Soundsmith Sotto Voce Moving Iron Phono Cartridge
Based on Soundsmith's Award-Winning and Flagship High-Output The Voice: Hand-Made Soundsmith Sotto Voce Moving-Iron Phono Cartridge Tailored for Fixed-Gain Preamps
Single Crystal Ruby Cantilever, Highly Polished OC-CL Stylus, Medium-Output Design: Soundsmith Sotto Voce MI Phono Cartridge Offers Groundbreaking Performance In Price Class
Based off Soundsmith's flagship high-output moving-iron cartridge, the award-winning Voice, the medium-output Soundsmith Sotto Voce moving-iron phono cartridge offers groundbreaking performance in its price class. Hand-made in the U.S.A. by Soundsmith chief engineer Peter Ledermann, and adorned with a single crystal ruby cantilever and highly polished OC-CL stylus, Sotto Voce is tailored for fixed-gain preamplifiers. This striking cartridge provides a generous taste of reference high-end analog sound distinguished by revealing detail, lifelike airiness, and involving reproduction of instruments and voices. Its ultra-low moving mass and excellent rigidity extend Soundsmith's tradition of perfectionist design. A choice solution for music lovers that demand an outstanding-sounding medium-output cartridge, the medium-compliance Sotto Voce is music to our ears.
Medium-Output Sotto Voce Mates With Medium-to-Heavy 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. Sotto Voce needs a 1500-ohm to 47k-ohm load and 48-54dB of gain. It is a medium-compliance design and works wonderfully on almost all medium-to-heavy tonearms. A sister cartridge to the award-winning Voice, Sotto Voce boasts some of the most important developments in cartridge research and design of the past 40 years.
Significantly Reduced Internal Mass Decreases 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: Sotto Voce Can Be Rebuilt
Sotto Voce 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. 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.
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