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Lyra Skala Low Output MC Cartridge - Hi-Fi Centre

Lyra Skala Low Output MC Cartridge

SKU: SkalaLyra
$6,495.00
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Product Description

Please Note: Delivery of this product is 4-6 months from date of order. The Skala is the first of LYRA designer Jonathan Carr’s 5th-generation cartridge designs. At first sight the Skala appears to be made entirely of plastic, one of our distributors has even described it as a “formless white plastic blob!” However, we don’t mind (not too much, anyway). The Skala is a thoroughbred design focused on delivering pure performance. Close inspection of the Skala gradually reveals a central structure consisting of a vertical metal blade that carries the cantilever system, the magnets and the output pins, i.e. the entire functional core of the cartridge. The blade is clamped against the tonearm headshell by an outer white plastic base into which are drilled the mounting screw holes. Looking from the rear, you can see that the vertical blade passes right through the base and makes direct contact with the headshell. Since the cantilever system is also mounted directly to the blade, the cantilever has, in effect, a seamless connection path to the tonearm. The metal blade of the Skala in effect functions without the resonant carapace of a traditional shell, in addition to being “nude” like the other Lyra designs. The small contact “footprint” of the blade focuses the force imparted by the mounting screws, creating a high-pressure contact area which forms a more rigid bond between Skala and tonearm headshell than the larger mounting surface of a conventional cartridge could provide. The white plastic base forces the vertical metal blade of the Skala against the tonearm’s headshell, and serves to constrain and damp resonances in the blade, and to reduce conductive material in the total body structure reducing eddy currents. Although the plastic base is pretty much flush with the metal blade where contact is made with the headshell, the plastic will compress under pressure, while the blade will not. This allows a limited degree of azimuth adjustment to be made by the careful application of different amounts of torque to left and right mounting screws. Extreme care should be taken to tighten both mounting screws gradually and evenly, a little at a time. Over cranking one screw and then doing the same for the other could result in an unintentional change to the azimuth. The drilled holes in the plastic body are themselves lined with metal jackets to receive the mounting screws securely. The magnetic system in the Skala is the same non-polepiece twin-disc direct-magnet system also used in most other LYRA models. However the body shape has been even more heavily carved away in the area of the magnet than any previous model– even more than on the Titan. This results in fewer eddy currents in a very sensitive area of the cartridge. New elements are a new non-conductive and non-magnetic front magnet carrier, a new cantilever system, a new output pin design, and a new output-pin carrier. The stylus guard is the same grooved slide-on type that has proven so successful on the other LYRA models.

Shipping

All orders are processed within 48 hours from date of order.

We offer Free Ground Shipping on all orders regardless of size.  

  • If you would like to receive your order quicker you can request Express shipping during Check-Out in the Comments section.  Additional charges will apply.
  • In-stock items are shipped from our Vancouver warehouse and will reach major Canadian cities in 5-7 business days.
  • Items not in stock will either ship from one of our manufacturer partners' warehouses or in rare cases first must be sent to Vancouver and then to you.  
    • If the expected arrival to you will be more than 7 business days you will be notified by email and at that point you will have the option to proceed or if you cannot wait then order can be cancelled.

Returns Policy 

We will gladly:

  • (a) exchange a product that is not special ordered, or shipped from one of our partner warehouses, for a new product of equal value (product purchased must be unopened)
  • (b) exchange a product if it is defective or damaged for the same product

within 15 days after the product has been delivered to you.

Returns for refund are not accepted.

For an exchange, you must notify us by email at info@hificentre.com. We will acknowledge receipt of your email by reply and assist you in returning the product as identified below. Make sure to send and have your return package post marked within the 15 days after the product has been delivered to you.

Exceptions:

  • Headphones may not be returned or exchanged for any reason, only defective units will be replaced for the same model
  • Items that have been opened may not be returned

Cancellations:

Notwithstanding the foregoing, you may cancel an order if the product is not delivered to the delivery address on your order form within 30 days of the date your order is accepted.

To cancel, you must notify us by email at info@hificentre.com. We will acknowledge receipt of your email and process the cancellation.

Returns Packaging:

Products returning for exchange must be unused and in their sealed, original factory packaging.

Buyer is responsible for return shipping costs.

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