Brand: Soundsmith


Soundsmith Sotto Voce MI Cartridge 1.1mV (Medium Compliance)

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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 $450 and is guaranteed for a Full Year!

The Soundsmith Sotto Voce, literally “soft voice”, is based on the now legendary ad multi-award winning The Voice Moving Iron Cartridge.

Soundsmith is pleased to announce the Sotto Voce Medium Output cartridge designed to fill the need for audiophiles that have moderate gain preamplifiers from such esteemed manufacturers as Conrad-Johnson and Audio Research among many others!

Peter Ledermann designed the Sotto Voce cartridge to perform flawlessly in preamps that utilize a FIXED 48dB-54dB gain structure. No longer is there any fear of overloading with a high output MM cartridge or having to ramp up the volume with a low output MC type.

Based on Peter’s now classic The Voice Moving Iron design, the Sotto Voce moderate output cartridge gives the same level of performance as its sibling. Without any tradeoffs, this new medium output cartridge will breathe new life and alter expectations from audio system front-ends with moderate gain!

“Sotto Voce” cartridge by The Soundsmith makes a 'soft' but 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 “Sotto Voce” 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.

Once you’ve heard the “Sotto Voce”, you’ll never go back.

An Unparalleled Warranty:
The Sotto Voce Cartridge is covered for a full one year. Retip is less than 20% of the retail ($450). 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: 13mN / 1.3 gm
Tip Mass: 0.30 mg
Compliance: 22 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 25 dB
Channel difference: Less Than 0.5 dB
Output voltage: Greater Than 0.6 mV/cm/sec.
5 cm/sec. Lat. RMS: Greater Than 1.1 mV
Cartridge weight: 6.8 grams
Load: 1500 Ohms or Greater

1 Year Warranty
Retip: $450

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