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Lyra's Etna phono cartridge has dethroned the top-rated mutliple-award-winning Titan. And this is no easy feat! Etna uses unique engineering to remove resonance. Not reduce it. Remove it completely. Everything is upgraded in Etna. Literally. Yes, it's a big step up in price, but one that yields gains in transparency, the removal of distortion, and remarkable accuracy. Its all modern design principles at work; allowing the focus to be placed on the music buried in the grooves of your records. This is simply a work of art. A musical instrument. And the ultimate MC cartridge.
"The [Lyra] 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, March 2014
Etna's center structure is solid titanium, but unlike the 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 brilliant 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 Skala's 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 material's sonic signature defines the sound of the cartridge.
"The [$9,500] Atlas may be Johnathan Carr's finest achievement to date...but considering its lower price, the Etna may be his greatest!"
– Michael Fremer, Stereophile
Etna's asymmetric design employs an offset yoke. 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 tonearm's headshell. Vibrations are quickly drained away once converted to electrical signals, effectively suppressing any induced resonances that would otherwise manifest as sonic coloration.
Etna retains the X-shaped coil formers from 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. Lyra's 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
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
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)
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