Lyra Kleos MC Cartridge - The Latest Generation of Lyra Reference Design!
Warmer and More Natural Sounding Than the Helikon with Even Better Detail Retrieval! Expect to be Reading a lot About the New Kleos!
Designed as the replacement for the much lauded and respected Helikon, the Lyra Kleos enters some very prestigious company; Lyra's original Tsurugi (1986), Clavis (1991), Clavis DC (1995) and the much vaunted Helikon (1999). Building on experience gleaned during the decade long run of the Helikon, Lyra cartridge designer Jonathan Carr's latest design incorporates decades of truly high-end audio experience to create a cartridge that is smooth, detailed and rich. Superior overall to its predecessors, the Kleos will surely impress analog lovers from all over the world! Our highest recommendation!
"The Lyra Kleos was able to handle any record that I threw at it. [It] is so transparent, its transient response so quick, its background supernaturally quiet, that its sound seemed to only be limited by the recording it was reproducing. After listening to the Lyra Kleos in my system for nearly two months, an improvement in sound is just about unimaginable. Bravo, Lyra!?
- Tom Lyle, Enjoy the Music, April 2010
Kleos "New Angle" Geometry
There are several unique features in the Kleos, but the most revolutionary is the angle of the cantilever. Virtually every other suspension on the market centers the cantilever in the generating mechanism when the cartridge is at rest, which inevitably leads to distortion and loss of resolution when the cartridge is lowered to the playing surface. The Kleos has the "New Angle" suspension system which completely aligns the cantilever, coils and the main cartridge structure. Similar to the way a car suspension extends fully when raised on a lift and pre-loads when returned to the ground, this unique suspension arrangement tilts the cantilever when it is in the rest position but achieves a perfect geometrical relation of all the generating elements once the stylus is lowered to the record. This is a remarkable achievement and is in no small way essential to the jaw-dropping performance of the Kleos.
Kleos Sonic Performance
Some sonic aspects of Kleos will be familiar to previous Helikon owners, others will be an ear-opening experience. Like the Helikon, the Kleos is lightning fast, with outstanding speed and dynamics. Soundstaging and imaging are first-rate, theKleos able to delve deeper into a recording than the Helikon and retrieve more detail. Thanks to the new coil alignment, Kleos is a superb tracker, offering a smoother overall tonal balance, with greater spectral content at both extremes. Voiced warmer than the Helikon, the Kleos serves up an ultra-smooth midrange, with a graceful and extended top end. The Kleosnever sounds warmed over, simply warmer. Shockingly quiet, Kleos has a much lower noise floor than previous Lyradesigns, delivering a substantial increase in perceived gain and resolution.
Kleos Stylus and Cantilever
The Kleos is the least expensive cartridge to ever receive Lyra's Ogura manufactured boron cantilever and "New Angle" coil system. This extraordinary system is normally reserved for Lyra's top-line cartridges. The low mass, line-contact stylus(3x75µm) rides lower in the groove, revealing greater detail with an incredibly low noise floor. The cartridge pins are platinum plated for outstanding durability and conductivity.
Kleos Main Body
The Kleos main body is massive, made of an advanced duraluminum, an aircraft grade aluminum alloy with a beautiful plated finish normally reserved for ultra-expensive camera equipment. The Kleos has a raised contact path across the mounting hole that concentrates the contact force of the cartridge to the headshell for increased energy transfer. When viewed from the rear, the Kleos has two distinctive cylindrical inserts, press-fit into the mounting block. These specially tuned heavy metal elements provide an enormous level of damping and resonance suppression, eliminating standing waves within the chassis of the cartridge. This particular combination of materials was chosen after extensive listening tests and testing. One of the very best reference-level phono cartridges!
Type: Moving Coil, coil and flux field centered design
- Output voltage: 0.5mV
- Frequency response: 10Hz - 50kHz
- Channel separation: >35dB
- Diamond stylus: 3x75µm Lyra designed Ogura long footprint Line Contact
- Overhang Alignment: 0.12mm Locator Hole Precisely Aligned over Stylus Tip
- Magnet(s): Dual disk neodymium
- Coil Former: 5N iron core & 6N copper coils
- Cantilever: 0.3mm Diameter Ogura Solid Boron Rod
- Tracking force: 1.7 - 1.8 grams (1.75 Optimum)
- Dynamic compliance: 12 x 10-6 cm/dyn
- Internal impedance: 5.4 ohms
- Inductance: 9.0 uH
- Recommended Impedance: 91 - 47kOhms
- Weight: 8.8g
- Other Features:
Machined 7055 Duralumin structure
Direct Flux - Dual Disk - Single Point Connection generator system