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Hifiworld and the Lyra Titan i

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David Price gives the Titan i 5 globes in the current edition of Hifi-World but the review has me somewhat confused compared to the lab -report . Noel Keywood measure the tracking as poor by modern standards achieving only 45 um( whatever that is Serge ?:?) which is half of what budget designs commonly manage . NK says increasing tracking torce to 2gms improved this figure to 60 um . In fact its tracking performance is poor and will occasionly mistrack on occassions with even increasing the tracking force only moderately improving things.

Is this really good enough on a cart costing £2900 or is tracking not really that important . In all other aspects the Titan scoresvery well .
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The 45 um (micro-metres) refers to the maximum groove modulation (size of the signal) that the cartridge will follow accurately.

It's a rather poor result. :( Most cartridges manage 80um+. Personally I'd be concerned about damaging my vinyl - the stylus bouncing around like that is far from ideal.

Perhaps it was a faulty sample.


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[b]i_should_coco wrote: [/b][quote]The 45 um (micro-metres) refers to the maximum groove modulation (size of the signal) that the cartridge will follow accurately.

It's a rather poor result. :( Most cartridges manage 80uM+. Personally I'd be concerned about damaging my vinyl - the stylus bouncing around like that is far from ideal.

Perhaps it was a faulty sample.


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Yes, I agree. Many even budget cartridges manage 80um, so 45um is pretty poor.

If I've done my sums right, 5cm/sec (0dB) @ 300Hz is apeak displacementof 11um.

So, 80um is 7.27x 11um or 17.something dB

That means that if the cartridge can do >80um it should track the +18dB bands of a test record. It also means that a cartridge giving outa typical 5mV @ 5cm/sec will be giving out 36mV at 80um displacement so your phono stage needs to be able to handle the higher voltage without clipping.

What I'm unsure of, is how the RIAA equalisation on the LP affects velocity, and displacement. As I understand it, low frequencies are constant amplitude, high frequencies are constant velocity, and magnetic pickups are velocity devices, so how all this fits together to provide a performance "envelope" is beyond my grey cells to work out at the moment.

S.
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For £2900 :shock:it shouldn`t have any significantmeasurable,OR non-measurablefaults IMO.

Surely it is a bad/faulty sample, if not they are not going to sell many.
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[b]pmac wrote: [/b][quote]For £2900 :shock:it shouldn`t have any significantmeasurable,OR non-measurablefaults IMO.

Surely it is a bad/faulty sample, if not they are not going to sell many.
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I agree,my Argo(not an i)tracked all three bands and the longish largelast track of the hsf75 without distortion,before I had it retipped.
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Doesn't this also show the total fatuous nature of some if not most magazine reviews. Here is a cartridge that is patently seriously flawed, if not actually broken, and they still give it a 5 blob rating. Any half-decent reviewer would have returned the cartridge and asked for another sample, mentioning this in the review. If the second one performed in a similar fashion, then the cartridge should have been rated accordingly.

What does it take to get a poor review, something that's competely dead? Even then, they'd rate it visually......

S.


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It's been shown on many occasions that just because something measures badly, doesn't mean it sounds bad. There's no easy way to say why this should be.

However... For that sort of money I'd be buying a Koetsu anyway. [img]http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y261/gjm123/smilies/whistling.gif[/img] [img]http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y261/gjm123/smilies/devil.gif[/img]

<ahem> Sorry. Seriously though - does it sound good? If so, then it [i]is[/i] good.
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It's one thing to measure well and still sound good, be he states that the mis-tracking was audible. In light of that, I can only agree with Serge - the 5 star rating is not appropriate.

Personally, I think it *must* be a faulty sample.
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i_should_coco wrote:
[quote]It's one thing to measure well and still sound good, be he states that the mis-tracking was audible. In light of that, I can only agree with Serge - the 5 star rating is not appropriate.

Personally, I think it *must* be a faulty sample.[/quote]
Apologies - didn't read the details thoroughly enough.

Yup - anything at that price producing audible imperfections is not worthy of a 'perfect' score.
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i_should_coco wrote:
[quote]It's one thing to measure well and still sound good, be he states that the mis-tracking was audible. In light of that, I can only agree with Serge - the 5 star rating is not appropriate.

Personally, I think it *must* be a faulty sample.[/quote]

Or a faulty test.

HFW have come out with some strange measurements over the past few years.

I've heard a a couple of Titans and never heard anything remotely approaching distortion or (the infamous) rising top end.

I trust Lyra to build good product more than I trust HFW to use it properly I'm afraid.
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[b]Tune wrote: [/b][quote]i_should_coco wrote:
[quote]It's one thing to measure well and still sound good, be he states that the mis-tracking was audible. In light of that, I can only agree with Serge - the 5 star rating is not appropriate.

Personally, I think it *must* be a faulty sample.[/quote]

Or a faulty test.

HFW have come out with some strange measurements over the past few years.

I've heard a a couple of Titans and never heard anything remotely approaching distortion or (the infamous) rising top end.

I trust Lyra to build good product more than I trust HFW to use it properly I'm afraid.[/quote]
For Lyra, insert company of your choice, e.g.

Amstrad

Hotpoint

Zannusi...

etc.

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Spot on the money with the Argo i, I've never tried the Titan but went through three Helikons (my original, the rebuilt one that came back from Lyra and finally a brand new one), none of which tracked to my satisfaction on difficult material). The Argo i on the other hand tracks like a champ.

Have say, at these numbers it has to be broken, no manufacturer woudl release a cartridge designed to run at that spec.
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[b]pmac wrote: [/b][quote][b]Tune wrote: [/b][quote]i_should_coco wrote:
[quote]It's one thing to measure well and still sound good, be he states that the mis-tracking was audible. In light of that, I can only agree with Serge - the 5 star rating is not appropriate.

Personally, I think it *must* be a faulty sample.[/quote]

Or a faulty test.

HFW have come out with some strange measurements over the past few years.

I've heard a a couple of Titans and never heard anything remotely approaching distortion or (the infamous) rising top end.

I trust Lyra to build good product more than I trust HFW to use it properly I'm afraid.[/quote]
For Lyra, insert company of your choice, e.g.

Amstrad

Hotpoint

Zannusi...

etc.

[/quote]not sure of your point? Zanussi and Hotpoint make some of the best home electrical kit to a sensible budget and amstrad are a defunct computer company started by a famous grumpy bastard wth the table manners of a neutered skunk. Lyra is connected to these because (short essays acceptable).
:?
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[b]rockmeister wrote: [/b][quote][b]pmac wrote: [/b][quote][b]Tune wrote: [/b][quote]i_should_coco wrote:
[quote]It's one thing to measure well and still sound good, be he states that the mis-tracking was audible. In light of that, I can only agree with Serge - the 5 star rating is not appropriate.

Personally, I think it *must* be a faulty sample.[/quote]

Or a faulty test.

HFW have come out with some strange measurements over the past few years.

I've heard a a couple of Titans and never heard anything remotely approaching distortion or (the infamous) rising top end.

[size=3]I trust Lyra to build good product more than I trust HFW to use it properly I'm afraid.[/size][/quote]
For Lyra, insert company of your choice, e.g.

Amstrad

Hotpoint

Zannusi...

etc.

[/quote]not sure of your point? Zanussi and Hotpoint make some of the best home electrical kit to a sensible budget and amstrad are a defunct computer company started by a famous grumpy bastard wth the table manners of a neutered skunk. Lyra is connected to these because (short essays acceptable).
:?
[/quote]

Replace LYRA with any of the others in the highlighted sentence

(It was a dig at HFW, not Lyra)
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[b]pmac wrote: [/b][quote]For £2900 :shock:it shouldn`t have any significantmeasurable,OR non-measurablefaults IMO.

Surely it is a bad/faulty sample, if not they are not going to sell many.
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Yes, agreed. £2900.00 really should be enough to make a cart that has no real faults or weaknesses as such..
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