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Lyra Skala Moving Coil Phono Cartridge
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Lyra Skala Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

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Lyra Skala Moving Coil Cartridge



The Skala is the first of LYRA designer Jonathan Carr's 5th-generation cartridge designs. At first sight the Skala appears to be made entirely of plastic, one of our distributors has even described it as a “formless white plastic blob”! However, we don't mind (not too much, anyway). The Skala is a thoroughbred design focused on delivering pure performance.

Close inspection of the Skala gradually reveals a central structure consisting of a vertical metal blade that carries the cantilever system, the magnets and the output pins, i.e. the entire functional core of the cartridge. The blade is clamped against the tonearm headshell by an outer white plastic base into which are drilled the mounting screw holes. Looking from the rear, you can see that the vertical blade passes right through the base and makes direct contact with the headshell. Since the cantilever system is also mounted directly to the blade, the cantilever has in effect a seamless connection path to the tonearm.

The metal blade of the Skala in effect functions without the resonant carapace of a traditional shell, in addition to being “nude” like the other Lyra designs.

The small contact “footprint” of the blade focuses the force imparted by the mounting screws, creating a high-pressure contact area which forms a more rigid bond between Skala and tonearm headshell than the larger mounting surface of a conventional cartridge could provide. The white plastic base forces the vertical metal blade of the Skala against the tonearm's headshell, and serves to constrain and damp resonances in the blade, and to reduce conductive material in the total body structure reducing eddy currents.




- Type: Moving Coil, low-impedance, low-output, medium compliance

- Output voltage using CBS STR-100 standard @5.0cm/sec: 0.5mV

- Frequency response: 10Hz - 50kHz

- Channel separation @ 1kHz: >35dB

- Diamond stylus: 3 x 70µm Ogura PA line contact

- Magnet(s): Dual disk neodymium

- Square bobbin: 5N iron core & 6N copper coils

- Cantilever: Solid boron circular rod

- Recommended tracking force: 1.65 - 1.75 grams

- Dynamic compliance @100 Hz: 12 x 10-6 cm/dyn

- Internal impedance: 5.5 ohms

- Recommended load impedance Preamp direct: 100 ohms - 47 k ohms

- Weight: 9g


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