Soundsmith - The Aida Ebony MI Phono Cartridge - High Output Medium Compliance




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Boasting an OCL stylus attached to a single crystal ruby cantilever, the AIDA dances right through the most complex musical passages. This Medium Compliance cartridge, while sophisticated, is still compatible with a wide variety of tonearms and MM type phono-stages. Handmade in New York State-the AIDA can go toe-to-toe with cartridges costing three times the price.


Stylus Contact Line Nude, 0.100mm SQ
Radius of curvature Optimized Contour Contact Line
Cantilever Ruby
Recommended Tracking force: 10mN / 1.0 gm (high)
13mN / 1.3 gm (medium)
Effective tip mass 0.30 mg
Compliance 28 µm/mN (high)
22 µm/mN (medium)
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 >0.6 mV/cm/sec.
5 cm/sec. Lat. RMS >2.12 mV
Cartridge weight 6.8 grams
Load: Resistance >/= 47 kohms

Capacitance: 100 - 200 pF

(400-600 pf available by special order)

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

Superb sound and stage.

posted on 01/24/2010
5 Stars
Reviewer: Arturo Castaneda
I'm a technosaurus, I have sticking to Shure V-15 cartrigdges for many, many years. The Aida replaced a V15xMR, one of the last produced, which is still in perfect condition. However, it was time to move over and get a new one. I was considering a Sumiko Blackbird before I read the raving review about the Soundsmith MMC1 in Stereophile. The Aida is a hand picked MMC1 and encased in ebony for better sound. Well, everything I read about it is true! The sound and clarity of this cartridge is astonishing and best of all: no MC pre-amp. I've been listening to some of my favorite albums ranging from Rock to Classical and I can't believe the detail and cleanliness of the sound. CCR's Cosmo's Factory comes alive, Santana Abraxas is a new experience, Peggy Lee was singing Black Coffee in the room, The Vienna Philharmonic came to play at my home and then The London Philharmonic! Awsome! BUY ONE, I doubt you can do better, you will love it!

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