Soundsmith The Voice Moving Iron Phono Cartridge
The voice is the only universal human instrument. Across cultures and continents, everywhere humans exist, the human voice is used to communicate and perhaps, to touch the divine. With that in mind, SoundSmith created The Voice, a cartridge with a sound so transcendent and pure as to truly convey the range of human emotion and the spirit of the human voice.
Whisper, Scream, Laugh, Cry
To properly convey all the human emotion and drama in a recording, The Voice needed something...more. Soundsmith eliminated 40% of The Voice's moving mass, creating greater responsiveness, lightning quick acceleration, superior damping and outstanding tracking ability. This cartridge lives up to its name, allowing every recording and every system to find its own voice.
The Voice is a medium weight cartridge at 6.8Gms making it compatible with a broad variety of tonearms and thanks to its 2.2mV output, The Voice works well with most MM phono preamps. All Soundsmith cartridges are Made in the USA.
Moving Iron Design
A Moving Iron cartridge design 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 the MI design are very low moving mass (greater resolution) and superior channel separation (better imaging).
Moving Iron History
Also called Moving Micro Cross, the Moving Iron concept was first introduced by Bang & Olufsen in 1978 and granted a patent shortly thereafter. The ultra-high compliance of MI designs made them a great match with B&O’s lightweight tonearms and, unfortunately, virtually unusable with modern (and heavier) tonearm designs. Thus, MI cartridges have never really entered the consciousness of audiophiles in the way that Moving Coil and Moving Magnet cartridges have, until now.
Made in the USA
Soundsmith is a specialty audio manufacturer located about an hour north of New York City. Founded in 1972, Soundsmith has achieved an enviable reputation in the audiophile world for outstanding sonic quality and extremely high-value products. Perhaps best known now for their work restoring cartridges and for their own line of Moving Iron cartridges, every Soundsmith product is hand-crafted in Soundsmith’s Peekskill, NY factory by a carefully selected team of artisans and engineers.
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