“The Voice” cartridge by The Soundsmith makes a clear statement amidst the other voices of high performance phono cartridges. Our statement?? Ikebana. Less is more.
It overturns the myth that moving coil cartridges are the only path towards perfection. After all, what is the “advantage” of the moving coil type of cartridge? Low effective moving mass, right? We got less. Much less. And if you understand moving mass, Less IS more.
The 40 year evolution of “The Voice” cartridge affords lower effective moving mass than any of them. Far lower. It even has 40% less than our other moving iron designs! Why is that good? Because when you lower the moving mass, it’s easier to control. If it’s easier to control, the stylus can stay in better contact with the groove walls. That’s good, because if you can’t stay in contact with the groove walls, you can’t hear what’s on the record.
Is a moving coil preamp required? No. “The Voice” is designed to be used with a Moving Magnet preamp. No transformers. No finicky multi-stage ultra high gain preamp required. Less is more here, too.
Once you’ve heard “The Voice”, you’ll never go back. The price?? Oh yes, “less is more” applies here too...
|The Voice Technical specifications|
Contact Line Nude, 0.100mm SQ
selected for low noise
|Radius of curvature||OCL (Optimized Contour Contact Line)|
|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 ± 1.0 dB|
|Channel Separation (stereo only)||1000 Hz >30 dB 50-15,000 >25 dB|
|Channel difference||<0.5 dB (Stereo) < 1.0 dB (Mono)|
|Output 5 cm/sec. RMS||>2.12 mV|
|Cartridge weight||6.8 grams|
Resistance >/= 47 kohms Capacitance: 100 - 200 pF
(400-600 pf available by special order)