The Lyra Titan i is Lyra's all-out, no compromise reference cartridge. All Lyra cartridges are designed by Jonathan Carr in collaboration with Yoshinori Mishima, and manufactured by Lyra in Japan. Yoshinori personally checks and fine-tunes every Titan before it is shipped.
The Titan's magnets are made of a new neodymium compound that is the most powerful magnetic material in the world. The improvements to the magnetic field result in more accurate conversion of mechanical vibrations into electrical signals; in other words, lower distortion. At the same time, this allows the coils and cantilever to move more freely, leading to improved low level resolution and better tracking abilities, particularly at low vertical tracking forces.
The body is machined from a single piece of titanium alloy, chosen specifically for its low-level of self-resonance and advantageous sonic properties, and which has been curved and shaped in a manner calculated to minimize standing waves and internal reflections and resonance.
The Titan is fully nude, with a body shape that has been designed to minimize cavity resonance, and also minimize the presence of conductive materials in the vicinity of the magnetic gap and signal generator coils.
The stylus is a Lyra-designed line-contact, extraordinary at tracking and detail retrieval, yet offering ultra-low levels of groove wear, a superb signal-noise ratio, and a dramatic reduction in the audibility of groove damage.
The cantilever consists of a solid boron core, an outer diamond layer, and an additional reinforcement metal jacket, yielding a combination of low mass, high stiffness and low internal resonance, thereby minimising the audibility of groove damage and improving the perceived signal-noise ratio, even on worn records.
The 5.5-ohm low-impedance signal coils are wound from high-purity copper over a chemically-refined high-purity iron core, which has been gold-plated to reduce eddy currents and thereby minimize distortion. The impedance characteristics remain flat far beyond the audible range, and the use of high-purity materials reduces both measured and audible distortions.
The signal output pins of the Titan are plated with rhodium, a highly conductive yet tough material that, unlike gold, will stay intact and retain its superior conductivity, even over repeated cartridge installations.
And how does all this technology sound? To quote Harry Pearson, of The Absolute Sound, "almost sensually orgasmic."
Titan i Specifications
Frequency range: 10 Hz - 50 kHz
Cantilever system: Diamond coated boron rod cantilever, and natural diamond, Ogura-manufactured, LYRA original line-contact stylus (3 x 70 micrometers profile).
Channel separation: 35 dB or better at 1kHz
Internal impedance: 5.5 ohms
Output voltage: 0.5 mV (5.0cm/sec., zero to peak, 45 degrees)
Cartridge weight (without stylus cover): 10.5 g
Compliance: Approx. 12 x 10-6 cm/dyne at 100Hz
Centerline through mounting holes to stylus tip: 9.5 mm
Recommended tracking force: 1.6 - 1.75 g