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RE: Dynavector cartridges

I heard a Dyna 10x5 on a Well Tempered Amadeus through a Sutherland 20/20. Don't recall the preamp/amp - but it eventually fed B&W 802D's. I was in Kansas City at the time, not my "home turf."

Nice sound on the record they played (I was unfamiliar with it so couldn't tell anything except I didn't pay attention at all to the equipment and just enjoyed the side of the LP - and I normally don't like Diana Krall at all). I can't imagine the carts "higher up" than this being anything but subtle improvements ... but every time I think this, am usually promptly blown away by something or other. And since it didn't have orchestral crescendos or a hugely complex progressive rock passages - it could be that it wasn't being exercised to it's flaws)

Quiet, smooth yet detailed, sense of high and low extension (the recording was mostly singing so very midrange). Cymbols seemed natural and not tizzy or flat, piano was rich and full bodied.

Since this guy sold both Dyna and Lyra - and in a conversation while extolling the virtues of the Lyra Titan and Atlas, let on that the Dyna 10x and 20x gave the low end Lyra Delos and Kleos ($1.6k & $3k) serious competition. He never said bad things about either - but he did point out that Lyra was the best "value" at the Skala level and up provided it was paired with its equal in phono amp and rest of the equipment. He said Dynavector was hard to beat at XX-2 and below, with an extreme value at the 10x5 level. Said he had a 10x5 as his "backup" cart for the Atlas he used at home - and some days wondered which was really better.
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