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  • Music Hall Mini Music Hall Mini Quick View

    $90.00
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    Music Hall Mini


    Have 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.


    The Music Hall Mini is a solid state moving magnet phono preamp for use with moving magnet and high output moving coil cartridges. The Mini is designed to amplify an RIAA equalized phono signal to a high level signal. It's cheap, cheerful, and built in the USA.


    This product is not eligible for discount.


    Music Hall
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  • Bellari VP530 USB/Tube Phono Stage Bellari VP530 USB/Tube Phono Stage Quick View

    $399.99
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    Bellari VP530 USB/Tube Phono Stage


    Have 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.


    The vp530 is a usb/tube phono preamp for use with moving-magnet and high output moving-coil cartridges. It includes a built in headphone amplifier, Burr-Brown A2D converter w/usb output, and RIAA curve/flat EQ. The vp530 is designed to amplify an RIAA equalized phono signal to a hi-level signal or provide a USB digital output. Since the unit utilizes tube circuitry, the resulting output signal is more warm and musical than solid state preamplifiers. The real kicker aside from the price and stellar sound is that it's manufactured in the US.


    This product is not eligible for discount.


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    $399.99
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  • Ortofon MC Quintet Cartridge Red Ortofon MC Quintet Cartridge Red Quick View

    $346.00
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    Ortofon MC Quintet Cartridge Red

    Ortofon


    Have 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.


    MC Quintet Red is an all-purpose cartridge that delivers open, dynamic sound with a slight touch of warmth


    Enter the Exclusive world of Ortofon's famous moving coil sound!


    The Quintet Red is a perfect introduction to the world of Ortofon moving coils. It features an Elliptical diamond which is cut and polished to Ortofon's standards.


    This entry-level MC cartridge has very high price-to-performance ratio and is a perfect all-rounder for the newcomers to the world of Moving Coil cartridges.

    Ortofon Cartridges
    $346.00
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  • Ortofon MC Cadenza Red Cartridge (Moving Coil) Ortofon MC Cadenza Red Cartridge (Moving Coil) Quick View

    $1,280.00
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    Ortofon MC Cadenza Red Cartridge (Moving Coil)

    Hi-Fi High Ortofon


    Have 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.


    The sound picture of Cadenza Red is more relaxed, homogeneous and moderately dynamic in the perspective compared to the Cadenza Blue and has great space and depth in the stereo image.


    Nude Fine Line Diamond


    The Cadenza Red model is using a nude fine line stylus with a cylindrical aluminium cantilever. The stylus tip radius is r/R 8/40 µm. The coils are made from 6NX (99.9999%) pure silver wire. An improved winding process on the armature allows a better channel balance.

    Ortofon Cartridges
    $1,280.00
    Moving Coil Cartridge
  • Hana EH Moving Coil Phono Cartridge Hana EH Moving Coil Phono Cartridge Quick View

    $475.00
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    Hana EH Moving Coil Phono Cartridge





    "Highly musical records were effortlessly engaging." - Stereophile


    "A first -class MC cartridge" - STEREO (Germany)


    "Remarkably smooth frequency response terrific value for the money." - HiFi World (UK)


    "Details are realistic and revealing maximum definition." - Haute FidÉlitÉ (France)


    "In the same class as a cartridge costing 10x the price." - TNT Audio (Italy)


    Hana EH and EL moving coil cartridges represent the best way to upgrade from "starter" cartridges that typically come packaged with turntables. Weighing in at only 5 grams, and possessing great tracking ability, the Hana EL and EH cartridges feature a distinctive moss green body which houses a sophisticated generator with an aluminum cantilever, and synthetic elliptical stylus.


    Hana cartridges by Excel represent the best materials, including alnico magnets, cross-shaped armatures, and proprietary manufacturing processes. Hana has excelled at creating MC cartridges noted worldwide for their sound and value, which retain their "musical magic" regardless of their phono stage pairing.

    Hana
    $475.00
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  • Hana EL Moving Coil Phono Cartridge Hana EL Moving Coil Phono Cartridge Quick View

    $475.00
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    Hana EL Moving Coil Phono Cartridge





    "Highly musical records were effortlessly engaging." - Stereophile


    "A first -class MC cartridge" - STEREO (Germany)


    "Remarkably smooth frequency response terrific value for the money." - HiFi World (UK)


    "Details are realistic and revealing maximum definition." - Haute FidÉlitÉ (France)


    "In the same class as a cartridge costing 10x the price." - TNT Audio (Italy)


    Hana EH and EL moving coil cartridges represent the best way to upgrade from "starter" cartridges that typically come packaged with turntables. Weighing in at only 5 grams, and possessing great tracking ability, the Hana EL and EH cartridges feature a distinctive moss green body which houses a sophisticated generator with an aluminum cantilever, and synthetic elliptical stylus.


    Hana cartridges by Excel represent the best materials, including alnico magnets, cross-shaped armatures, and proprietary manufacturing processes. Hana has excelled at creating MC cartridges noted worldwide for their sound and value, which retain their "musical magic" regardless of their phono stage pairing.

    Hana
    $475.00
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  • Hana SH Moving Coil Phono Cartridge Hana SH Moving Coil Phono Cartridge Quick View

    $750.00
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    Hana SH Moving Coil Phono Cartridge





    "Highly musical records were effortlessly engaging." - Stereophile


    "A first -class MC cartridge" - STEREO (Germany)


    "Remarkably smooth frequency response terrific value for the money." - HiFi World (UK)


    "Details are realistic and revealing maximum definition." - Haute FidÉlitÉ (France)


    "In the same class as a cartridge costing 10x the price." - TNT Audio (Italy)


    The Hana SL and SH models, distinguished by their black body, provide tighter channel balance, greater channel separation, and improved high-frequency extension compared to their EH and EL counterparts. The SL and SH models also feature an upgraded Shibata stylus.


    Hana cartridges by Excel represent the best materials, including alnico magnets, cross-shaped armatures, and proprietary manufacturing processes. Hana has excelled at creating MC cartridges noted worldwide for their sound and value, which retain their "musical magic" regardless of their phono stage pairing.

    Hana
    $750.00
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  • Hana SL Moving Coil Phono Cartridge Hana SL Moving Coil Phono Cartridge Quick View

    $750.00
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    Hana SL Moving Coil Phono Cartridge





    "Highly musical records were effortlessly engaging." - Stereophile


    "A first -class MC cartridge" - STEREO (Germany)


    "Remarkably smooth frequency response terrific value for the money." - HiFi World (UK)


    "Details are realistic and revealing maximum definition." - Haute FidÉlitÉ (France)


    "In the same class as a cartridge costing 10x the price." - TNT Audio (Italy)


    The Hana SL and SH models, distinguished by their black body, provide tighter channel balance, greater channel separation, and improved high-frequency extension compared to their EH and EL counterparts. The SL and SH models also feature an upgraded Shibata stylus.


    Hana cartridges by Excel represent the best materials, including alnico magnets, cross-shaped armatures, and proprietary manufacturing processes. Hana has excelled at creating MC cartridges noted worldwide for their sound and value, which retain their "musical magic" regardless of their phono stage pairing.

    Hana
    $750.00
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  • Ortofon MC Cadenza Bronze Cartridge (Moving Coil) Ortofon MC Cadenza Bronze Cartridge (Moving Coil) Quick View

    $2,309.00
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    Ortofon MC Cadenza Bronze Cartridge (Moving Coil)

    Hi-Fi Ortofon


    Have 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.


    Cadenza Bronze is a true high-end reference cartridge, conveying music with supreme precision, impact and dynamics. Its stereo imaging capabilities illuminate the farthest corners of the soundstage in all three dimensions.


    Nude Ortofon Replicant 100 Diamond


    The Cadenza Bronze model is using a Replicant 100 stylus and a conical aluminium cantilever. The coil wire is the famous Ortofon Aucurum wire, which is a gold plated 6NX copper wire. Per Windfeld's Field Stabilizing Element FSE, is used for optimal linearity especially during complex crescendo passages.

    Ortofon Cartridges
    $2,309.00
    Moving Coil Cartridge
  • Ortofon MC Cadenza Blue Cartridge (Moving Coil) Ortofon MC Cadenza Blue Cartridge (Moving Coil) Quick View

    $1,889.00
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    Ortofon MC Cadenza Blue Cartridge (Moving Coil)

    Ortofon


    Have 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.


    The soundstage of Cadenza Blue is wide open and grandiose straight out of the box. Micro dynamic details and ambience will be evident when listening to complex compositions. It reaches a very high degree of definition in the perspective, which is very present. It is true to the music with tremendous clarity, detail, and speed.


    Nude Fritz Gyger 70 Diamond


    The Cadenza Blue model is using a Nude FG 70 stylus with a very thin ruby cantilever. The improved winding process on the armature ensures better channel balance.

    Ortofon Cartridges
    $1,889.00
    Moving Coil Cartridge
  • Ortofon MC Cadenza Mono Cartridge (Moving Coil) Ortofon MC Cadenza Mono Cartridge (Moving Coil) Quick View

    $1,280.00
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    Ortofon MC Cadenza Mono Cartridge (Moving Coil)

    Hi-Fi Ortofon


    Have 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.


    Find your old records as well as new micro groove mono records and experience the Cadenza Mono!


    Nude Fine Line Diamond for Mono


    The Cadenza Mono model is made with a nude fine line stylus and a cylindrical aluminium cantilever. For easy use the pins are connected so you get the same signal from both pairs of connecting pins. The stylus radius is r/R 8/40 µm.


    Sharing internal build with the Cadenza Red and with optimized adjustments for mono playback the sound is relaxed, homogeneous and moderate.

    Ortofon Cartridges
    $1,280.00
    Moving Coil Cartridge
  • Ortofon MC Cadenza Black Cartridge (Moving Coil) Ortofon MC Cadenza Black Cartridge (Moving Coil) Quick View

    $2,729.00
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    Ortofon MC Cadenza Black Cartridge (Moving Coil)

    Hi-Fi Ortofon


    Have 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.


    Cadenza Black is optimized for an amazing tonal neutrality, dynamics and purity of sound. It is high performing on areas like detail, consistency and sound staging, while still retaining a fluid body and ample musicality.


    Nude Shibata Diamond


    The Cadenza Black model features a Nude Shibata stylus with a boron cantilever. The effective mass of the stylus/cantilever system is extremely low due to the use of a very thin boron rod. This material is extremely stiff and transmits sound vibrations faster than aluminium.


    It also uses the WRD (Wide Range Damping-system), controlling the high and low frequency damping separately.

    Ortofon Cartridges
    $2,729.00
    Moving Coil Cartridge
  • Rega Ios Moving Coil Amplifier Rega Ios Moving Coil Amplifier Quick View

    $6,995.00
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    Rega Ios Moving Coil Amplifier

    40th


    Have 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.


    Designed as the ultimate MC phono stage and the perfect match for the Rega Apheta MC cartridge Ios has made the transition in to the reference style case to match Isis and Osiris. The new Ios has the addition of balanced XLR connections mute and mono functions. The PCB layout has been redesigned to improve the noise floor and the entire unit has been fully rewired with ultra low capacitance cabling.


    The function of a phono pre amplifier is to match the output from a pick up cartridge to the input of a line level amplifier. It is required to amplify the very low signals produced by the cartridge and also to equalise the sound in accordance with RIAA record cutting standard. Rega believes that moving coil and moving magnet cartridges require different types of phono pre amplifiers to achieve optimum performance. The IOS is therefore dedicated to moving coil cartridges and avoids compromises. We have avoided including any superfluous functions as they obstruct the signal path and degrade the sound quality.


    Design innovation


    The Rega Ios is a four stage all symmetrical amplifier. To provide optimum performance it is dedicated to amplifying the very low level signals that are generated by moving coil cartridges.


    The first stage uses a 1:10 step-up transformer, which can be optimised to the cartridge by the selection of the correct loading and zobel DC resistance correction network connected across the MC transformer secondary.


    The second stage is a symmetrical compound pair class A amplifier, using paralleled low noise Hitachi transistors in the input stage.This drives the passive high frequency part of the RIAA equalisation stage.


    The third stage is a symmetrical class A differential amplifier with a common base driver stage; this is also used as the active amplifier in the low frequency part of the RIAA equalisation stage. The fourth stage is the active filter, this configuration uses the same circuit as found in the second stage. The filter element uses a very high bandwidth operational amplifier.


    The power supply is a symmetrical discrete tracking power supply using fast diodes and a low noise voltage reference. Each stage has its own localised power supply, and LED referenced current generators. Very high quality, polypropylene capacitors have been used in the signal path. 1% tolerance polypropylene capacitors are used in the RIAA EQ stages and audio grade capacitors are used in the rest of the circuit.


    We hope that you enjoy this product as much as we have enjoyed creating it. - Rega


    Rega
    $6,995.00
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  • Helios Cartridge Helios Cartridge Quick View

    $7,999.95
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    Helios Cartridge

    Have 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.


    Here is the micro-manufacturing reality:


    Although most entry level cartridges from all manufacturers are machine made, ours are hand made. Even so, the reality is that when you are manufacturing something so tiny, that has to perform so well, all of them are NOT the same. If you don't see this statement from other manufacturers, then this is a secret they don't 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??


    YES.


    Some ask:

    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 "advantage" 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, it's easier to control. If it's easier to control, the stylus can stay in better contact with the groove walls. That's good, because if you can't stay in contact with the groove walls, you can't hear what's on the record.


    Phono Cartridge Rebuilding and Stylus Retipping Services Available - Please inquire.

    Sound-Smith
    $7,999.95
    Helios Cartridge Buy Now
  • Mezzo Cartridge Mezzo Cartridge Quick View

    $4,999.99
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    Mezzo Cartridge

    Have 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.


    Here is the micro-manufacturing reality:


    Although most entry level cartridges from all manufacturers are machine made, ours are hand made. Even so, the reality is that when you are manufacturing something so tiny, that has to perform so well, all of them are NOT the same. If you don't see this statement from other manufacturers, then this is a secret they don't 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??


    YES.


    Some ask:

    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 "advantage" 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, it's easier to control. If it's easier to control, the stylus can stay in better contact with the groove walls. That's good, because if you can't stay in contact with the groove walls, you can't hear what's on the record.


    Phono Cartridge Rebuilding and Stylus Retipping Services Available - Please inquire.

    Sound-Smith
    $4,999.99
    Mezzo Cartridge Buy Now
  • Nautilus Cartridge Nautilus Cartridge Quick View

    $3,999.99
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    Nautilus Cartridge

    Have 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.


    Here is the micro-manufacturing reality:


    Although most entry level cartridges from all manufacturers are machine made, ours are hand made. Even so, the reality is that when you are manufacturing something so tiny, that has to perform so well, all of them are NOT the same. If you don't see this statement from other manufacturers, then this is a secret they don't 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??


    YES.


    Some ask:

    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 "advantage" 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, it's easier to control. If it's easier to control, the stylus can stay in better contact with the groove walls. That's good, because if you can't stay in contact with the groove walls, you can't hear what's on the record.


    Phono Cartridge Rebuilding and Stylus Retipping Services Available - Please inquire.

    Sound-Smith
    $3,999.99
    Nautilus Cartridge Buy Now
  • Norma Cartridge Norma Cartridge Quick View

    $1,999.99
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    Norma Cartridge

    Have 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.


    Here is the micro-manufacturing reality:


    Although most entry level cartridges from all manufacturers are machine made, ours are hand made. Even so, the reality is that when you are manufacturing something so tiny, that has to perform so well, all of them are NOT the same. If you don't see this statement from other manufacturers, then this is a secret they don't 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??


    YES.


    Some ask: 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 "advantage" 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, it's easier to control. If it's easier to control, the stylus can stay in better contact with the groove walls. That's good, because if you can't stay in contact with the groove walls, you can't hear what's on the record.


    Phono Cartridge Rebuilding and Stylus Retipping Services Available - Please inquire.

    Sound-Smith
    $1,999.99
    Norma Cartridge Buy Now
  • Otello Cartridge Otello Cartridge Quick View

    $480.00
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    Otello Cartridge

    Have 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.


    Here is the micro-manufacturing reality:


    Although most entry level cartridges from all manufacturers are machine made, ours are hand made. Even so, the reality is that when you are manufacturing something so tiny, that has to perform so well, all of them are NOT the same. If you don't see this statement from other manufacturers, then this is a secret they don't 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??


    YES.


    Some ask: 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 "advantage" 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, it's easier to control. If it's easier to control, the stylus can stay in better contact with the groove walls. That's good, because if you can't stay in contact with the groove walls, you can't hear what's on the record.


    Is a high gain moving coil preamp required? No. The Otello" 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.


    Phono Cartridge Rebuilding and Stylus Retipping Services Available - Please inquire.

    Sound-Smith
    $480.00
    Otello Cartridge Buy Now
  • Carmen Cartridge Carmen Cartridge Quick View

    $999.99
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    Carmen Cartridge

    Have 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.


    The Carmen cartridge by The Soundsmith (formerly SMMC3) has received numerous kudo's and accolades.....we love to produce this cartridge and receive Email responses about how much real music we have brought into the homes of Carmen owners. We built it with care, and ship it to you mounted in a hand finished Ebony mount.


    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 don't see this statement from other manufacturers, then this is a secret they don't 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??


    YES. Some ask: 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 "advantage" 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, it's easier to control. If it's easier to control, the stylus can stay in better contact with the groove walls. That's good, because if you can't stay in contact with the groove walls, you can't hear what's on the record.


    Is a high gain moving coil preamp required? No. Aida" 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 you've heard your new Carmen cartridge, you'll never go back. The price?? Oh yes, "less is more" applies here too $800.00


    Phono Cartridge Rebuilding and Stylus Retipping Services Available - Please inquire.

    Sound-Smith
    $999.99
    Carmen Cartridge Buy Now
  • Aida Cartridge Aida Cartridge Quick View

    $1,999.99
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    Aida Cartridge

    Have 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.


    "The Aida" 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 don't see this statement from other manufacturers, then this is a secret they don't 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??


    YES.


    Some ask:


    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 "advantage" 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, it's easier to control. If it's easier to control, the stylus can stay in better contact with the groove walls. That's good, because if you can't stay in contact with the groove walls, you can't hear what's on the record.


    Is a high gain moving coil preamp required? No. Aida" 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 you've heard your new Aida cartridge, you'll never go back. The price?? Oh yes, "less is more" applies here too... $1800.00


    Phono Cartridge Rebuilding and Stylus Retipping Services Available - Please inquire.

    Sound-Smith
    $1,999.99
    Aida Cartridge Buy Now
  • Concerto v2 Cartridge Concerto v2 Cartridge Quick View

    $3,000.00
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    Concerto v2 Cartridge


    With a dynamic range of up to 70 decibels and a total weight of only seven grams, the MC Concerto V2 qualifies itself for the top league of moving coil cartridges.


    Within this satin wood body the technology is outstanding, housing 24-carat gold coils and a patented eight-magnet array unique to our V2 range. Further champion-level ingredients are the boron cantilever and Micro HD stylus. A recipe to win the trophy of sound championship.

    Clearaudio Cartridges
    $3,000.00
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  • Sumiko Blackbird Hi Cartridge Sumiko Blackbird Hi Cartridge Quick View

    $1,249.00
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    Sumiko Blackbird Hi Cartridge


    Have 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.


    Open Architecture High Output MC Phono Cartridges


    Designed for exceedingly low noise levels, wide dynamic range and the highest possilbe fidelity in its price class, Blackbird is destined to become an analog classic. Each cartridge is assembled using time honored, labor intensive techniques, hand calibrated and critically auditioned to meet the most rigorous standards of consistancy.


    The main advantage of high output moving coil cartridges is the elimination of any additional gain stages, resulting in an overall reduction of the noise floor. With 2.5mV directly driving a standard 47k Ohm RIAA phono stage, the best possible signal to noise ratio is realized. Nothing but music emerges from your most treasured recordings.


    Moving Coil Cartridge Trade-In Program


    Sumiko offers the service of trading in worn or damaged Sumiko moving coil cartridges toward a new unit at a
    lower price. We have never "retipped" a cartridge as the word implies; Sumiko has always replaced a cartridge trade-in with a new unit. Please contact our audio advisor for more information.


    Sumiko
    $1,249.00
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  • Rega Ania MC Cartridge Rega Ania MC Cartridge Quick View

    $795.00
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    Rega Ania MC Cartridge

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    ANIA, REGA'S FIRST FORAY INTO THE WORLD OF BUDGET MC CARTS, IS REVOLUTIONARY JUST LIKE ITS BIG BROTHERS.


    APHETA, A BRIEF HISTORY:


    When Rega first announced the original Apheta in 2006, it changed the way people looked at the design of moving coil cartridges. Crafted without the tie-wire that plagued most every other MC cartridge, Apheta was iconoclastic like many Rega products. It was fast, clear, dynamic and insightful, garnering praise in many quarters of the high-end audio world. In 2015 and 2016, respectively, Rega pushed forward with new designs that brought about the reference Aphelion ($4995) and reborn Apheta 2 ($1895). These two carts are based on the original concepts but with the benefit of almost 10 years of experience and a complete overhaul of the cartridge manufacturing facilities. Now, Rega can build moving coil cartridges with a level of precision, speed, reliability, and height of technology they could only dream about way back when.


    ANIA, MOVING FORWARD:


    Having surmounted the challenge of perfecting the original and expanding their horizons, Rega set their eyes on fashioning a moving coil cartridge for less than half the price of the Apheta 2. Now, your first thought might be there's no way to preserve quality while lowering the price, and if this weren't Rega you might be right. But they are who they are, 40+ year specialists at making things better and more reasonably priced.


    Rega leaned hard on its engineers' expertise and that of their suppliers. The first challenge was to construct a new cartridge body that preserved that benefits and lowered the cost from the aluminum-bodied Apheta 2, a marvel in its own right. Here, computer modeling and expert tool making allowed Rega to build a body from PPS-Fortron, a sophisticated polymer-glass amalgam, that has a complex shape, keeping strength high, mass low, and unwanted resonances to an absolute minimum. The result is simply astonishing.


    Of course, Ania would not be a Rega moving coil if not for its unique tie-wire-less design. The tie-wire was originally conceived as a method to secure the cantilever, but this introduces nasty resonances that have to tuned-out with the undesired after effect of reducing detail and speed, unfortunately. Being the curious types and unwilling to compromise, Rega's engineers sought out a method that eliminates the pesky tie-wire. Thus was born the pivot pad, a rhomboid-shaped device that positively locates the cantilever, adds zero mass, improves strength, and allows free movement so that the stylus can more accurately track the groove. Brilliant!


    The generator of Ania is then formed by a floating iron cross attached to the inner tip of the cantilever, hand-wound with incredibly fine ultra-high purity copper wire. This iron cross is some 50% smaller than the original Apheta, making it one of the smallest, lightest weight generators in the world! These parts, including the high-power neodymium magnet, are borrowed directly from the doubly-priced Apheta 2. An elliptical stylus tops off the lightweight aluminum cantilever, while a CAD-designed plastic case protects the delicate internals from prying fingers and well-meaning feather dusters.


    All in all, the new Rega Ania moving coil cartridge demonstrates precisely what makes Rega great- unique solutions to age-old dilemmas, a commitment to quality, commanding performance, and a reasonable price. Did we mention, it's all still built in the UK?

    Rega Cartridges
    $795.00
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  • Talismann v2 Gold Cartridge Talismann v2 Gold Cartridge Quick View

    $2,000.00
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    Talismann v2 Gold Cartridge


    Due to its patented symmetrical arrangement of eight magnets and 24-carat gold wire coils the new Talisman V2 redefines the performance available at this price level and reveals the sonic potential of the second generation 'V2' series of Clearaudio moving coil cartridges.


    The legendary combination of a rigid boron cantilever and Micro HD diamond stylus extract even the finest details stored in the record's groove both effortlessly and meticulously to deliver an unprecedented performance. The 10.8-gram hand-polished ebony body not only impresses with its discreet elegance, but also contributes to the clear, captivating sound of this cartridge by perfectly suppressing resonances.

    Clearaudio Cartridges
    $2,000.00
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