Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by avanti1960, Apr 2, 2021.
When I owned a Technics I dont remember seeing that screw! Must be a real pain to adjust with any accuracy.
Maybe this will clarify. I'm using a Lyra Delos and a Dynavector XX2 Mk2 at the moment. Physically, the Delos is somewhat easier to view compared to the XX2 (consistent with what you said). However, the sweetspot for getting azimuth correct seems a lot smaller on the Delos than the XX2, whether setting by ear or by software. I attribute this to be why many say the Delos is more finicky. Or I guess you could say the XX2 is more forgiving. In any case, once you get used to it, set up gets easier.
What looks spot on at 5x, may be off at 10x. Ask my how I know. LOL.
Ouch. So you have to loosen, rotate slightly to adjust azimuth, and then tighten? May make repeatable azimuth adjustments difficult.
Are we sure this is how Azimuth is actually adjusted??
With jelco headshells it's the same mechanism, so probably.
Yes, this is how you adjust azimuth on a Technics headshell. It is not as difficult as it looks.
The headshell is removable, you check azimuth, you remove the headshell, turn the screw slightly, rotate, insert headshell back, check azimuth again.
It took me 5 minutes the first time using a fozgometer.
Yes, simple adjustment, and easy. Feature adds weight, only downside or could be upside, depends on your needs.
Early read on the Delos is that it is a fantastic sounding cartridge.
I have not yet experienced any of the commonly reported issues !
Setup was straight forward.
Tried many resistance options from 100 to 1000 ohms and the differences are more subtle than I thought they would be. Currently running 200 ohms, 1.75 G VTA, top of cartridge dead level with the platter, 58db gain.
No signs of thin sound, tipped up treble or any kind of gremlin really.
Bass is solid, acoustic bass is the most defined of any cartridge I have owned. The sound is warm and full overall. Midrange is uncolored, transparent and ultra refined, no shout or harshness. Treble is smooth yet extended and balanced. Imaging and separation are excellent.
Dynamics are also excellent.
I cannot find anything wrong. Off to a very promisng start!
I will let it play for a fair amount and then compare to my other current and recent cartridges.
Piano also sounds excellent, one my tests. It sounds clear, distinct, sweet and full of bloom. Best cartridge for that too.
I am very happy for you, Tony!
Things can only get better as you put more hours into it and the cartridge breaks in.
Glad the road to analog nirvana is going well so far.....As the Delos breaks in you'll probably want to revisit loading, like I said I bounced around upwards of 2k ohms, above that I did not notice much if any changes. Although in that 250-500 range it's a well noticed range as it seems you found too. At that point it's about what load sounds most accurate to your ears, I bet you end up in the 300 range as the Delos will loosen up and want to bloom more for you, you'll need to let it . 58dB is a nice gain setting, more gain is not mo' betta!!
I figured youd love it!
Great to hear! Your loading settings are pretty close to mine, I think I have a little more gain but obviously that is a personal preference/taste thing. FWIW - my contact at AQ was like adamant that VTF be set within a narrow range of 1.72-1.75G, with the preference being 1.72 as "ideal". Have no idea where he got that from but who knows! Ignore what I just said if you are finding things to sound great where it currently is at, which is what counts!
I think within the last year or so Lyra has adjusted their suggested VTF target from 1.75g to 1.72g, with I think the range going as low as 1.68g.........I have always run it at about 1.73-74g.
any thoughts on how the sound changes at lower VTF?
I have not tried anything lower than 1.72g.....For me the difference between 1.75 and 1.73 is pretty minimal. Everything seems dialed in at 1.73-74g..........My feeling is a lower VTF gets me a slightly smaller soundstage, but that is not saying much as the Delos presents such a wide stage anyhow.
Can't believe you guys are discussing the difference of a couple hundredths of a gram in tracking force. I wonder what JCarr would've recommended back in the day when we only had gizmos like the Shure seesaw to check tracking force
Davey...you beat me to the punch!
to my credit I did acknowledge the absurdity of what AQ directly was telling me
As I said before, we need daily meds......
i just lowered the VTF from 1.75000 to 1.7290001.
the background went from after midnight black to dark side of the moon black
Glad to hear. How do you find it compares with your Ortofon Cadenza Blue or the AT ART-9?
stay tuned, i want more playing time on the lyra. i will rate all 5 including original art9, art9xa, soundsmith mimc star, the ortofon cadenza blue and the lyra.
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