Field coil dava cartridge

I have been hearing great things about the dava field coil cartridge with the tube power supply. I am only able to read a few reviews on them. The reviews seem all positive and the designer Darius seems to be a very approachable person . I would like to hear opinions on the strengths and weaknesses of the cartridge. Especially comparison with the Lyra atlas sl which is my current cartridge.

thanks in advance.


Dear @lewm  : " questioning the reality ".

in the  @mijostyn  frequency range posted please tell us what's your " reality " talking about. posted that in that FR " all " FR cartridges is flat: dead flat and if you own a cartridge that measures over that then something is wrong down there and not easy to be exactly aware what is.



@mikelavigne , It is wonderful to be able to buy a multitude of expensive cartridges and be able to listen to them in your own system. I now find myself in that position but still will not look at cartridges that I think are substandard in any way especially from a cottage manufacturer. Time will certainly prove I am wrong in certain instances. As long as you enjoy what you are listening to life is good. 

@lewm  Lew, I have seen frequency response curves on many cartridges that were dead flat until the extremes. Obviously there is more to the performance of a cartridge than frequency response or they would all sound the same.  

@mijostyn ​​​​@rauliruegas 

You guys really do make me laugh. Don't like the design so you are going to draw opinions about the sound but are not willing to actually hear it in a system. Thank you both for the entertainment.

I've heard the DaVa at Mikes house and was thoroughly entertained. I will be placing my order after I sell some of these crappy MM carts that Raul's thread convinced me into buying without hearing.

Simple lesson is this boys: all listening is subjective. Listen for yourself. 

@jeff1225 , I'm glade we are good for a laugh. Good luck with your DAVA. Please come back in a year and give us a long term assessment. 

But, for the record, there is so much variability in how we listen and in the performance of our systems you can not make sense out of what any one or even 10 individuals hear. If you are making a buy decision based entirely on what someone else hears you are likely to be disappointed. You can't even trust your hearing if you were listening on someone else's system!  Those of us with an understanding of the physics involved will always add those considerations into the mix as well as the history of the manufacturer and whatever reviews are available. 

A man, who is not too long passed, and certainly did seem to have an 'understanding of the Physics Involved', once stated and which is recorded for all to see as a legacy, is to be seen below.

"We have been endowed with just enough intelligence to be able to see clearly just how utterly inadequate that intelligence is when confronted with what exists. If this humility could be imparted to everybody, the world of human endeavours would become more appealing."