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ID:	41312 I just purchased an Etna SL cartridge and it showed up at my door on Wednesday night. I just finished installing it in the VPI Avenger table/VPI 3D printed arm that I have in for review. First listening session will be tonight.
    Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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    Awesome. Love Lyra cartridges. I am sure you will enjoy it immensely.

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    • #3
      Mep, congrats ! I know you're going to LOVE this cartridge !!
      Speakers: Rockport Lyra
      Amps: Nagra HD Pre Amp & HD Amps
      Cables: Transparent Magnum Opus speaker and interconnects
      Power Transparent Opus Power Cords & Opus Isolators
      Digital dCS Vivaldi full stack w/ Transparent Reference XL Digital cables
      Phono: Grand Prix Monaco 2.0 TT, Spiral Groove Centroid, Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement, Nagra Classic Phono & PSU
      Racks: Grand Prix Audio Silverstone F1 (x4)

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      • #4
        Wonderful Cartridge. I'm thinking of one as well . Let us know your thoughts.
        Phono: Aesthetix Io Eclipse with 2 Power Supplies and Volume controls
        Brinkmann Balance & RonT Tube Power supply with Kuzma 4-point ,FR64S, Brinkmann 12.1 , .Koetsu Jade Platinum,Koetsu Rosewood Signature Platinum, Lyra Atlas Lamda, Lyra Etna SL Goldfinger Statement, KLAUDIO RCM, HRSM3X
        Amps: Custom Direct Drive, Wyetech Topaz, Futterman H3 Quad II,Citation II, Marantz 8b, 5 ,2. Bedini 25/25
        Pre-Amps:Marantz 7, Marantz Model 1 Consolette Pair
        Speakers: Beveridge Model 3 Direct Drive amps, REL S/2 x 2, Quad ESL pair
        Otari 5050BXII, DeHavilland 222

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        • #5
          Thanks guys. I will be writing about the Etna SL in the near future. It needs to break in and I need to get it optimized.
          Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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          • #6
            Congrats Mark! I hope it brings you years of musical bliss! Let us know when your review is published.
            Dynavector DV20x2L MC cartridge - Genesis G7.1f speakers - Marantz Reference PM-KI-Pearl Int. Amp. - Oracle Audio Paris MkV turntable - Various Morrow & Valab/King cables

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            • #7
              Congratulations Mark! That's a wonderful cartridge.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by mep View Post
                I just purchased an Etna SL cartridge and it showed up at my door on Wednesday night. I just finished installing it in the VPI Avenger table/VPI 3D printed arm that I have in for review. First listening session will be tonight.
                How is your impression thus far on the Avenger?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Ritmo View Post

                  How is your impression thus far on the Avenger?
                  It's really far too early to comment since I started at zero hours yesterday, but I will say it sounds better with every hour I play it. I had to set my loading to 100 ohms with the Zesto Andros 1.2 and I hooked up the anti-skating on the VPI arm. If the Etna SL opens up and blooms after it breaks in the way Myles described it to me, this cartridge will be something special indeed.

                  I affectionately refer to the Dyna XV-1S as Big Foot because of it's profile in the arm. Regardless of cost, the Etna SL has some big shoes to fill so to speak. I can already hear there is more high frequency resolution with the Etna SL though. I played my favorite two cuts from Ricky Lee Jones It's Like This on 45 RPM last night which means Show Biz Kids and Trouble Man. These cuts will give some systems fits due to the bass and overall dynamics. Some systems you will never hear all of the bass that is there and on others that can reach down, you may not like what you hear. The Avenger/Etna SL combo made me sit up in my listening chair last night at what I was hearing with those two cuts. That was the best I have heard the bass definition so far.

                  Like the XV-1S, the Etna does throw a big soundstage with the Avenger. You get a life size soundstage with instruments that sound correctly scaled with regards to their true size in life. It has the 3D effect that allows you to 'see' the instruments in three dimensional physical space-they take on that type of life.
                  Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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                  • #10
                    I too have the Etna and love it, just not the SL. Interested in what you find on the loading vis a vis J. Carr recommendations although it looks like the Zesto has a step-up transformer. Looking forward to your review as well!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Barry View Post
                      I too have the Etna and love it, just not the SL. Interested in what you find on the loading vis a vis J. Carr recommendations although it looks like the Zesto has a step-up transformer. Looking forward to your review as well!
                      The instructions that came with the Etna SL with regards to loading were pretty vague. It was basically listen and decide for yourself. So yes, the Andros 1.2 uses SUTs as the first stage, but Zesto does a provide a variety of loading options for MC cartridges via two rotary switches on the back. I started at 200 ohms, but backed off to 100 ohms. We will see if it stays there after break in.
                      Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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                      • #12
                        Congrats Mark. Great cart !
                        Christian
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                        • #13
                          Thanks Christian!
                          Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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                          • #14
                            what does the etna sl sell for street price?
                            Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mono) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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                            • kcin
                              kcin commented
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                              $9995.00 USD or for me about $13,000.00 Canadian Dollerettes retail, the exchange is killer. We'll see what Trump- Canadian relations does to the spread.

                            • JCOConnell
                              JCOConnell commented
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                              wasn't the Canadian dollar matched with the us dollar just a few years ago?

                            • kcin
                              kcin commented
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                              Yes, it was at par in 2012 . Low oil prices don't help the Canadian Dollar but other exported goods and services will thrive as long as NAFTA is not wiped as far as Canada is concerned.

                          • #15
                            I' ve heard what the SL option does to the Atlas so i guess you're in for one hell of a ride!

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