Mc Anna , Lyra Titan or DynaVector XV 1s


Hello there. I am about to make a decision for my next cart to match my system as follows : A90 Cart > SME V arm > Oracle Delphi VI TT > Cardas GR cables & Transparent Ref Speaker Cable > MIT oracle power chords > Avid Pulsare Phonostage > Modwright LS36.5 Dual Mono Preamp > Pass Labs XA 100.5 monoblock > Dynaudio Evidence Temptation > Shunyata Hydra Line Conditioner. Room size is 5.0 x 6.0 mts. My system is quite revealing and prefers a bit warmer tone but with dynamics and details and of course a realistic soundstage. Suggestions are highly appreciated.
dreamauduio
I am familiar with all of the cartridges you are considering. Before investing in new cartridges (or tonearm cable), invest some time and ask yourself a few questions...

1. Why are you considering a change, i.e. what do you hope to improve? If you change cartridges, you will get different, but not necessarily better.

2. Is your cartidge set up optimized? If you don't feel confident in set up, bribe a buddy with food and booze (after the set up). It is my experience that many (?most?) vinyl systems can benefit from dialing in the set up.

3. Is the rest of your set up optimized, i.e. cabling layout, clean connectors, speaker placement. See #1 & #2.

4. Ask yourself, would I rather spend the money on more music rather than equipment?

5. Find a way to audition each cartridge. Invest in data gathering which will ultimately be cheaper than purchasing an expensive cartridge that is not right for you. As an added bonus; you will increase your knowledge base.

6. If you reach step 6 and are still considering a change, my opinions for what it's worth...

The A90 has slightly sweeter high frequencies compared to the XV1-s. By comparison, the bass is different, punchier with the XV1-s, slightly better refined with the A90. The A90 is more forgiving with respect to set up. OTOH, other than the Colibri, no cartridge I've heard benefits more from 'spot on' set up than the XV1-s.

The Anna takes the sound of the A90 to a whole other level...deeper, better controlled bass, slightly richer mids and more delicate high frequencies. Is it worth the added investment?...that's a personal decision.

The Titan i is a great cartridge that I would rank with the A90/XV1-s level of performance. The Titan is between the A90 and XV1-s with respect to set up sensitivity and blends many of their best sonic attributes. I know some listeners who do not like the signature of the Titan high frequencies...again a matter of personal taste. If you are considering an Anna, the new Atlas should be a consideration.

Good luck!
Dear Jazdoc: ++++ " do not like the signature of the Titan high frequencies...again a matter of personal taste. " +++++

yes and IMHO we have to add: cartridge/tonearm/TT/load Z set up and with which tonearm.

Your tonearm alone makes a difference in between all those cartridges and is a different tonearm than the SME V that Dreamauduio owns.

I think that he has some alternatives top improve its system quality performance where the tonearm is one important and critical about. Right now he decided for the Anna ( good!!! ) and needs to listen it in his today set up before any other change. Well only an opinion.

Regards and enjoy the music,
R.
Wow. Those are all very nice & helpful suggestions. For the tonearm re wire which i am very interested , there is no person i have known here in Manila that do the tonearm rewire for an SME V. Maybe considering that re wire will change the sonic character of SME V arm and no technician available here to do so. For now i have elevated my interest in Mc Anna , PC1 supreme or Lyra Atlas. Hope u guys can share each carts strength & weaknesses.
Manila does have a postal service. You could always mail your arm to a qualified SME rewire expert. This would be th first thing that "I" would do before investing in a $$$ cartridge.
Some time ago I read something about rewiring SME Arms and that the
Factory offers that Service (their wire or what you supply) .... maybe you
can ask a Dealer about it.