linear (tangential) tone arm with rigid bearing(s), adjustable anti-skating force, preferably VTA adjustment