Reference-Grade High-Output Phono Cartridge Disappears and Leaves Nothing Between You and Your Vinyl LPs: Soundsmith The Voice ES Moving-Iron Design Offers Breathtaking Transparency
Once you put Soundsmith's flagship high-output moving-iron phono cartridge, The Voice ES, in your analog chain, you'll soon forget it's even there. OK, we can guess what some of you might be thinking: Why spend a healthy amount on a cartridge if we won't even notice it in the system? Because of the way it magically disappears and leaves only the sound of the vinyl LPs. Seemingly devoid of any sonic signature, The Voice ES gets out of the way of everything in the manner of the finest reference-grade audio components. True to its name, The Voice ES is all about the purity, naturalism, and unfettered presentation of the music you love.
Equipped with a single-crystal ruby cantilever and Soundsmith's optimized contour line-contact stylus, the hand-built The Voice ES distinguishes itself with a specialized metallurgy for the low-mass moving-iron system that still allows for incredibly high output. The result: Profound degrees of imaging, dynamics, scaling, tonality, and airiness complemented by see-through transparency that makes spinning vinyl a breathtaking experience. And like all Soundsmith models, The Voice ES includes a two-year manufacturer's warranty to the original owner – and can be rebuilt for a fraction of its original price, giving you another win on your investment.
The U.S.A.-crafted Voice ES offers further benefits in the form of a significant evolution of Soundsmith's DEMS (Dynamic Energy Management System) design. ES cartridges direct internal vibrational forces without reflection and disperse them properly to the tonearm. Such absence of reflections enables the stylus to stay in far greater statistical contact with the groove walls, leading to increased liquidity, reduced "grain," and preservation of valuable detail. Azimuth adjustment is also built into each model, along with the option for electrical isolation for hum-prone systems.
Advantages of Moving-Iron Designs
A moving-iron cartridge has both the magnets and the coils fixed in place. A very low-mass and extremely precisely wound iron cross is affixed to the cantilever/stylus assembly and placed between the magnets and coils. As the iron cross moves in the magnetic field, it generates signal voltage. Since only the iron cross moves, more coil windings (higher output) and heavier magnets (more powerful) may be used without penalty. Other advantages to MI designs are very low moving mass (greater resolution) and superior channel separation (better imaging).
Buy With Confidence: The Voice ES Can Be Rebuilt for 20% of the Original Cost
The Voice ES benefits from infallible customer support and a wonderful safety net. Soundsmith is the only high-end cartridge company that rebuilds its own products at a fraction of the original price – no matter what the issue. Equally important, moving-iron cartridges can always be rebuilt, unlike MC designs sometimes damaged beyond possible repair.
Soundsmith Moving-Iron Cartridges Offer Best of Both Worlds
Enjoy the best of both worlds: Soundsmith's moving-iron cartridges encompass the advantages of moving-coil and moving-magnet designs while simultaneously lessening or eliminating the respective approaches' deficiencies. Boasting extraordinary tracking abilities that let them effortlessly sail through complex musical passages, a warm and detailed character, exceptional transient response, and a full sound that completes entire notes and finishes instrumental structures, Soundsmith models exude natural musicality and high-end design.
Mount: Standard 1/2"
Stylus: Contact Line, Nude, 0.10 mm square Selected
Radius of Curvature: Optimized Contour Contact Line
Recommended Tracking Force:
1.3 - 1.6 g Standard (Medium Compliance)
1.0 - 1.2 g (Special Order High Compliance)
Effective Tip Mass: 0.30 mg
22 µm/mN (Medium Compliance)
28 µm/mN (High Compliance)
Frequence Response: 20 - 20,000 Hz ± 1.0 dB
Channel Separation @ 1000 Hz: > 30 dB
Channel Separation @ 50 - 15,000 Hz: > 20 dB
Channel Difference: < 1.0 dB
Output Voltage @ 5cm/sec: > 2.12 mV
DC Resistance (DCR): 680Ω
Coil Inductance per channel: 190 mH
Suggested Preamp Gain: 38 - 44 dB
Cartridge Weight: 6.80 g
Recommended Load Resistance: ≥ 47kΩ