The Atlas, in our opinion, is the finest phono cartridge available in the world. The SL version is absolutely stunning and worthy of the highest end system.
The Atlas is available in a Stereo, Mono and SL version. The Mono and SL models are available only via special order and can take 2-6 months for delivery.
Introducing the ATLAS, the world's first asymmetric MC phono cartridge.
The Atlas is Lyra's new flagship. It is also the first time
that anyone has made an asymmetrically structured phono cartridge. Why
asymmetric? Because, by literally misplacing the barriers to great sound
that are present in every other cartridge today, it confers a number of
important performance benefits.
First, having differently-shaped structures on the left and
right sides suppresses the formation of standing waves inside the
cartridge body, thereby creating a less resonant, more neutral cartridge
body. Second, the asymmetric construction offsets the front magnet
carrier and its associated mounting system so that it is no longer in
line with the cantilever assembly. Doing so opens up a direct, solid
path between the cantilever assembly and tonearm headshell so that
vibrations from the cantilever can be quickly drained away once they
have been converted into electrical signals, again suppressing
Lyra remains the only cartridge manufacturer to mount the
cantilever assembly directly into the cartridge body and thereby achieve
a seamless, totally rigid connection between cantilever assembly and
headshell. The effectiveness of this system has been increased with the
asymmetrical structure of the Atlas. Control over spurious resonances is
further assisted by the use of a narrowed mounting area, which couples
the Atlas more tightly to the headshell and facilitates the transfer of
vibrational energy into the tonearm.
While the Atlas retains the yokeless dual magnet system,
diamond-coated boron rod cantilever and variable-radius line-contact
stylus of the Titan, the double knife-edge cantilever assembly mounting
structure has been revised for greater rigidity, and the signal coil
system is completely new. Rather than a square, the coil former is in
the shape of an X, which allows each channel to operate with greater
independence from the other. This gives better tracking, tighter channel
matching, improved separation, and lower distortion due to crosstalk.
At the same time we were able to increase both the performance
and efficiency of the generator coils. The Atlas has 12% higher output
voltage than the Titan, but accomplishes this while reducing the amount
of wire in the coils by 22%. The mass reduction further improves
tracking performance, while the enhanced output and electrical
characteristics allow phono stages to perform better.
The Atlas uses Lyra's "New Angle" technology, which mechanically
pre-biases the signal coils so that they are perfectly aligned to the
front and rear magnets when LP playback takes place. This equalizes out
discrepancies in vertical and horizontal compliances, and enables the
Atlas' coils to move with equal ease in all directions for optimal
As with the Titan and Olympos, the Atlas uses a body that
is meticulously carved from a solid billet of titanium, through a
process that involves both contact (for the exterior) and non-contact
machining (for the interior body structures). But by making most of the
Atlas' body surfaces non-parallel, avoiding dimensions that are
multiples of other dimensions, and adding a pre-stressed
phase-interference resonance-controlling system, resonances have been
We firmly believe that the Atlas represents an important step forward in LP playback.