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The Lyra Atlas SL is a special version of the standard Atlas, but with a single layer (hence, the “SL” designation) of coils, resulting in lower mass.
Lyra describes the SL series as follows:
For expert users with very high-gain, extra low noise phono stages, or alternatively a step-up transformer designed for phono cartridges of 2 – 3 ohms or less… [It] may provide extra pure and pristine sound from an audio system that is optimised for a low-impedance, low-output cartridge. However, this may be accompanied with a lesser level of energy and power.
If weight of sound and dynamics are your priorities, go for the non-SL version. But if high resolution and speed are what you’re seeking, and you’ve got a suitable phono stage or step-up transformer, the SL version may be ideal.
TypeMedium weight, medium compliance, low-impedance, low-output moving coil cartridgeStylusLyra-designed long-footprint variable-radius line-contact nude diamond (3um x 70um profile, block dimensions 0.08 x 0.12 x 0.5mm), slot-mountedCantileverDiamond-coated solid boron rod with short one-point wire suspension, directly mounted into cartridge body via high-pressure knife-edge systemCoils2-layer deep, 6 N high-purity copper, chemically-purified high purity iron X-shaped former, 1.52 Ohms internal impedance, 1.9μH inductanceOutput0.25 mV@5 cm/secFrequency range10 Hz-50 kHzChannel separation35 dB or better at 1 kHzComplianceApprox 12 X10 cm/dyne at 100 HzVertical tracking angle20 degreesCartridge bodyOne-piece machining from solid titanium billet, with reduced-surface higher-pressure headshell contact area, predominately non-parallel and asymmetrical shaping, phase-interference resonance-controlling mechanism, and body threaded directly for mounting screwsDistance from mounting holes to stylus tip9.52 mmCartridge weight (without stylus cover)11.6 gRecommended tracking force1.65 ~ 1.78g (1.72g recommended)Recommended load directly into MC phono inputDetermine by listeningRecommended load via step-up transformerStep-up transformer designed for 2 - 3 Ohms cartridge impedance; the transformer output must be connected to standard 47 kohm MM-level RIAA input, preferably via short, low-capacitance cable
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