Soundsmith Zephyr MKIII MI Cartridge 2.4mV (Low Compliance)
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Only $899.99! Regularly $1499.99! You Save $600!
A born in the USA American Classic!
An Unparalleled Warranty! Retip is only $299 and is guaranteed for 2 Full Years!
Be prepared to sit back and realize... you may have never really heard your record collection before!
The new Zephyr MK III has achieved what no other cartridge has done since its
inception; rapid recognition as a leading force in phono cartridge design and
performance. It also follows Soundsmith's tradition for their complete line of
cartridges - full restoration and stylus rebuilding when the time comes at 20%
of its price ~ $299 for rebuild. And they can do it many times over for you.
Imagine that - A new Zephyr MKIII cartridge for $299, every time it's needed.
The Soundsmith Zephyr MkIII enjoys a great history, starting with the well loved
VPI Zephyr original, which evolved into the well known Zephyr MKII. In their
effort to bring you even higher definition without increase in cost, Soundsmith
introduce the NEW Zephyr MKIII. It features a newly developed aluminum alloy -
the same one they are now using in the Paua MKII, just released. This new metal
alloy has unique dualistic properties, providing stiffness in the ranges
required as well as damping exactly where its needed - and by the proper amount
- in the most critical parts of the sonic spectrum. The result is a cartridge
that will slam your Rock and Roll while providing a new level of linearity and
clarity for the most complex classical and jazz passages.
Attached to their new cantilever material is a tiny new super low mass "High
Profile" Contact Line diamond they 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 their 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 they 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 their fixed coil designs are available in
An Unparalleled Warranty:
The Zephyr MK III Cartridge is covered for 2 full years. Retip is 20% of the
retail ($299). An absolutely unheard of warranty for cartridges. Made in the
USA, the Soundsmith cartridges are the best long term values around!
• Fixed Coil Cartridge Type
• Contact Line Stylus Type
• High Output
• Available as Dual Coil Mono
• Workmanship on this product is warranted for 2 full years
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 to 2.2 grams
Effective tip mass: 0.28 mg
Compliance: 10µm/mN (low compliance)
Frequency response: 15-45,000 Hz ± 2.0 dB
Channel Separation (stereo only): 1000 Hz >28 dB, 50-15,000 >25 dB
Channel difference: <1.0 dB (Stereo), <0.5 dB (Dual Mono operation- w/optimal
Output voltage: 2.4 mV
Cartridge weight: 10.27 grams
Stylus to Mounting Hole Offset: approximately 10mm (0.4")
Loading: Greater than or equal to 47 kohm
||Wow! Should have purchased this cartridge years ago!
|I know that I hate spending a lot of money for an audio component and then having that awful feeling in my stomach when the audio component does not meet my expectations. I am sure we all have been there! This was not the case with the Soundsmith Zephyr MKIII cartridge. This cartridge surpassed my expectations. It sounds great with my VPI Scout turntable. New vinyl sounds incredible and old vinyl that I thought was dead has now been brought back to life. Two thumbs up!|