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Aida CartridgeHave a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.
ďThe AidaĒ cartridge by The Soundsmith (formerly SMMC1) is a Stereophile A RATED cartridge. That is the "price is no object" range. Where are we in the price range of those cartridges? At the bottom. There isn't anyone even close to our price. Did Michael Fremer take some flack for doing that? You bet. How did he respond?? he said - "I put it in that group - because it deserved to BE in that group".
We build it with love and respect for your hard earned dollars.
Here is the "micro-manufacturing" reality:
All top end cartridges from all manufacturers are hand made. The real issue is that when you are manufacturing something so tiny, that has to perform so well, that all of them are NOT the same. If you donít see this statement from other manufacturers, then this is a "secret" they donít want to share, and quite understandably so.
So... what does Soundsmith do??
We carefully hand build each and every cartridge, test them, and keep accurate records by serial number of their performance. Those that meet or exceed specifications are sold. But, there are always a few that don't measure well. What do we do with them? We don't sell them. We break them down and re-use some parts that can be used again. Does this cost real money ? You bet. But what it does do is this.....the ones that DO pass our stringent testing out-perform many cartridges selling for two, three, four, or even five times the price. Are we unabashedly proud of our hand-made cartridges??
"Moving Iron Cartridges better?? I thought that moving COIL types are the best??"
Our cartridges overturn the myth that moving coil cartridges are the only path towards perfection. After all, what is the accepted ďadvantageĒ of moving coil cartridges? Low effective moving mass, right? Well, we've got less. Much less. And if you understand EFFECTIVE moving mass, Less IS more. Why is that good? Because when you lower the moving system mass, itís easier to control. If itís easier to control, the stylus can stay in better contact with the groove walls. Thatís good, because if you canít stay in contact with the groove walls, you canít hear whatís on the record.
Is a high gain moving coil preamp required? No. "AidaĒ is designed to be used with a Moving Magnet preamp. No "step-up" transformers. No finicky multi-stage ultra high gain preamp required. Less is more here, too.
Once youíve heard your new Aida cartridge, youíll never go back. The price?? Oh yes, ďless is moreĒ applies here too... $1800.00
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