Soundsmith Mezzo Moving Iron Phono Cartridge
Ingenious Damping and Energy-Distribution Systems Drive Hand-Made Soundsmith Mezzo Moving-Iron Phono Cartridge to Thrilling Analog Heights
Single Crystal Ruby Cantilever, Exotic Highly Polished OC-CL Stylus, Medium-Output Design Distinguish Soundsmith Mezzo MI Phono Cartridge: U.S.-Made Analog Component Is Sister Cartridge of Soundsmith Sussurro
The medium-output Soundsmith Mezzo moving-iron phono cartridge combines a state-of-the-art damping system and innovative energy distribution to turn vinyl LPs into events on the order of live performances you witness in your room. Hand-made to order in the U.S.A. by Soundsmith lead designer Peter Ledermann, and featuring a single crystal ruby cantilever and an exotic highly polished OC-CL stylus, Mezzo makes high-end audio come to life with sensational realism. Its ultra-low moving mass, perfectionist-minded rigidity, and stunning elimination of unwanted resonances owe to supreme engineering and utmost musicality. On each record you spin, you'll hear further into the soundstages, detect new microdynamics and information, bask in tonal warmth, and enjoy dead-quiet playback that leaves nothing between you and your cherished music.
"It was also quite striking how quiet the cartridge was when traveling through the grooves of each record -- the vanishingly small level of surface noise that the Mezzo reproduces is quite an accomplishment. But what was much more noticeable even early in the review process after only a playing a few records was that the Mezzo sounded like real music."
—Tom Lyle, Enjoy the Music, March 2015
Medium-Output Design Mates With Medium-to-High-Mass Arms
Soundsmith's medium-output range of cartridges addresses the needs of "fixed gain" preamplifiers that require a 1.1mV output design—or, preamp designs that avoid the use of a step-up transformer. Mezzo needs a 1500-ohm to 47k-Ohm load and 48-54dB of gain. It is a low-compliance design and works marvelously on almost all medium-to-high-mass arms. A sister cartridge to Soundsmith Sussurro, Mezzo boasts some of the most important developments in cartridge research and design of the past 40 years.
Six-Times Less the Internal Moving Mass of an MC Design
Soundsmith founder Peter Ledermann tirelessly worked to develop means to reduce the internal moving mass of Mezzo by an awe-inspiring factor of six times less than any moving-coil design. He then found internal methods of correctly getting the "stored energy" (inertia) moved through the cartridge body, allowing the tonearm to damp out unwanted reflected energy that would otherwise go back down the cantilever and cause stylus jitter.
Mezzo Can Always Be Rebuilt at Fraction of Original Cost
Mezzo 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.
Advantages of Soundsmith Moving-Iron Cartridges
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. Built here in the U.S., and outfitted with either aluminum or ruby cantilevers, we guarantee you'll love your new Soundsmith the moment it hits your favorite records' grooves.