The Soundsmith Aida MKII employs a laser-drilled Sapphire cantilever with ultra-low mass Contact Line stylus; Soundsmith did this to resolve the challenges of playing the inner grooves with the same level of confidence as the outer. How did they do this? The unique stylus shape of our CL stylus has a “sharper” playing surface on the faceted diamond, allowing it to ride easily into 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.
Soundsmith Aida MKII Specs:
Stylus: Selected Contact Line low mass Nude Stylus
Radius of curvature: 6 x 17 uM
Cantilever: Laser Drilled Sapphire
Recommended tracking force: 1.3-1.6 gm
Effective tip mass: 0.30 mg
Compliance: 22 μm/mN
Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz ± 2.5 dB
Channel separation (stereo only): 1000 Hz >30 dB, 50-15,000 >20 dB
Channel difference: <1.0 dB (Stereo), <1.0 dB (Mono)
Output voltage (Aida): 2.12 mV
Cartridge weight: 9.2 grams
Loading (Aida): ≥ 47 kΩ
Also available in dual-coil mono.
ES Cartridges with “DEMS”
Sometimes when mounting on a grounded metal arm, a cartridge will create hum due to a ground loop. If you experience some low-level hum due to ground loop, you can now solve this issue by using the two half-round white rods which are to be placed and used in the OUTER slots, seen on the top of the cartridge. Place them flat side UP.
The rods are made of Alumina, and are insulating, thus allowing ground isolation for your cartridge without compromising the crucial mechanical energy transfer into the tonearm. This energy transfer is maintained due to the use of Alumina, which has the same properties as aluminium but is non-conductive. Due to the novel body design of the ES cartridge, electrical isolation can still be maintained even though you may use metal screws.
On tonearms that do not allow azimuth adjustment, it is now possible to achieve this adjustment by way of the ES series by using the one full round alumina rod in the centre slot only, alternately tightening and loosening the mounting screws by small amounts.
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