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  • Sumiko Pearl Cartridge Sumiko Pearl Cartridge Quick View

    $119.00
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    Sumiko Pearl Cartridge


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    Enclosed Architecture High Output MM Phono Cartridge


    Moving magnet, alloy cantilever, bonded elliptical stylus, and 4.0-mV output.


    Sumiko
    $119.00
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  • Helios Cartridge Helios Cartridge Quick View

    $7,999.95
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    Helios Cartridge

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    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.

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

    $4,999.99
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    Mezzo Cartridge

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    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

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    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
  • Sussurro Cartridge Sussurro Cartridge Quick View

    $4,800.00
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    Sussurro Cartridge

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    Inspired by Frank Schröder, designed and individually crafted by Peter Ledermann.....Soundsmith's long awaited NEW top of the line moving Iron cartridge ~ The Sussurro ~


    Frank Schröder is not only a highly gifted tone arm designer and builder but also one of the most insightful audio engineers alive today. In an informal meeting at an audio show it would have been easy to have overlooked his suggestion that I work on a low output moving iron cartridge design. However his reasoning was impeccable and the seed for a new product was sown. Frank has been testing our prototypes throughout the development phase, providing his insightful and invaluable feedback along the way.


    But the other inside story of The Sussurro is that it is a cartridge designed to specifically address the most critical issues of cartridge design. Because the laws of physics don't change all that often, cartridges must adhere to first principles, and do it carefully - to get sublime results.


    In accord with those laws, the Sussurro has an unbelievably low effective moving mass. Among the important benefits of that is the increased effect of the damping system - which means it can be reduced - a critical requirement for retrieving micro detail and not glossing over what you want to hear. The unique Sussurro damping system has been critically tuned as well ~ so that ALL primary resonances are absolutely tamed. Then all critical stationary parts are fixed rigidly within its tiny magnetic structure and the fully shielded magnetic case is engineered for extreme stability - holding all non-moving parts in exact position at all times.


    Finally, an innovative energy distribution system designed to effectively transfer the mechanical energy away from the cantilever through the cartridge body into the tone arm.


    We are very pleased. You will be too - but be cautioned - when you cue down to listen to just one track, you will wind up playing the complete side and be very late for your meeting. Happens every time.


    Peter Ledermann


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

    Sound-Smith
    $4,800.00
    Sussurro 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
  • Ortofon OM-5E Phono Cartridge Ortofon OM-5E Phono Cartridge Quick View

    $70.00
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    Ortofon OM-5E Phono Cartridge

    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 OM 5E is a magnetic cartridge (MM) with an elliptical shaped stylus that provides balanced and distortion-free playback for general purpose applications.

    Ortofon Cartridges
    $70.00
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  • Sumiko Black Pearl Cartridge Sumiko Black Pearl Cartridge Quick View

    $100.00
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    Sumiko Black Pearl Cartridge


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    Enclosed Architecture High Output MM Phono Cartridge


    Moving magnet, alloy cantilever bonded spherical stylus, and 4.0-mV output.


    Sumiko
    $100.00
    Enclosed Architecture High Output MM Phono Cartridge Buy Now
  • Sumiko Oyster Cartridge Sumiko Oyster Cartridge Quick View

    $79.00
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    Sumiko Oyster Cartridge


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    Enclosed Architecture High Output MM Phono Cartridge


    Moving magnet, alloy cantilever, bonded spherical stylus, and 4.0-mV output.


    Sumiko
    $79.00
    Enclosed Architecture High Output MM Phono Cartridge Buy Now
  • Prestige Series Green Cartridge Prestige Series Green Cartridge Quick View

    $95.00
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    Prestige Series Green Cartridge

    The Prestige (and upscale Reference) cartridges from Grado are the first released since the elder Grado's retirement, but they mark an evolution, not dramatic change, of the classic Grado style. There are three basic levels in the Prestige lineup: Black/Green, Blue/Red, and Silver/Gold. In each of these pairings, the latter model is the same as the former, but is able to meet more astringent test specifications. The Green, for instance, is taken from the top 15% of the Black models production.


    The newly redesigned Black1 and Green1 have had their coil design reconfigured, and the effective moving mass of their generating system has been reduced by 17%. The Black1 and Green1 models use a three piece OTL cantilever technology, standard oxygen free wire in the coils and Grado's specially designed elliptical diamond mounted in a brass bushing. The Green1 model is selected from the Black1 production run and meets higher test specifications. Approximately 15% of the production run will meet these standards and become Green1 models.


    The Prestige Green is furnished with suitable mounting hardware and the unique tool required to separate stylus assembly from cartridge body. Separating the stylus assembly from the cartridge body with the tool can be tricky, so proceed with caution, lest you end up with the cartridge body in your hand and the stylus embedded in a nearby wall.


    One review states: an there be anything much better? Well, there can: the Signature handily tops the Green in terms of the detail, depth and overload point. However, with a $60.00 list price, the Grado Prestige Green is a cartridge most people will find thoroughly enjoyable for nearly all kinds of music, especially if their system is very slightly laid back. At it's price, it simply can't be beaten! If you have a moderately-priced turntable lurking in your closet, pull it out, get a Grado prestige Green, install it and LISTEN TO THE MUSIC. You'll enjoy!


    Frequency Response: 10-55

    Principal: MI

    Channel Separation at 1KHz: 30

    Input Load: 47K

    Output at 1KHz 5CM/Sec.: 5mV

    Recommended Tracking Force: 1.5

    Stylus Type: E

    Inductance: 45mH

    Resistance: 475

    Compliance CUs: 20

    Stylus Replacement F: U

    Mounting: S/P

    Weight: 5.5




    This product is not eligible for discount.

    Grado Cartridges
    $95.00
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  • Smart Stylus Gauge Smart Stylus Gauge Quick View

    $25.00
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    Smart Stylus Gauge

    This mechanical tracking force gauge is the easiest way to adjust the cartridge's tracking force.



    Clearaudio Accessories
    $25.00
    Smart Stylus Gauge Buy Now
  • Zerodust Stylus Tip Cleaner Zerodust Stylus Tip Cleaner Quick View

    $69.99
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    Zerodust Stylus Tip Cleaner

    Stereophile Editors Editors Editors


    The Zerodust is Our Best-Selling, Non-Fluid Based Stylus Cleaner! No More Hard Bristled Brushes!


    After a few seconds, you lift the stylus, and it's as clean and residue-free as the proverbial whistle...

    - Michael Fremer, Stereophile, Vol25 No.3


    This fresh approach to stylus cleaning has saved all of us from the fear of hard bristled brushes and over applying dangerous fluids. Clean your stylus simply and effectively with the Zerodust from Japan. This space-age polymer bubble allows you to simply lower your stylus onto its surface, then quickly lift the arm lever and youre done! Watch as the stylus tip slowly sinks into the baby soft surface, leaving behind an impression with the stylus debris left behind! This unique device will last a lifetime, can be cleaned with tap water, and can extend the life of your cartridge! Comes complete with a magnifier to inspect your stylus! Our highest recommendation!

    Accessories
    $69.99
    Record Cleaning Accessory Buy Now
  • Rega Elys 2 Cartridge Rega Elys 2 Cartridge Quick View

    $295.00
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    Rega Elys 2 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 Rega Elys 2 is a Moving Magnet cartridge that uses uses an elliptical diamond stylus. Offering outstanding sound quality, this cartridge is highly recommended for any turntable, but is the perfect choice for your Rega turntable!


    Innovation


    Recent developments in coil winding techniques have allowed us to use our innovative parallel wound coil in our entire range. This technique uses approximately one third less wire than our previous models, thus producing a more efficient and reduced mass cartridge.


    About Rega Cartridges:


    Rega have worked hard on extracting even more performance from the new range of cartridges - generating superior sound and dynamic quality at no extra cost over their predecessors.


    Rega have improved production methods utilizing new technology which has become available. All you have to do is listen!

    Rega Cartridges
    $295.00
    Rega Elys 2 Cartridge Buy Now
  • Zephyr MIMC Star Cartridge Zephyr MIMC Star Cartridge Quick View

    $1,999.95
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    Zephyr MIMC Star 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.


    Responding to the demand for a lower priced, low output design for those who own high gain preamps, the Soundsmith recently developed the Zephyr MIMC, which follows in the footsteps of the highly successful high-output Zephyr II. The handcrafted Zephyr MIMC (Moving Iron for Moving Coil Preamps) is based on the world-famous Sussurro cartridge and captures the gist of the latter's sonic signature at a much more reasonable price. The Zephyr MIMC has been specifically designed to complement both unipivot arms and gimbaled bearing arms. Its sonic attributes include evenly balanced frequency response, dynamic shadings and remarkable detail retrieval; its slam will leave even the most die-hard analog buffs.


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

    Sound-Smith
    $1,999.95
    Zephyr MIMC Star Cartridge Buy Now
  • Ortofon Stylus Pressure Gauge Ortofon Stylus Pressure Gauge Quick View

    $15.00
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    Ortofon Stylus Pressure Gauge

    Ortofon Stylus pressure gauge
    Ortofon Cartridges
    $15.00
    Stylus Pressure Gauge Buy Now
  • Sotto Voce Cartridge Sotto Voce Cartridge Quick View

    $2,999.99
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    Sotto Voce 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
    $2,999.99
    Sotto Voce Cartridge Buy Now
  • The Voice Cartridge The Voice Cartridge Quick View

    $2,999.99
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    The Voice Cartridge

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    WINNER! PRODUCT OF THE YEAR AWARD - 2009 - StereoMojo


    WINNER! ANALOG PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2009 - TONEAUDIO


    "The Voice" cartridge by The Soundsmith makes a clear statement amidst the other voices of high performance phono cartridges.


    Our statement?? Ikebana. Less is more.


    It overturns the myth that moving coil cartridges are the only path towards perfection. After all, what is the "advantage" of the moving coil type of cartridge? Low effective moving mass, right? We got less. Much less. And if you understand moving mass, Less IS more.


    The 40 year evolution of "The Voice" cartridge affords lower effective moving mass than any of them. Far lower. It even has 40% less than our other moving iron designs! Why is that good? Because when you lower the moving 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 moving coil preamp required? No. "The Voice" is designed to be used with a Moving Magnet preamp. No transformers. No finicky multi-stage ultra high gain preamp required. Less is more here, too.


    Once you've heard "The Voice", you'll never go back. The price?? Oh yes, "less is more" applies here too.


    The Voice is NOW available as a production version, precision installed in a hand crafted Ebony mount for $2800.00.


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

    Sound-Smith
    $2,999.99
    The Voice Cartridge Buy Now
  • Zephyr MK/III Cartridge Zephyr MK/III Cartridge Quick View

    $1,499.99
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    Zephyr MK/III 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 new Zephyr MK III has achieved what no other cartridge has done since its inception; rapid recognition as a leading force in phono cartridge design and performance.


    The Soundsmith Zephyr MkIII enjoys a great history, starting with the well loved VPI Zephyr original, which evolved into the well known Zephyr MKII. In our effort to bring you even higher definition without increase in cost, we introduce the NEW Zephyr MKIII. It features a newly developed aluminum alloy - the same one we are now using in the Paua MKII, just released. This new metal alloy has unique dualistic properties, providing stiffness in the ranges required as well as damping exactly where its needed - and by the proper amount - in the most critical parts of the sonic spectrum. The result is a cartridge that will slam your Rock and Roll while providing a new level of linearity and clarity for the most complex classical and jazz passages.


    Attached to our new cantilever material is a tiny new super low mass High Profile Contact Line diamond we have developed for the new Zephyr MKIII. This stylus traces more of the groove walls than a standard contact line, but avoids some of the alignment pitfalls that can occur with a high profile contact line design, allowing more azimuth alignment forgiveness than is normally possible with such designs.


    These improvements are paired with technology borrowed from our higher end line; Trickle Down technology from a unique Dynamic Energy Management System (DEMS) developed by Soundsmith that moves the damped energy and propagates it properly within the cartridge body. This is a similar system we employ in the Soundsmith's well received and reviewed high end Sussurro Cartridge.


    The new Zephyr MKIII is capable of truly remarkable separation and sound stage imaging at a level not previously achievable in a modestly priced design. The composite body and unique DEMS design work in tandem to contribute to the Zephyr MkIII's ability to produce high-end performance from a moderately priced cartridge. Be prepared to sit back and realize......you may have never really heard your record collection before.


    The Zephyr MkIII will provide a level of clarity and beauty that will make you take out your record collection and listen to it all over again.


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

    Sound-Smith
    $1,499.99
    Zephyr MK/III Cartridge Buy Now
  • Hyperion CL Cartridge Hyperion CL Cartridge Quick View

    $7,500.00
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    Hyperion CL 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.


    Further inspired by Frank Schröder, designed by Peter Ledermann... Soundsmith's NEW top of the line moving
    Iron cartridge ~ The Hyperion ~ The laws of physics dictate how moving systems operate, therefore cartridges must strictly adhere to first principles to get sublime results. In accord with these laws, the Hyperion's Cactus needle Cantilever has the best of all worlds - thanks to Mother Nature. Other Cantilevers are synthesized -
    we GROW these.


    Superior cantilever designs have always employed tapered cantilevers - Hard to do with aluminum, and all but impossible with the super hard and durable materials, such as boron, ruby or diamond. Cantilevers must also have dualistic qualities that are mutually exclusive; both stiffness and damping are required.


    The tapered, longitudinal stacked columnar fibers, stacked and damped with desicated resin are exactly what one would build if one could - fortunately "nature" has done it for us. The best of both worlds - extreme rigidity, internal damping, and tremendous strength define what we feel is the best cantilever that can be built. Used in conjunction with our most highly refined Moving Iron cartridge design, the Hyperion has realized our hope - to further resolve our enjoyment of vinyl replay. Our moving iron design allows the required stationary magnetic parts to be rigidly held in exact position at all times thereby allowing dramatic reduction of the moving mass in the generating system. Our fully shielded design allows totally hum free operation, RF shielding, and extreme mechanical stability.


    MC Preamp compatible - loading 1K or greater

    Ultra low effective moving mass resulting in superlative transient and micro detail performance

    Precision formed Cactus Needle Cantilever (Patents Pending)

    Available with Selected Contact Line or Optimized Contour Nude diamond styli

    Composite body featuring impedance matched energy transmission system


    The Hyperion makes it possible to enjoy the virtues of our low effective moving mass architecture with the finest step ups and phono preamps. (Patents Pending)


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

    Sound-Smith
    $7,500.00
    Hyperion CL Cartridge Buy Now
  • Hyperion OCL Cartridge Hyperion OCL Cartridge Quick View

    $7,500.00
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    Hyperion OCL 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.


    Further inspired by Frank Schröder, designed by Peter Ledermann... Soundsmith's NEW top of the line moving
    Iron cartridge ~ The Hyperion ~ The laws of physics dictate how moving systems operate, therefore cartridges must strictly adhere to first principles to get sublime results. In accord with these laws, the Hyperion's Cactus needle Cantilever has the best of all worlds - thanks to Mother Nature. Other Cantilevers are synthesized -
    we GROW these.


    Superior cantilever designs have always employed tapered cantilevers - Hard to do with aluminum, and all but impossible with the super hard and durable materials, such as boron, ruby or diamond. Cantilevers must also have dualistic qualities that are mutually exclusive; both stiffness and damping are required.


    The tapered, longitudinal stacked columnar fibers, stacked and damped with desicated resin are exactly what one would build if one could - fortunately "nature" has done it for us. The best of both worlds - extreme rigidity, internal damping, and tremendous strength define what we feel is the best cantilever that can be built. Used in conjunction with our most highly refined Moving Iron cartridge design, the Hyperion has realized our hope - to further resolve our enjoyment of vinyl replay. Our moving iron design allows the required stationary magnetic parts to be rigidly held in exact position at all times thereby allowing dramatic reduction of the moving mass in the generating system. Our fully shielded design allows totally hum free operation, RF shielding, and extreme mechanical stability.


    MC Preamp compatible - loading 1K or greater

    Ultra low effective moving mass resulting in superlative transient and micro detail performance

    Precision formed Cactus Needle Cantilever (Patents Pending)

    Available with Selected Contact Line or Optimized Contour Nude diamond styli

    Composite body featuring impedance matched energy transmission system


    The Hyperion makes it possible to enjoy the virtues of our low effective moving mass architecture with the finest step ups and phono preamps. (Patents Pending)


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

    Sound-Smith
    $7,500.00
    Hyperion OCL Cartridge Buy Now
  • Goldfinger Statement Cartridge Goldfinger Statement Cartridge Quick View

    $15,000.00
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    Goldfinger Statement Cartridge


    For the first time in a cartridge, the MC Goldfinger Statement features twelve magnets, perfectly matched and symmetrical enabling the system to reach a dynamic range of 100 decibels. For the Clearaudio engineering team this represents the fulfillment of an audiophile dream that seemed long unattainable.


    This cartridge deserves to play the best recordings of all time. In order to 'feed' the moving coil (MC) Goldfinger Statement with adequate music material, Clearaudio founded a music production department specialized in audiophile recordings of all genres.


    The MC Goldfinger Statement is also the first cartridge with integrated RF shielding. The outstanding sound quality of this world-class cartridge is the stunning result of meticulously detailed development and fine-tuning of all of the important criteria. The breakthrough came with the use of a 30 per cent thinner 24-carat gold wire for the coils, a precision-milled gold mounting for the magnet array and a body made of solid 14-carat gold - essential core components for the ultimate cartridge masterpiece. The world famous Micro HD diamond stylus provides the best detail retrieval of all time. A flawless diamond on its facia beautifully adorns the MC Goldfinger Statement.


    Peter Suchy calls this miracle of a cartridge 'our magnum opus'.

    Clearaudio Cartridges
    $15,000.00
    Moving Coil Cartridge Buy Now
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