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Lyra turns the analog world on its ear with the introduction of the Etna phono cartridge!
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Only $7,195.00 with Top Tier* trade in!
*Top Tier = Lyra Atlas, Titan, Olympos & Parnassus
Only $7,325.00 with 2nd Tier** trade in!
**2nd Tier = All Other Lyra Models
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Sharing its name with Sicilys majestic Mount Etna, the Lyra Etna MC Cartridge is an impressive monument in its own right, one that melds tried and true Lyra design tenets with designer Jonathan Carrs very latest thinking on phono cartridges.
The Lyra Etna MC Cartridges center structure is solid titanium, but unlike the renowned flagship Atlas (and the Titan i before it) this central core is surrounded by an outer body that is machined from highly-polished aircraft-grade aluminum and anodized with a sexy black finish. The two pieces are press-fitted with resonance control rods and stainless steel screw bushings in a multi-material approach that is similar to the Skalas two-piece blade structure construction, but much improved in its rigidity and damping characteristics. The advantage of such constrained-layer construction is that no single materials sonic signature defines the sound of the cartridge.
Lyra Etna MC Cartridges asymmetric design employs an offset yoke, a design concept first brought to fruition in the flagship Atlas. By offsetting the front magnet carrier so that it is not in line with the cantilever assembly, a direct path is established between the cantilever assembly and the tonearms headshell. Vibrations are quickly drained away once converted to electrical signals, effectively suppressing any induced resonances that would otherwise manifest as sonic coloration.
Lyra remains the only cartridge manufacturer to mount the cantilever directly into the cartridge body, which results in a seamless, totally rigid connection between the cantilever assembly and headshell. The cantilever is diamond-coated boron, tipped with a slot-mounted nude line-contact diamond stylus.
The Lyra Etna MC Cartridge retains the X-shaped coil formers first unveiled in the flagship Atlas. Compared to traditional square coil formers, the X-shape allows each channel to operate with greater autonomy from one another, increasing tracking consistency and channel matching while also improving channel separation due to the decrease in crosstalk. Lyras new angle technology pre-biases the signal coils so they are perfectly aligned to the front and rear magnets during LP playback, which allows the coils to move optimally in all directions for superior, distortion-free playback.
While Etna is second from the top in Lyras line, one listen will demonstrate that this cartridges performance would define the very top of any other cartridge line. Atlas has a very refined, elegant and voluptuous sound while Etnas personality is more outgoing. We truly believe that choosing between these two exceptional performers will come down to ones tastes and the system in which it will live. For many customers Etna will be ideal and become their preferred Lyra.
"The Etna is one of the new breed of harmonically enriched, full-bodied, yet ultra-detailed and natural-sounding cartridges. The Etna rode silently in the groove, effectively rejecting any defects that normally produce impulse or constant noise. One of the most neutral yet enticing-sounding cartridges I've ever heard, it's also one I can recommend for any system and for any musical taste!" Michael Fremer, Stereophile Magazine
"The Atlas may be Johnathan Carr's finest achievement to date... but considering its lower price, the Etna may be his greatest!" Michael Fremer, Stereophile Magazine
Type: Medium weight, medium compliance, low-impedance moving coil cartridge
Stylus: Lyra-designed long-footprint variable-radius line-contact nude diamond (3µm×70µm), slot-mounted
Cantilever system: Diamond-coated solid boron rod with short one-point wire suspension, directly mounted into cartridge body via high pressure knife-edge system
Coils: 2-layer deep, 6 N high-purity copper, chemically-purified high-purity iron cross-shaped former, 4.2 ohm self-impedance, 11µH inductance
Output voltage: 0.56 mV@5 cm/sec., zero to peak, 45 degrees (CBS test record, other test records may alter results)
Frequency range: 10 Hz~50 kHz
Channel separation: 35 dB or better at 1 kHz
Compliance: Approx. 12×10 cm/dyne at 100 Hz
Vertical tracking angle: 20 degrees
Cartridge mounting screws: 2.6 mm 0.45 pitch JIS standard
Cartridge weight (without stylus cover): 9.2 g
Distance from mounting holes to stylus tip: 9.5 mm
Recommended tracking force: 1.65~1.75 g (1.72 g recommended)