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  • Model: Lyra Titani
  • Shipping Weight: 0.5kg

The Titan i represents the culmination of Jonathan Carr's fourth generation designs. The entire main structure is machined from a single piece of titanium alloy, which has been curved and shaped in a manner calculated to minimize any potential standing waves, internal reflections or resonances.

This microscopic attention to detail has been extended to the interior body structures, which are too intricate to be formed by mechanical means. A process known as electrical discharge machining is used, not only because of its ability to fashion complex shapes, but also because it is a non-contact process, and therefore does not create any mechanical stresses in the machined structure. The superior rigidity afforded by the Titan i's solid, intricate, low-resonance body construction helps create a clearly defined reference pivot for the cantilever, which improves the conversion accuracy of mechanical vibrations into electrical signals.

A rigid titanium body also creates an efficient path for the vibrations from the stylus to be channeled away from the critical signal generator area and into the tonearm, where this energy can be dissipated effectively. The particular titanium alloy used has been chosen specifically for its low-level of self-resonances and advantageous sonic properties.

Designer: Jonathan Carr

Builder: Yoshinori Mishima

Type: Medium weight, medium compliance, low-impedance moving coil cartridge

Stylus: Lyra-designed long-footprint variable-radius line-contact nude diamond (3um x 70um), slot-mounted

Cantilever system: Diamond-coated solid boron rod with short one-point wire suspension, directly mounted into cartridge body via high-pressure knife-edge system

Coils: 2-layer deep, 6N high-purity copper, square-shaped chemically-purified high-purity iron former, 5.4ohm self-impedance, 8.8uH inductance

Output voltage: 0.5mV@5cm/sec., zero to peak, 45 degrees (CBS test record, other test records may alter results)

Frequency range: 10Hz ~ 50kHz

Channel separation: 35dB or better at 1kHz

Compliance: Approx. 12 x 10-6cm/dyne at 100Hz

Vertical tracking angle: 20 degrees

Cartridge body: One-piece machining from solid titanium billet, with non-parallel shaping, and body threaded directly for mounting screws

Cartridge mounting screws: 2.6mm 0.45 pitch JIS standard

Distance from mounting holes to stylus tip: 9.5mm

Cartridge weight (without stylus cover): 10.5g

Recommended tracking force: 1.65 ~ 1.75g

Recommended load directly into MC phono input: 95.3ohm ~ 816ohm (determine by listening)

Recommended load via step-up transformer: 5 ~ 15ohm (step-up transformer's output must be connected to 10kohm ~ 47kohm MM-level RIAA input, preferably via short, low-capacitance cable)

Recommended tonearms: High-quality pivoted or linear (tangential) tonearms with rigid bearing(s), adjustable anti-skating force, preferably VTA adjustment


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