Soundsmith Zephyr Star MIMC Phono Cartridge
Luxurious High-End Analog Performance and Premium Value: Soundsmith Zephyr Star MIMC Phono Cartridge Offers Exceptional Channel Separation, Ultra-Wide Soundstaging, Three-Dimensional Detail
Soundsmith lowers the cost barrier to outstanding high-end analog performance with the stunning-sounding Zephyr Star MIMC phono cartridge. A low-output audiophile design that can be rebuilt for a fraction of the original cost, Zephyr Star is anchored by a laser-drilled Sapphire cantilever custom-made to accept a selected contact-line low-mass nude stylus. Featuring trickle-down technology taken from the manufacturer's $4,800 Sussuro cartridge, Zephyr Star offers exceptionally quiet operation, premium channel separation, and canyon-wide soundstages. This U.S.A.-built cartridge not only offers the distinctive advantages wrought by moving-iron models (for more, see below) – but spoils you with reference-quality sonics previously only available from cartridges with much higher price points. Its tracking abilities, microdynamic information retrieval, transient responsiveness, and smoothness put it into a class of its own given the cost. Add in robust bottom-end presence, airy highs, and fantastic tonal balance, and the cutting-edge Zephyr Star lives up to its name – and then some.
"As the measurements predicted, the Zephyr Star produced as wide a soundstage as I've experienced in my room: wide, deep, stable, and three-dimensional. Images on the stage were three-dimensional and satisfyingly solid. More impressive was the presentation's liquidity and complete freedom from mechanical artifacts."
– Michael Fremer, Analog Planet
A Sound Investment: Zephyr Star Can Be Rebuilt at a Fraction of the Original Cost
Zephyr Star 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.