The coil former is a square permeable plate oriented parallel to the record surface rather than the degree angle used for most stereo cartridges, while the coils are wound so that they only generate a signal when there is horizontal movement of the stylus and cantilever when tracking a record.
Two totally separate monaural coils are used in the Atlas Mono, since most monaural cartridges are used with stereo amplifiers and stereo speakers. The separate coils also help avoid possible ground loops and hum problems that could otherwise be caused if a single coil is fed into a stereo two-channel amplification system, thereby tying the two channels together electrically. In addition to parallel mono connection to a stereo system two amplifiers and two speakers , it is also possible to leave one set of connections unattached for pure mono playback with a single amplifier and a single speaker.
However, it is also possible to connect the two mono channels in series for additional output when used in a pure mono system. The protrusion holds the front magnet carrier and its mounting system off to the side to allow a direct, solid path between the cantilever assembly and the tonearm's headshell, so that vibrations from the cantilever can be quickly drained away after being converted into electrical signals, again suppressing resonances.
Another departure from the Titan design and indeed from the design of the discontinued Olympos is revision of the cantilever-assembly mounting structure to increase rigidity. Additionally the former of the signal coil system is in the shape of an X rather than a square, which Lyra says allows each channel to operate with greater independence, giving better tracking, tighter channel matching, improved separation and lower crosstalk distortion.
The Atlas has an output voltage of 0. In the past, Lyra would recommend a load of ohms to 47K ohms, which of course covered the entire waterfront.
Jonathan Carr has now constructed a detailed table, published in the instructions, helping you to calculate the ideal load based on the total capacitance, including the tonearm cable.
The range of these options is quite small -- between ohms and ohms. Thus, unless you have a phono stage with infinite loading adjustment, there will only be a few choices. Rounding off, the Audio Research Reference Phono 2SE has only four choices in that ballpark , , and ohms. I could have determined the capacitance of the Nordost wire in my tonearm and calculated the ideal setting, but instead I followed the recommendation of Joe Harley of AudioQuest Lyra's US distributor , who suggested loading at either or ohms.
Joe uses the same phono stage that I use, and comparative listening confirmed my preference for the ohm setting. The instruction sheet recommends that tracking force not deviate beyond the tight range of 1.
This is the same recommendation that Lyra has made for its cartridges for some time, but Joe Harley advised me that the Atlas was happiest with 1. In the past, dialing in tracking force with such precision on my VPI tonearms was excruciating, because adjusting azimuth can alter the tracking-force setting.
Examples of the last three are still in-house. For the money, the Titan i seemed pretty unbeatable, although it had been around long enough that other cartridges were matching or even exceeding it in some areas. Then my heart sank when I learned that the new Atlas was priced at almost twice the cost of a new Titan i. No way could it be good enough to justify that kind of money. Was I wrong. The Atlas, like most cartridges, needs about 20 hours to settle in and perhaps 50 hours to be considered broken in.
But fresh out of the box this cartridge clearly improved on the Titan i in every respect. However, it is also possible to connect the two mono channels in series for additional output when used in a pure mono system. Use a short cartridge headshell lead wire with female pin-connectors to connect either the Atlas Mono's upper right pin with the lower left pin, or alternatively the upper left pin with the lower right pin.
Then use the two remaining unused pins for connection to your single amp RIAA input alternatively a transformer input. The two internal channels are now "chained" in serial-connection for additional output and energy when you only use a single amplifier and a single speaker. Return To Shop. I agree with the terms and conditions. Our Showroom is Open! For specific product listening , we require an appointment. Items marked "on demonstration" are available in our store for audition.
Yes, the most fantastic recordings reveal buried sonic treasures. Still, the Atlas does an equally great job with normal pressings. The CD is highly compressed, and the LP not much better. Enter the Atlas, which pulls every molecule of detail from the grooves while making an otherwise harsh-sounding record enjoyable.
And the Kleos proves no slouch in this area, either. Think of the aforementioned effects as akin to a Formula 1 car coming in for a pit stop. The best drivers hit their marks exactly, while the lesser guys miss the stop by as much as a foot. Not life or death. While an F1 championship is certainly not on the line while spinning records, the more precisely a stylus can follow the groove, the more accurately the music is rendered, and, the lower the wear is on records.
Unlike a Ferrari that you will only want to take out of the garage on a sunny day, you will want to use the Atlas as a daily driver. Doing so invokes the dreaded subject of cartridge life. Since the company believes that keeping records meticulously clean and paying close attention to the stylus extends life, Lyra includes necessary tools, a stylus brush, LPT stylus treatment with the Atlas.
In addition, lowering the cartridge on to the record as gently as possible dramatically extends cartridge life and puts minimal wear on the delicate suspension. In a perfect world, the Atlas might last 2, hours, give or take a few. So, if you listen to three albums a day, every day of the week, the Atlas will last about four years.
How many audiophiles keep anything for four years? They offer high performance at a much lower cost, with all the same tonal qualities that make the Atlas and the Titan i stellar.
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