Soundsmith Aida MI Cartridge 2.12mV (Medium Compliance)
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ďThe AidaĒ 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 donít see this statement from other manufacturers, then this is a "secret" they donít 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 ďadvantageĒ 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, 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.
Is a high gain moving coil preamp required? No. "AidaĒ 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 youíve heard your new Aida cartridge, youíll never go back.
Stylus: Contact Line Nude, 0.100mm SQ
Radius of curvature: Optimized Contour Contact Line
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 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: Resistance >/= 47 kohms, Capacitance: 100 - 200 pF
||Soundsmith Aida Rocks
|This baby rocks. I have a Clearaudio Concerto which gets a little more detail out of the groove, but I use the Aida when I want some serious dynamics and fun. It is perfect for rock and jazz where concerto may have an edge for soft classical and voice. Also the Concerto is just too fragile and expensive to fix. All Soundsmiths are relatively easy and cheap to fix.|