Lyra SPT Stylus Treatment
The Lyra SPT’s primary function is straightforward - by helping to keep your cartridge's stylus scrupulously clean, it assists tracking and minimizes damage to your records and cartridge. However, its benefits extend far beyond just stylus cleaning.
Unlike any other stylus cleaner, we employed extensive listening tests during the development process of SPT, with the express purpose of improving the sound of your phono cartridge. Not only will it work well with our own Lyra models, but you will likely find that it offers a significant sonic boost to other high-performance cartridge designs as well.
Another thing we have been very careful about is to design the SPT so it won't dissolve or damage any glue joints between stylus and cantilever. This cannot be said about all other stylus cleaners on the market, some of which causes damage (diamond styli fall out because of dissolved glue), especially if used excessively.
The Lyra SPT should be applied in a small quantity with the accompanying brush each time it is being used. However it has been designed so it can be used frequently, even after each LP record side of play, or as often as you deem necessary in your particular environment.
Ratings & Reviews
I agree with the other reviewer, also using a Lyra Delos. However, I find the carbon fiber brush that was included with the cartridge, does a better job of cleaning the stylus. Just a minuscule drop on the carbon fibers cleans the tip, without wetting the cantilever. I use the wedge shaped brush, dry to remove any debris that migrates to the cantilever .
I was very skeptical about this tiny bottle of liquid that costs $40, until recently when I had some extra coin in my pocket and wanted to try it. I can honestly say that the improvement in sound when applying it to the stylus is not small. One thing I had become keenly aware of since buying the Delos is how much surface noise it picks up in comparison to my previous Van den hul cartridge. But when I apply the SPT to it the surface noise is greatly reduced. I also notice an increase in detail and overall "buttery" musical sound. This is not why I bought it though. The real reason was because I was worried about my stylus wearing out (I have 200-300 hours on it by now). The claim from Lyra is that applying this liquid before playing a record extends the life of the stylus. Based on the reduced surface noise I can believe this claim is true. It seems to serve as a lubricant to the stylus to reduce the friction. I really love my Lyra Delos cartridge. I sometimes think about moving further up their line but for now I am so satisfied with what I have that I just want to make sure it keeps sounding as great as it does. This liquid seems to be peace of mind for me.