Aida MKII Moving Iron ES Phono Cartridge
All Soundsmith cartridges are handmade to order in Peekskill, NY. Peter Ledderman, the founder of Soundsmith, makes many of them himself. Peter is always striving for the next level of perfection and is constantly tinkering with his cartridge designs for the ultimate in performance. Your cartridge can even be custom tuned for your system based upon your turntable and phono preamp setup. Expect about a 3-4 week lead time on all Soundsmith cartridges, it's well worth the wait to get Peter's latest creation. Should you wish to inquire about customization, please feel free to contact us.
The Aida employs a single crystal Ruby Cantilever and our Optimized Contour Line Contact Stylus; we did this to resolve the challenges of playing the inner grooves with the same level of confidence as the outer. How did we do this? The unique stylus shape of our OCL stylus has a sharper playing surface on the faceted diamond, allowing it to ride easily in the groove modulations of even the most difficult passages and high frequency information that other cartridges simply cannot trace. The result - a truly superb cartridge, surpassing top MC designs with air, focus and sound staging no cartridge at this price should be able to achieve.
Fixed Coil, Made in USA
For over 30 years, Soundsmith has built great cartridges in Peekskill, NY.
Stereophile Class "A" Rated
A rarity at this price point; this guy really performs.
Ruby Cantilever with Optimized Contour Stylus
Solved the challenge of playing the inner grooves as well as the outer grooves.