Brand: Soundsmith


Soundsmith Aida MI Cartridge 2.12mV (High Compliance)

Availability: Discontinued
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Soundsmith Cartridges are Hand-Made upon order and are ready to ship in approximately 30 Days!

An Unparalleled Warranty! Retip is only $350 and is guaranteed for a Full Year!

“The Aida” cartridge by The Soundsmith is a hand selected version of their famous SMMC1 cartridge. Soundsmith selects it as special from their normal production run, and ship it to you mounted in a hand finished Ebony mount.

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.

Soundsmith carefully hand builds each and every cartridge, tests them, and keeps accurate records by serial number of their performance. Those that meet or exceed specifications are sold. But, there are always a few that measure much better than the other "great" ones... and Soundsmith selects these to be mounted in Ebony bodies, available to you as "selected" units.

Soundsmith 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, Soundsmith has 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.

An Unparalleled Warranty:
The Aida Cartridge is covered for a full one year. Retip is 20% of the retail ($350). An absolutely unheard of warranty for cartridges. Made in the USA, the Soundsmith cartridges are the best long term values around!

Stylus: Contact Line Nude, 0.100mm SQ
Radius of curvature: Optimized Contour Contact Line
Cantilever: Ruby
Recommended Tracking Force: 10mN / 1.0 gm
Tip Mass: 0.30 mg
Compliance: 28 um/mN
Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz +/- 2.5 dB
Channel Separation: 1000 Hz Greater Than 30 dB, 50-15,000 Hz Greater Than 20 dB Channel difference: Less Than 1.0 dB
Output voltage: Greater Than 0.6 mV/cm/sec. 5 cm/sec. Lat. RMS: Greater Than 2.12 mV
Cartridge weight: 6.8 grams
Load: Res. Greater Than or Equal To 47 kohms, Cap. Greater Than or Equal To 100 pF

1 Year Warranty
Retip: $350

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