Very interesting. I heard, that the new Skala does a few things very different than the Lyras before. Do you think, it is based on it's plastic body only?
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Hard to say if it's the plastic. Maybe it absorbs some resonances...maybe it tranmits vibs better. Anyway, I'm listening to it now. It's really is a wonderful cartridge.
It's the warmth that's different. I've owned a lydian b and a helicon. Both were great..but I longed for something...this one hit's it in the mids just right for me. While improving on all the lyra strengths...detail, imaging...etc...
I just happened upon your review of your Skala cart. Thanks for a nice job and highlighting the differences you heard in comparison to the Helikon.
As a former owner of the Helikon and now owner of the newer Argo i..I can say that it may be that the new updated design such as the Skala and Argo i offer more warmth and dynamics, while keeping the wonderful Lyra virtues of speed, transparency and Air..I never heard bass so well defined and deep with my old Helikon as I do with the Argo i. I can well imagine that your Skala goes well beyond what my Argo i does in those areas.
The Helikon is indeed a very nice cart and in the right system will reward greatly..but no doubt the new designs from Lyra are just getting better in a few key areas of performance.
BTW..Your system is just beautiful. Congratulations!
Thanks for an excellent review of the Skala. Your review was partly instrumental in my upgrade from a Helikon to a Skala. The Skala is a little over a month old and I suppose has some way to go before break in. It clearly is a superior cartridge compared to the Helikon. It has all the attributes of the Helikon including bottom end slam with smoother and a warmer high. With my current favorite LP - Shelby Lynne - Just a little bit of lovein, I am in vinyl heaven.
Cheers and Happy listening