Soundsmith Hyperion MI Cartridge 0.3mV (OC-CL Stylus, Low Compliance)
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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, Soundsmith’s new top-of-the-line moving-iron phono cartridge, utilizes a cactus needle cantilever. (That’s a cantilever made of a cactus needle.) ...the Hyperion’s cactus needle cantilever provides both stiffness and damping—qualities 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 immediate—bold and well-controlled—with vibrant colors and good senses of rhythm, touch, and scale." - Stephen Mejias, Stereophile Magazine
• 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: OCL
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)