Lyra Skala


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Quick Overview

The Skala is the first of LYRA designer Jonathan Carr's 5th-generation cartridge designs. The Skala is a thoroughbred design focused on delivering pure performance.


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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.

Technical Specification

TypeLow-impedance, low-output, medium compliance moving coil
Frequency range10 Hz to 50 kHz
Channel separation35 dB or better at 1 kHz
Cantilever systemSolid boron rod with Lyra original natural diamond line-contact stylus (3 x 70 micrometres profile)
Internal impedance5.5 Ohms
Output voltage0.5 mV (5.0 cm/second, zero to peak, 45 degrees)
Cartridge weight9 g without stylus cover
ComplianceApprox 12 x 10-6 cm/dyne at 100 Hz
Recommended tracking force1.65 to 1.75 g
Recommended load into phono stage or head amp100 Ohms to 47 kOhms (best value determined by listening)
Recommended load into step-up transformerless than 10 Ohms

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