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Sotto Voce Cartridge

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Sotto Voce
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 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??


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 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.

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

Radius of curvature: OCL (Optimized Contour Contact Line)
Cantilever: Ruby
Recommended Tracking force: 10mN / 1.0 gm (high) 13mN / 1.3 gm (medium)
Effective tip mass: 0.30 mg
Compliance: 28 μm/mN (high) 22 μm/mN (medium)
Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz Ī 1.0 dB
Channel Separation (stereo only): 1000 Hz >30 dB 50-15,000 >25 dB
Channel difference: <0.5 dB (Stereo) <1.0 dB (Mono)
Output voltage THE VOICE: 2.12 mV
Output voltage SOTTO VOCE: 1.1 mV
Cartridge weight: 6.8 Grams
Loading THE VOICE: ≥ 47 kΩ
Loading SOTTO VOCE: ≥ 1.5 kΩ

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