$14,670.00 inc. GST
Soundsmith Hyperion MKII Cartridge The truest testament to the quality and performance of any audio component is what others in that industry have to say about it.
The HYPERION is the cartridge of choice for the most esteemed audio equipment manufacturers. Why? Because when they exhibit their gear at HiFi shows, they want their turntable, amplifier or speaker systems to sound the very best that they can! Peter Ledermann‘s radical design utilizes an actual “cactus spine” for the cantilever. The naturally tapered shape, stacked columnar fibres and desiccated resin damping fit the exact parameters of the perfect cantilever: Low mass, extreme rigidity, internal damping, and tremendous strength. Also available in a Dual Compliance Design for older Linear Tracking turntables as the HYPERION LT. HYPERIONS are offered with a choice of CL or OC-CL stylus.
Stylus: Contact Line Nude, 0.100mm SQ
Radius of curvature: OCL (Optimized Contour Contact Line) SELECTED
Cantilever: Hand formed & treated selected Cactus Spine
Recommended Tracking force: 1.8 to 2.2 Grams
Effective tip mass: 0.30 mg
Compliance: 10μm/mN (low compliance)
Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz ± 1.0 dB
Channel Separation (stereo only): 1000 Hz >36 dB 50-15,000 >25 dB
Channel difference: <0.5 dB (Stereo) <1.0 dB (Mono)
Output voltage: 0.4 mV
Cartridge weight: 12.2 Grams
Loading: ≥ 470 Ω
Also available in dual coil mono.
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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