Haven't heard the Dorian but own the Lydian and they say the Dorian is an improvement. I think the Lydian is a very detailed and open cartridge and covers the full range with a great deal of finesse for the price.
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I switched/upgraded from a Clearaudio Virtuoso to the Lyra Dorian about 2 weeks ago. I also upgraded my ARC PH2 to the new ARC PH5 at the same time. I don't like changing more than one component at a time in my system but ended up doing so anyway. My turntable is a Nottingham Spacedeck with a Mystic Mat and I am using a 10 inch thick Boos hard maple butcher block in place of the Nottingham Plinth.
To summarize in the beginning, I am pretty much blown away by the Dorian and ARC PH5. How much of the improvement is attributed to the Dorian and how much is the PH5 is a bit harder to determine. Air, detail, rhythm and pacing have all improved considerably. I was quite happy with my turntable before, but musicality is even better now. There appears to be good synergy between the Nottingham and Lyra Dorian. There is a British Audio dealer on the Web who talks about Lyra / Nottingham synergy on his web site. My bass is tighter and the noise floor of the Dorian is way lower than the Virtuoso. The previous poster is definitely correct on this point. The Virtuoso had me obsessing on cleaning records, those same records sound pristine now with the Dorian. The Dorian has a very clean sound.
In my system, the Dorian was a total winner. My only question now is whether or not I will eventually upgrade to the Helikon. Whatever happens, I feel like I will be sticking with Lyra cartridges from now on, I like the house sound I guess.
Good luck with your search for a cartridge for your VPI.