Inspired by Frank Schröder, designed by Peter Ledermann, Soundsmith's top of the line moving iron cartridge, Paua. 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 Paua has an incredibly low effective moving mass, resulting in vastly improved damping.
The lowered inertia means less stored energy in the moving system, so that primary
resonances that normally occur all but vanish. This moving iron design allows the required stationary magnetic parts to be rigidly held in exact position at all times. The fully shielded annealed case allows totally hum free operation, RF shielding, and extreme mechanical stability. For the first time it is possible to enjoy the virtues of our low effective moving mass architecture with the finest step ups and phono preamps for truly amazing vinyl replay.
"There is something very unique and special about the Paua mk II, that had literally glued me to the prolonged music listenings."
– Mono and Stereo, Upper Echelon Class Award
Significantly Reduced Internal Mass Means Decreased Noise
Soundsmith founder Peter Ledermann tirelessly worked to develop means to reduce the internal moving mass of Sotto Voce by an awe-inspiring factor of five 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.
Use With Confidence: Paua Can Be Rebuilt at Fraction of Original Cost
Paua 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.
Best of Both Worlds: 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.