Soundsmith

Carmen MKII Moving Iron ES Phono Cartridge

Created out of the desire to make a very high performance design at an affordable price, the Carmen was crafted to have unparalleled purity of tone and ultra-smooth presentation. Just slightly lush with a well-developed midrange, the Carmen is surprisingly pleasing and will seduce you into long, late listening sessions.

The stylus used is a large part of what makes it special; an ultra-low mass occlusion free nude diamond cut and polished into a true hyper-elliptical shape. The combination of low tip mass and the Fixed Coil design gives the Carmen a tremendous resolution advantage over MC designs selling for more than twice the price. Housed in a handmade solid Ebony case, the Carmen delivers.

Also available in dual-coil mono.

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High Notes

Fixed Coil, Made in USA

For over 30 years, Soundsmith has built great cartridges in Peekskill, NY.

Solid Ebony Body

Lush sound with a great midrange, the Carmen will seduce you to keep listening.

Hyper-elliptical stylus

Tremendous resolution compared to MC's costing twice as much.

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.

Created out of the desire to make a very high performance design at an affordable price, the Carmen was crafted to have unparalleled purity of tone and ultra-smooth presentation. Just slightly lush with a well-developed midrange, the Carmen is surprisingly pleasing and will seduce you into long, late listening sessions.

The stylus used is a large part of what makes it special; an ultra-low mass occlusion free nude diamond cut and polished into a true hyper-elliptical shape. The combination of low tip mass and the Fixed Coil design gives the Carmen a tremendous resolution advantage over MC designs selling for more than twice the price. Housed in a handmade solid Ebony case, the Carmen delivers.

Also available in dual-coil mono.

More Information
Weight 0.02 lbs
Color Options Black
Cartridge Type Fixed Coil
Cantilever Material Aluminum Alloy
Cartridge Weight 6.8 grams
Loading Range 47k
Output 2.12 mV
Stylus Type Elliptical
Tracking Force Range 1.2 - 1.4
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