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It seems that Lyra have increased their prices across the board...with the top models moving up more! I suspect this may be due to a possible introduction of a replacement for the Skala...which would need to be positioned away from the Kleos and yet not that close to the Etna...resulting in this pricing strategy. IMHO, this marketing strategy is possibly faulty, but then I’m not the importer, LOL.
Both great choices....non better in my opinion. To THESE ears, the Atlas is perfect in everything...the Etna a weeee bit less. But a bit more musical for me. Your arm and table are perfect for either. Remember Heifitz always played one note wrong (or slightly out of tune) because he said only God is perfect.
What is a Superscout, do you mean Super Scoutmaster with the 3D arm? If so I do not believe you could outclass the table arm combo with any cart as long as it fell within the parameters of the design goals of said arm and the Lyras all seem to mate well with VPI in general. Some other choices you might want to consider that I have had great success with the 3D arm are the Dynavector DRT XV1S, ZYX Universe X and if you can find one a Miyabi Standard.
Yesterday, I was discussing with my local Lyra dealer the pricing of the Lyra cartridges. The Etna is now $9K and the Atlas is $12K...while the Delos is $2K. The dealer told me that the Etna was easily worth the price increase due to the cartridges sonic ability. He was quite convinced that the price was reasonable considering that these cartridges are hand made..and one at a time. Unfortunately, he was unable..or unwilling to demo the cartridges. The Delos is apparently the sweet spot in the line, with them flying off the shelf as soon as they appear in the shop! Apparently, the Kleos is not in such high demand, but if one wants one, the wait time is still several months!
Luckily, I think that there are some cartridges that are supposedly coming available that will make these Lyra’s look like chump change..
a starting price of $400K and topping out at $7Million!
Oh, I forgot that is five years from now;0) The Lyra J.Carr signature editions....LOL!!!