Soundsmith Hyperion Moving Iron Cartridge

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  • Regular price $7,999.95

Soundsmith Hyperion

Made in  the USA. Rebuild Price? ~  $850 ~ Only 20% of MSRP, as always !

The Hyperion features an industry first: A 10-year warranty that includes free re-tipping service for stylus wear to the original owner!

The Apex of Moving-Iron Design: Hand-Made Soundsmith Hyperion MI Phono Cartridge Features Groundbreaking Cactus-Needle Cantilever System
Breathtaking Transient, Microdetail, and Soundstaging Performance: U.S.A.-Made Soundsmith Hyperion Moving-Iron Phono Cartridge Tailored for World's Premier Stereos

The groundbreaking Soundsmith Hyperion moving-iron phono cartridge delivers vibrant, colorful, and outright masterful playback limited only by the restraints on the rest of your system. A no-holds-barred component that holds its own in the most discerning setups, Hyperion features a patent-pending cactus-needle cantilever that supplies stiffness and damping, properties that until this invention were exclusive of one another. Hum-free operation, RF shielding, and extreme stability accompany Hyperion's low-effective moving mass to yield breathtaking transient, microdetail, and soundstaging. With loading of 1k or greater, Hyperion is compatible with MC preamplifiers and does everything but pull up your chair and give you the best seat in the house for unforgettable musical performances. Hand-built in the U.S.A. by Soundsmith lead designer Peter Ledermann, Hyperion is sonic manna.

Superior cantilever designs have always employed tapered cantilevers. They must also have mutually exclusive dualistic qualities: both stiffness and damping are required. If one could, they'd build tapered, longitudinal stacked columnar fibers, stacked and damped with desiccated resin. You'd get the absolute best of extreme rigidity, internal damping, and tremendous strength. Fortunately, nature already thought of such a fiber. Soundsmith's custom-formed cactus needle cantilever system on the Hyperion cartridge represents an apex for moving-iron cartridge designs, and drastically reduces the moving-mass in the generating system, yielding reference-level performance tailored to pair with the world's finest sound systems.

Soundsmith Moving-Iron Cartridges Offer Best of Both Worlds
Enjoy the best of both worlds: Soundsmith's moving-iron cartridges encompass the advantages of moving-coil and moving-magnet designs while simultaneously lessening or eliminating the respective approaches' deficiencies. Boasting extraordinary tracking abilities that let them effortlessly sail through complex musical passages, a warm and detailed character, exceptional transient response, and a full sound that completes entire notes and finishes instrumental structures, Soundsmith models exude natural musicality and high-end design. Built here in the U.S., and outfitted with either aluminum or ruby cantilevers, we guarantee you'll love your new Soundsmith the moment it hits your favorite records' grooves.


Stylus: Contact Line Nude, 0.100mm SQ
Radius of curvature
Selected Diamond shapes: CL or Optimized (OCL)
Cantilever: Hand formed/treated selected Cactus "Spine"
Recommended tracking force: 1.8 to 2.2 grams
Effective tip mass: 0.30 mg
Compliance: 10 μm/mN (low compliance) (LT) | 12 μm/mN vertical | 7 μm/mN horizontal
Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz ± 1.0 dB
Channel separation (stereo only): 1000 Hz >36 dB (LT: > 34dB), 50-15,000 >25 dB
Channel difference: <0.5 dB (Stereo) <1.0 dB (Mono)
Output Voltage: ≥0.4 mV
DC Resistance (DCR): 10-11 Ω each channel
Coil: 2.75 mH each channel
Cartridge weight: 10.25 grams
Stylus to Mounting Hole Offset: ≈ 10mm (0.4")
Loading: ≥ 470 Ω