My Classic 3 in Black

My Classic 3 in Black

Postby Blarney88 » Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:36 am

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Re: My Classic 3 in Black

Postby babybird » Tue Feb 10, 2015 2:41 pm

Very nice!
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Re: My Classic 3 in Black

Postby mreeter » Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:44 pm

Beautiful, The Classic models certainly have a " Classic" look about them :D
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Re: My Classic 3 in Black

Postby Blarney88 » Wed Feb 11, 2015 8:43 am

I agree. "Classic" is the perfect name for this series of 'tables. I owned a Scoutmaster for six years and never quite got use to the look. No gilded glitz, just beauty and performance in an old-fashioned way.
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Re: My Classic 3 in Black

Postby 1980Z28 » Sat Oct 17, 2015 6:05 pm

Very nice TT

How are you enjoying it
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Re: My Classic 3 in Black

Postby vharpip » Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:43 pm

absolutely beautiful! Enjoy
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Re: My Classic 3 in Black

Postby Blarney88 » Fri Oct 30, 2015 10:15 pm

1980Z28 wrote:Very nice TT

How are you enjoying it


Sorry I haven't replied sooner, haven't checked the forum in a couple of weeks.

The Classic 3 is now like an old friend once again. I've made some significant changes in the past six months:
1.) The change to the Ortofon Cadenza Black cartridge.
2.) The addition of the SDS.
3.) The upgrading of the output cable to Transparent Reference MM2.

It took a while to get it all dialed in, but now my upgrade mania is over.
These days, it is all about digging out and enjoying my older music while adding a few new music discoveries.

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Re: My Classic 3 in Black

Postby DeeCee » Sat Oct 31, 2015 9:41 am

Wow! Nice additions... I bet it sounds as good as it looks. Someday I would like to get there...

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Re: My Classic 3 in Black

Postby tom collins » Thu Nov 05, 2015 6:38 pm

i am curious. i use a delos now and love it. how is the ortofon different for nearly 2x the price?
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Re: My Classic 3 in Black

Postby Blarney88 » Sat Nov 07, 2015 5:12 pm

tom collins wrote:i am curious. i use a delos now and love it. how is the ortofon different for nearly 2x the price?



Hey Tom,
Let me start by saying I really like the Lyra Delos and had planned to stay with the Lyra house sound by upgrading to a Kleos. However, a lack of immediate availability and the numerous recommendations for Ortofon cartridges on this forum led me to do hold off and do some further investigation. I find cartridge purchases to be the most daunting because it is nearly impossible to audition them in advance let alone on the same turntable and tonearm. That makes the recommendations on this website so useful and important.

The higher price doesn't mean that the Cadenza Black is twice as good as the Delos---but, it is an incremental enhancement of the sound across the spectrum.

    Sound stage is definitely larger and more stable. Although, the addition of a Transparent Audio Reference phono cable is at least partially responsible for this change.

    While the Delos is very neutral, the Ortofon seems even more natural with added detail and a "meatier" fullness to the music. In this respect I think that, especially with vocalists, the Ortofon gives much more body and heft while maintaining speed and dynamics.

Overall, in the context of my system, the Cadenza Black has brought a wonderful improvement over the Delos.
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