Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC ☆
Made in the USA. Rebuild Price? ~ $350. Only 20% of MSRP, as always ! - The Zephyr MIMC Star features a 2 year warranty to the original owner.
Zephyr MIMC is Soundsmith's entry-level to the high-performance world of Soundsmith's MC-pre-compatible, low-output cartridges. It brought a very nice portion of the performance available in their higher-end MC-compatible cartridges (Paua, Sussurro, Hyperion) to the more affordable sub-$2k category.
Recently, Peter Ledermann decided to see if he could stretch the limits of the MIMC's performance even higher without stretching past the $2k price point... little did anyone know how far he would be able to take it!
The updated Zephyr MIMC ☆ smashes through sonic barriers with its new laser-drilled Sapphire cantilever and select nude Contact-Line diamond stylus! This is probably the most important Soundsmith model to have in your arsenal. It brings an astounding portion of the performance available only in our top-level low output cartridges, and it does it for just $1,999 retail (USD)!
Cartridge Type: Fixed Coil
Output Voltage: 0.4 mV
Stylus: Selected Contact Line low mass Nude Stylus
Radius of curvature: 6 x 17 μm
Cantilever: Laser Drilled Sapphire
Recommended tracking force: 1.8 to 2.2 grams
Effective tip mass: 0.32 mg
Compliance: 10 μm/mN (low compliance)
Frequency response: 15-45,000 Hz ± 2.0 dB
Channel separation (stereo only): 1000 Hz >28 dB, 50-15,000 >25 dB
Channel difference: <1.0 dB (Stereo), <0.5 dB
DC Resistance (DCR): 10-11 Ω each channel
Cartridge weight: 10.25 grams
Loading: ≥ 470 Ω