Soundsmith Carmen Mk II
Made in the USA. Rebuild Price? ~ $150 ~ Less Than 20% of MSRP, as always! - The Carmen features a 2-year warranty to the original owner.
A free flowing design, Carmen is highly resolving, with an unparalleled purity of tone and an ultra-smooth presentation. Just slightly lush, with a well-developed midrange, Carmen ultimately seduces you into long, late listening sessions. As dawn approaches and the lead-out groove begins its rumble, you will find yourself desperately fumbling for another record, just to keep the magic alive for one more side.
Carmen is a very special cartridge and the stylus is a large part of what makes it special. Starting with a very high-purity stone, Carmen's diamond is a 50x occlusion free diamond. A true elliptical design, Soundsmith grinds the entire diamond not just the front and rear, giving Carmen a huge resolution advantage over other elliptical designs and a smoothness of tone that is unique in this price range.
Carmen is a medium weight cartridge at 6.8 g making it compatible with a broad variety of tonearms and thanks to its 2.2 mV output, Carmen works well with most MM phono preamps. All Soundsmith cartridges are Made in the USA.
Stylus: Nude Elliptical, 0.120mm SQ
Radius of curvature: 6 x 17 μm
Cantilever: Aluminum Alloy
Recommended tracking force: 1.3 - 1.6 g (standard medium Compliance)
Effective tip mass: 0.35 mg
Compliance: 22 μm/mN (medium)
Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz ± 2.5 dB
Channel separation (stereo only): 1000 Hz >26 dB, 50-15,000 >20 dB
Channel difference: <1.6 dB (Stereo)
Output voltage: 2.12 mV
Cartridge weight: 6.8 grams
Stylus to Mounting Hole Offset: ≈ 10mm (0.4")
Loading: ≥ 47 kΩ