The Zephyr MKII is built using a selected "low mass CONTACT LINE diamond" stylus design, moutned on a Boron cantilever - capable of truly remarkable separation, sound stage and imaging.
The composite body and unique energy distribution system contributes to the Zephyr MK/II cartridge’s ability to produce high-end performance from a moderately priced cartridge. Using technology found in Soundsmith’s higher cost cartridges, the Zephyr MK/II Moving Iron cartridge will provide a level of clarity and beauty from your vinyl that will make you take out your record collection and listen to it all over again.
The Zephyr MK/II is a high output, low compliance design; one model in a great cartridge lineup from Soundsmith that 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 moving mass, right? We got less. Much less. And if you understand moving mass, less IS more. The 40 year evolution of our moving iron cartridges affords lower EFFECTIVE moving mass than most other types of cartridges. That's good, because if you can't stay in contact with the groove walls, you can't hear what's on the record.
The Zephyr MK/II is a HIGH OUTPUT "Moving Iron design" - it can be used with a standard Moving Magnet preamp. No transformers. No finicky multi-stage ultra high gain preamp required. Less is more here, too.
|Zephyr Technical specifications|
|Stylus||Selected Contact Line low mass Nude Stylus|
|Radius of curvature||
6 x 17 uM
|Recommended Tracking force:||1.8 to 2.2 Grams|
|Effective tip mass||0.32 mg|
|Compliance||10µm/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 (Dual Mono operation- w/optimal VTF setting)|
|Output 5 cm/sec. RMS||2.4mV|
|Cartridge weight||10.27 Grams|
|Load:||Greater than or equal to 47K ohm|