Soundsmith - PAUA Low-Output Low Effective Moving Mass Cartridge




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As colorful and ardent as the Hawaiian Seashell from which it is named and adorned, The PAUA opens a window into LP playback that casts the entire spectrum of color and dimension.

Nothing in the record groove is ignored. The selected contact-line stylus and Telescoping Aluminum Cantilever contribute to an ultra low moving mass system.

The net result of Peter Ledermann’s design is an experience that puts the listener in the place and time of the musical event- no more/no less.

Please note that this cartridge has been specifically designed and created in the USA solely for those people that love music everywhere.


Stylus Contact Line Nude, 0.100mm SQ
Radius of curvature

Nude Contact Line SELECTED

Cantilever Telescoping Aluminum Alloy
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 >34 dB
50-15,000 >25 dB
Channel difference <0.5 dB (Stereo)
<1.0 dB (Mono)
Output voltage: 5 cm/sec. Lat. RMS 0.3 mV
Cartridge weight 10.25 Grams
Load: Resistance >/= 400 ohms min. recommended load
470 - 1K optimal for most systems

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 1 person(s) rated this product.

Effortless sound, tames the sharpest sibilance without losing detail

posted on 03/03/2017
5 Stars
Reviewer: Bruce K.
Effortless sound, tames the sharpest sibilance without losing detail. Somehow, it can read right through surface noise without losing high end extension and detail. With unlimited rebuild-ability and top notch customer service from SoundSmith, you'd be silly not to consider this.

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