Without being able to measure the response, are you sure that you are finding the Lyra better meets the loading of your phono input? You might want to explore both capacitive and resistance loadings on your cartridges to determine if, for example, you can make your older cartridge sound more like the Lyric. From my own experience with moving coil cartridges over the years, getting extended flat frequency response without any/much high frequency peaking below 20-25k seem to be a key to "more realistic" sound, including kettle drums and cymbals.
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@rauliruegas , I hope you did not take my Mexican comment seriously. But, to get a French Cab better than Say a Duckhorn or Rombauer you would have to spend a fortune. For most people the above wines are a fortune. The problem for us is much of the best French wines stay in France. We shall see as the wife and I are going to cycle through Provence next Summer. And, buy the way, everything the French know they were taught by the Italians and my absolute favorite wine is the Antenori Tignanello. I do not think you can touch a bottle for less than $125 now.
Digital rules, but analog is fun (if you have the money.)
As for our ears I disagree with that analogy. Yes, the individual hair cells are an on or off proposition. Each one contributes to a voltage. The Voltages are added up to make an analog wave form. They do not trigger a one or a two. If anything it is more similar to pulse width modulation.
@dover , Speak for yourself. I can listen to a fax tone for hours:-)
nothing personal regarding my dropping out of this discussion.
i simply do not see the value to me in this thread. unfortunately a frequent Audiogon experience. and honestly the Audiogon interface is very frustrating to navigate compared to any other forum. too much noise, not enough signal, to hold my attention.
"But the apex of lunacy arrived when he advertised a "real" Dynavector Karat Nova 13D here on audiogon with the cartridge mounted in the unique headshell upside down."
When it comes to audio ingenuity often goes hand in hand with innovation.
Unfortunately, most of the time, not always successfully.
i simply do not see the value to me in this thread.
Well, these 'what's best' questions have never once led to a definitive answer in my opinion.
If only they did, wouldn't life be so much simpler?
I remember back in the day when there were only 3 turntables to consider, only 3 amps to bother with, and just half a dozen speakers.
Or so I was led to believe, until eventually it all turned out to be opiniated rubbish of course.
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