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Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC Cartridge

You can order this product from us online if you live within the UK.
Outside the UK you will need to find a dealer in your country, unless you have ordered with a tonearm or turntable.

Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC Cartridge

Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC  £1,719

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Zephyr MIMC was our entry-level to the high-performance world of Soundsmith’s MC-pre-compatible, low-output cartridges. It brought a very nice portion of the performance available in our higher-end MC-compatible cartridges (Paua, Sussurro, Hyperion) to the more affordable sub-$2k category.

Recently, Peter Ledermann decided to see if he could stretch the limits of the MIMC’s performance even higher without stretching past the $2k price point … little did any of us know how far he would be able to take it! The updated Zephyr MIMC ☆ smashes through sonic barriers with its new laser-drilled Sapphire cantilever and select nude Contact-Line diamond stylus!

This is probably the most important Soundsmith model to have in your arsenal. It brings an astounding portion of the performance available only in our top-level low output cartridges.

Why a fixed coil cartridge?

Long term investment due to rebuild

Specifications

  • Cartridge Type: Fixed Coil
  • Output: High
  • Available As Dual Coil Mono: Yes
  • Stylus: Selected Contact Line low mass Nude Stylus
  • Radius of curvature: 6 x 17 μm
  • Cantilever:Laser Drilled Sapphire
  • Recommended tracking force: 1.8 to 2.2 grams
  • Effective tip mass: 0.32 mg
  • Compliance: 10 μm/mN (low compliance)
  • Frequency response: 15-45,000 Hz ± 2.0 dB
  • Channel separation (stereo only): 1000 Hz >28 dB, 50-15,000 >25 dB
  • Channel difference: <1.0 dB (Stereo), <0.5 dB (Dual Mono operation- w/optimal VTF setting)
  • Output Voltage: ≥0.4 mV
  • DC Resistance (DCR): 10-11 Ω each channel
  • Coil: 2.75 mH each channel
  • Suggested Preamp Gain: 58-64 dB
  • Soundsmith Recommends: MCP2 Variable Loading Preamp
  • Cartridge weight: 10.25 grams
  • Loading: ≥ 470 Ω