Lyra Kleos Mono Cartridge

Lyra Kleos Mono Cartridge

This is a special, built-to-order, mono version of Kleos for real mono playback of monaural/monophonic (mono) microgroove, vinyl records. It is recommended that the Kleos Mono is used with high-gain, low noise phono stages, or alternatively a step-up transformer designed for phono cartridges of 2 - 3 ohms or less.
On mono records, the vertical axis of the groove contains no musical information, but it will frequently have noise, in the form of groove damage and dirt. The Kleos Mono has therefore been designed to be completely insensitive to the vertical axis, which greatly improves the signal/noise ratio without any downside on monaural records.

The coil former is a square permeable plate oriented parallel to the record surface rather than the 45-degree angle used for most stereo cartridges, while the coils are wound so that they only generate a signal when there is horizontal movement of the stylus and cantilever when tracking a record. 

Two totally separate monaural coils are used in the Kleos Mono, since most monaural cartridges are used with stereo amplifiers and stereo speakers. The separate coils also help avoid possible ground loops and hum problems that could otherwise be caused if a single coil is fed into a stereo two-channel amplification system, thereby tying the two channels together electrically.

Designer: Jonathan Carr

Builder: Yoshinori Mishima (final build, testing), Akiko Ishiyama (preliminary build)

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

Stylus: Lyra-designed long-footprint variable-radius line-contact nude diamond (3um x 70um profile, block dimensions 0.08 x 0.12 x 0.5mm), slot-mounted

Cantilever system: Solid boron rod with short one-point wire suspension, directly mounted into cartridge body

Coils: Two individually isolated monophonic/monaural 6N high-purity copper coils wound in parallel (on top of each other) on a square-shaped chemically-purified high-purity iron former with 3.0 ohms self-impedance

Output voltage: 0.25mV@5cm/sec., 2.4μH inductance

Frequency range: 10Hz ~ 50kHz

Compliance: Approx. 12x10-6cm/dyne at 100Hz

Vertical tracking angle: 20 degrees

Cartridge body: One-piece machining from solid 7075
alloy billet, with reduced-surface higher-pressure headshell contact area, partially non-parallel shaping, phase-interference resonance-controlling mechanism, 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): 8.8g

Recommended tracking force: 1.65 ~ 1.78g (1.72g recommended)

Recommended load directly into MC phono input: Determine by listening,

Recommended load via step-up transformer: Use a step-up transformer designed for 2 - 3 ohms cartridge impedance. The transformer output must be connected to standard 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