An Unparalleled Warranty! The Hyperion is guaranteed for 10 Full Years which includes Free Retipping to the Original Owner!
Further inspired by Frank Schroder, designed and hand built personally 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 Soundsmith GROWS 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 desiccated 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 Soundsmith feels is the best cantilever that can be built. Used in conjunction with their most highly refined Moving Iron cartridge design, the Hyperion has realized their hope - to further resolve the enjoyment of vinyl replay. Soundsmith's 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.
"The Hyperion, Soundsmiths new top-of-the-line moving-iron phono cartridge, utilizes a cactus needle cantilever. (Thats a cantilever made of a cactus needle.) ...the Hyperions cactus needle cantilever provides both stiffness and dampingqualities which, according to Ledermann, had previously been mutually exclusive... We listened to some music. The sound was not prickly or thorny at all. It was clean, clear, and immediatebold and well-controlledwith vibrant colors and good senses of rhythm, touch, and scale." - Stephen Mejias, Stereophile Magazine
An Unparalleled Warranty:
The Hyperion Cartridge is covered for a full 10 years, including free retipping (!!!) to the original owner. An absolutely unheard of warranty for cartridges. To take advantage of the Free Retipping, the customer must be the original owner, must have filled out and sent in the warranty/registration for the cartridge at the time of purchase and must contact Soundsmith directly requesting the retip. After warranty has expired, retip is less than 12% of the retail ($850). Typical retip time is 4-6 weeks. Made in the USA, the Soundsmith cartridges are the best long term values around!
Soundsmith's 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) with Selected Contact Line Nude diamond styli
Composite body featuring impedance matched energy transmission system
Virtually hum-free operation due to six sided HyMu80 magnetic shielding
Tracks from 1.8 to 2.2 grams
Channel separation : > 36 dB
Compliance = 10
Body Weight = 10.25 Grams
Output = 0.3mV
10 Year Warranty includes Free Retipping to the original owner
Stylus: Contact Line Nude, 0.100mm SQ
Radius of curvature: CL
Cantilever: Hand formed selected Cactus Needle
Recommended Tracking force: 1.8 to 2.2 Grams
Effective tip mass: 0.30 mg
Compliance: 10 µm/mN (low compliance)
Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz ± 1.0 dB
Channel Separation (stereo only) 1000 Hz >36 dB, 50-15,000 >25 dB
Channel difference: <0.5 dB (Stereo)
Output voltage: 5 cm/sec. Lat. RMS 0.3 mV
Cartridge weight: 10.25 Grams
Load: Loading range 300-800 Ohms recommended load
Retip: (Free Under Warranty, After 10 year Warranty $850)