Lyra Etna Lambda

Product Code: LYC017


ex-vat: £ 5,745.83

The Lyra Etna Lambda features Lyra’s λ Lambda technology, which separates the tapered dampers into flat elastomer discs (for damping) and an additional support “pillow” to serve as the cantilever pre-loading element. This division allows the use of more specialised materials that are better suited to their individual tasks. The Etna Lambda retains Lyra’s New Angle design (coil and magnet angles become aligned when the cartridge is in the playing position), with stability and sonic performance significantly improved.

Other design feature include a yokeless dual magnet system, high-efficiency X-shaped signal coils, diamond-coated boron rod cantilever, a Lyra-designed variable-radius line-contact stylus, and a solid titanium core structure machined with non-parallel surfaces to inhibit internal reflections wherever possible, mated to a slightly undersized, asymmetric duralumin outer body that is designed to lock over the core like a very tightly-fitting jigsaw puzzle.

All Lyra cartridges are designed by Jonathan Carr in collaboration with Yoshinori Mishima, and manufactured by Lyra in Japan. Yoshinori personally manufactures and fine-tunes every Etna Lambda.

There is a “rightness” to the sound produced by the Etna Lambda, perfect for a long evening’s listening. Highly recommended.

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Press Reviews

“The Etna is one of the new breed of harmonically enriched, full-bodied, yet ultradetailed and natural-sounding Lyras. These latest models sacrifice none of the brand’s renowned resolution of detail, transient agility, and tonal neutrality, while greatly improving on its textural richness and tonal complexity…. For tonality and texture, my vote goes to the Etna.” (Michael Fremer, review of original Etna)



Lyra-designed long-footprint variable-radius line-contact nude diamond (3μm×70μm), slot-mounted
Cantilever system
Diamond-coated solid boron rod with short one-point wire suspension, directly mounted into cartridge body via high-pressure knife-edge system
Machined titanium central core, anodized aluminum
2-layer deep, 6 N high-purity copper, chemically-purified high purity iron X-shaped former, 4.2 ohm self impedance, 11uH inductance
Output voltage
0.56 mV@5 cm/sec., zero to peak, 45 degrees (CBS test record, other test records may alter results)
Frequency range
10 Hz-50 kHz
Channel separation
Greater than 35dB at 1kHz
Approx. 12×10 cm/dyne at 100 Hz
Cartridge weight (without stylus cover)
9.2 g
Distance from mounting holes to stylus tip
9.52 mm
Recommended tracking force
1.68-1.78 g (1.72 g recommended)