Anyone using a Lyra on a VPI table?
You CANNOT possibly be serious with this question.
I have heard the Kleos on an Aries 3 and it sounded magnificent. I run a Helikon or a Delos on my Aries 2, having done so for years now, and, after trying Koetsu, van den Hull, Benz Micro and Shelters on this rig, would not even consider changing cartridge manufacturers; the match up between Lyras and VPI's unipivot arms is superb.
I have used three different Lyras with my Aries 3 / JMW 10.5: Skala, Helikon and Helikon mono. All have performed splendidly. No sibilance problems whatsoever. In fact I would say it's quite the opposite. The performance is outstanding in this area.
Take note of those who reported that these are not a good match and be sure to ignore them going forward.
I'm staying with the VPI line because of my investment in these transferable upgrades: Classic Aluminum Platter and Bearing, Periphery Ring Clamp, HR-X Stainless Steel Center Weight, and SDS Motor Drive.
I'm trading my Scoutmaster as stock and keeping the upgrades.
Maybe my next table will be from a different manufacturer.
I really like the Ring Clamp for warped records. The SDS drive is easy to use & is a great antidote for the crappy power in this area.
Maxh - you are making the right move to stick with VPI. The Aries 3 was a significant upgrade from my Aries 1, so the suggestions that their tables went downhill after the Aries 1 is more advice you should ignore.
The Lyras are great too. I could not be happier with what I hear from my Skala on my Aries 3. I am sure you will be thrilled with the Kleos as well.
Maxh, Harry will always love you. I think Harry makes some great products, I own a few, and that his business model has made him a wealthy man. However, I don't think he makes the best sound for the buck. A good illustration of this is the 'periphery ring', grossly over priced and technical inferior to the same type product made by TT Wrights. I think Harry's worst disaster was the 'rim drive', technically a step back, overpriced and hard to service. Thank goodness he has moved on with more reasonable priced products.