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.
As always from Soundsmith, all our fixed coil designs are available in dual-coil mono.
Cartridge Type: Fixed Coil
Stylus Type: Contact Line
Available As Dual Coil Mono: Yes
Type: • Fixed Coil / Moving Iron
Mount: • Standard ½”
Stylus: • Ultra Low Mass Nude High Profile Contact Line
Radius of Curvature: • 6 x 17 µm
Cantilever: • New Soundsmith Aluminun Aluminum Alloy
Recommended Tracking Force: • 1.8 – 2.2 g
Effective Tip Mass: • 0.28 mg
Compliance: • 10 µm/mN
Frequence Response: • 15 – 45,000 Hz ± 2.0 dB
Channel Separation @ 1000 Hz: • > 28 dB
• N/A (Mono version)
Channel Separation @ 50 – 15,000 Hz: • > 25 dB
• N/A (Mono version)
Channel Difference: • < 1.0 dB
• < 0.5 dB (Dual Mono w/optimal VTF setting)
Output Voltage @ 5cm/sec: • > 2.40 mV (HIGH)
DC Resistance (DCR): • 680Ω
Coil Inductance per channel: • 190 mH
Suggested Preamp Gain: • 38 – 44 dB
Cartridge Weight: • 12.2 g (ES series)
Recommended Load Resistance: • ≥ 47kΩ
Recommended Load Capacitance: • n/a
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