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  • Ortofon 2M Black Phono Cartridge Ortofon 2M Black Phono Cartridge Quick View

    $755.00
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    Ortofon 2M Black Phono Cartridge

    Stereophile


    Product Editors Absolute Absolute Ortofon


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    The Ortofon 2M Black is quite possibly the best moving magnet cartridge on the planet. With a nude Shibata diamond, it retrieves information from the groove effortlessly and flawlessly. The 2M Black is easy to recommend for music lovers of all types.

    - Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound


    2M are designed for precise and accurate retrieval of the information in the record groove. Our philosophy is to play the record sound as accurate as possible, without coloring the sound. We have optimized the design for ease of mounting the cartridge, weight and size to fit the most common turntables at the market today.


    The name 2M was selected among several ideas. We wanted a modern name that would be easy to pronounce and to remember, and therefore an alpha numerical name was chosen. 2M means MM, which is the abbreviation for moving magnet.


    The 2M Black is the new moving magnet flagship from Ortofon. The 2M black is graced with a Shibata diamond stylus - the same diamond as on the acclaimed MC Jubilee. Its slim, highly polished profile allows an exceedingly wide contact area to the groove walls and ensures notably detailed reproduction throughout the spectrum, including even the most high frequency groove information. Users of the 2M Black will enjoy the benefit of impeccable sound quality, along with reduced record & stylus wear and reduced distortion and phase error as a result of the diamond's improved tracking geometry.


    The cartridge body used for the 2M Black is manufactured from a newly-developed Lexan DMX Piano Black, a revolutionary material which ensures high rigidity while eliminating unwanted resonances. The 2M Black uses a special upgraded engine, featuring split pole pins with a silver plated copper wire.

    Ortofon Cartridges
    $755.00
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  • Goldfinger Statement Cartridge Goldfinger Statement Cartridge Quick View

    $15,000.00
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    Goldfinger Statement Cartridge


    For the first time in a cartridge, the MC Goldfinger Statement features twelve magnets, perfectly matched and symmetrical enabling the system to reach a dynamic range of 100 decibels. For the Clearaudio engineering team this represents the fulfillment of an audiophile dream that seemed long unattainable.


    This cartridge deserves to play the best recordings of all time. In order to 'feed' the moving coil (MC) Goldfinger Statement with adequate music material, Clearaudio founded a music production department specialized in audiophile recordings of all genres.


    The MC Goldfinger Statement is also the first cartridge with integrated RF shielding. The outstanding sound quality of this world-class cartridge is the stunning result of meticulously detailed development and fine-tuning of all of the important criteria. The breakthrough came with the use of a 30 per cent thinner 24-carat gold wire for the coils, a precision-milled gold mounting for the magnet array and a body made of solid 14-carat gold - essential core components for the ultimate cartridge masterpiece. The world famous Micro HD diamond stylus provides the best detail retrieval of all time. A flawless diamond on its facia beautifully adorns the MC Goldfinger Statement.


    Peter Suchy calls this miracle of a cartridge 'our magnum opus'.

    Clearaudio
    $15,000.00
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  • MMF-7.3 Turntable MMF-7.3 Turntable Quick View

    $1,595.00
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    MMF-7.3 Turntable

    Stereophile



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    The distinctive design of the mmf-7.3 isolates the critical sound reproducing components; platter, main bearing, tonearm, and cartridge on the top platform from the adjustable tip-toe feet which are mounted on the bottom platform. The motor speed controls, and wiring are isolated on their own platform and completely decoupled from the turntable.


    Music Hall Turntables
    $1,595.00
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  • Zephyr MIMC Star Cartridge Zephyr MIMC Star Cartridge Quick View

    $1,999.95
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    Zephyr MIMC Star Cartridge

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    Responding to the demand for a lower priced, low output design for those who own high gain preamps, the Soundsmith recently developed the Zephyr MIMC, which follows in the footsteps of the highly successful high-output Zephyr II. The handcrafted Zephyr MIMC (Moving Iron for Moving Coil Preamps) is based on the world-famous Sussurro cartridge and captures the gist of the latter's sonic signature at a much more reasonable price. The Zephyr MIMC has been specifically designed to complement both unipivot arms and gimbaled bearing arms. Its sonic attributes include evenly balanced frequency response, dynamic shadings and remarkable detail retrieval; its slam will leave even the most die-hard analog buffs.


    Phono Cartridge Rebuilding and Stylus Retipping Services Available - Please inquire.

    Sound-Smith
    $1,999.95
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  • Rega Carbon Cartridge Rega Carbon Cartridge Quick View

    $65.00
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    Rega Carbon Cartridge

    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    The Rega Carbon is a high quality, moving magnet pick-up cartridge designed to be simple to set up, easy to install and above all, accurately reproduce music.


    Supplied as standard on the multi award winning RP1 turntable, the Carbon performs far beyond its budget price tag.

    Rega Cartridges
    $65.00
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  • Otello Cartridge Otello Cartridge Quick View

    $480.00
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    Otello Cartridge

    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    Here is the micro-manufacturing reality:


    Although most entry level cartridges from all manufacturers are machine made, ours are hand made. Even so, the reality is that when you are manufacturing something so tiny, that has to perform so well, all of them are NOT the same. If you don't see this statement from other manufacturers, then this is a secret they don't want to share, and quite understandably so.


    So.....what does Soundsmith do??


    We carefully hand build each and every cartridge, test them, and keep accurate records by serial number of their performance. Those that meet or exceed specifications are sold. But, there are always a few that don't measure well. What do we do with them? We don't sell them. We break them down and re-use some parts that can be used again. Does this cost real money ? You bet. But what it does do is this.....the ones that DO pass our stringent testing out-perform many cartridges selling for two, three, four, or even five times the price. Are we unabashedly proud of our hand-made cartridges??


    YES.


    Some ask: Moving Iron Cartridges better?? I thought that moving COIL types are the best??


    Our cartridges overturn the myth that moving coil cartridges are the only path towards perfection. After all, what is the accepted "advantage" of moving coil cartridges? Low effective moving mass, right? Well, we've got less. Much less. And if you understand EFFECTIVE moving mass, Less IS more. Why is that good? Because when you lower the moving system 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 high gain moving coil preamp required? No. The Otello" is designed to be used with a Moving Magnet preamp. No step-up transformers. No finicky multi-stage ultra high gain preamp required. Less is more here, too.


    Phono Cartridge Rebuilding and Stylus Retipping Services Available - Please inquire.

    Sound-Smith
    $480.00
    Otello Cartridge Buy Now
  • Zerodust Stylus Tip Cleaner Zerodust Stylus Tip Cleaner Quick View

    $69.99
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    Zerodust Stylus Tip Cleaner

    Stereophile Editors Editors Editors


    The Zerodust is Our Best-Selling, Non-Fluid Based Stylus Cleaner! No More Hard Bristled Brushes!


    After a few seconds, you lift the stylus, and it's as clean and residue-free as the proverbial whistle...

    - Michael Fremer, Stereophile, Vol25 No.3


    This fresh approach to stylus cleaning has saved all of us from the fear of hard bristled brushes and over applying dangerous fluids. Clean your stylus simply and effectively with the Zerodust from Japan. This space-age polymer bubble allows you to simply lower your stylus onto its surface, then quickly lift the arm lever and youre done! Watch as the stylus tip slowly sinks into the baby soft surface, leaving behind an impression with the stylus debris left behind! This unique device will last a lifetime, can be cleaned with tap water, and can extend the life of your cartridge! Comes complete with a magnifier to inspect your stylus! Our highest recommendation!

    Accessories
    $69.99
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  • Reference Series Platinum Cartridge Reference Series Platinum Cartridge Quick View

    $350.00
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    Reference Series Platinum Cartridge

    4.0 mV Output

    The newly redesigned Platinum1 and Sonata1 have had their coil design reconfigured, and the effective moving mass of their generating system has been reduced by 17%. All this is hand-assembled within a machined, new processed, Australian Jarrah wood housing. The Platinum1 and Sonata1 models use a modified four piece OTL cantilever technology achieving a 10% tip mass reduction over the Prestige series and ultra-high purity long crystal (UHPLC) oxygen free copper wire in the coils. The Platinum model uses Grado's specially designed elliptical diamond mounted on a brass bushing, and the Sonata model uses Grado's specially designed nude elliptical diamond.


    "Let me say straight out: like the Maggie 1.6QRs or the Goldman SRA, the Grado Platinum is one of those incredible bargains that doesn't just give you a "taste" of high fidelity but pretty much the whole enchilada for the price of, er, a whole enchilada."

    - Fi magazine / Jonathan Valin Vol.3, No.11


    "A prime advantage/disadvantage of phono reproduction is that every cartridge sounds different. Choosing one is like selecting wine, a process easy to get lost in. But if the cartridge is good enough, like Grado's Platinum, you'll get lost in the music."

    - Audio / Ivan Berger Vol.82, No. 2


     


    Frequency Response: 10-60

    Principal: MI

    Channel Separation at 1KHz: 40

    Input Load: 47K

    Output at 1KHz 5CM/Sec.: 2-5

    Recommended Tracking Force: 1.5

    Stylus Type: E

    Inductance: 45mH

    Resistance: 475

    Compliance CUs: 20

    Stylus Replacement F: F

    Mounting: S

    Weight: 6.5



    This product is not eligible for discount.

    Grado Cartridges
    $350.00
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  • Pro-Ject Phono Box DC - Black Pro-Ject Phono Box DC - Black Quick View

    $99.00
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    Pro-Ject Phono Box DC - Black


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    For MM/MC Cartridges


    The Pro-Ject Phono Box DC is a flexible phono stage for interfacing a turntable to a preamplifier, integrated amplifier or receiver that provides only line-level inputs. Low noise, lose distortion and a flat RIAA equalization curve with 60dB of gain (MC), 40 dB gain (MM) deliver high fidelity performance for both moving magnet and moving coil cartridges. The Phono Box DC is capable of a maximum output of 9.5V RMS / 1 khz.


    Pro-Ject
    $99.00
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  • Prestige Series Black Cartridge Prestige Series Black Cartridge Quick View

    $75.00
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    Prestige Series Black Cartridge

    The Prestige (and upscale Reference) cartridges from Grado are the first released since the elder Grado's retirement, but they mark an evolution, not dramatic change, of the classic Grado style. There are three basic levels in the Prestige lineup: Black/Green, Blue/Red, and Silver/Gold. In each of these pairings, the latter model is the same as the former, but is able to meet more astringent test specifications. The Green, for instance, is taken from the top 15% of the Black models production.


    The newly redesigned Black1 and Green1 have had their coil design reconfigured, and the effective moving mass of their generating system has been reduced by 17%. The Black1 and Green1 models use a three piece OTL cantilever technology, standard oxygen free wire in the coils and Grado's specially designed elliptical diamond mounted in a brass bushing. The Green1 model is selected from the Black1 production run and meets higher test specifications. Approximately 15% of the production run will meet these standards and become Green1 models.


    Frequency Response: 10-55

    Principal: MI

    Channel Separation at 1KHz: 30

    Input Load: 47K

    Output at 1KHz 5CM/Sec.: 5mV

    Recommended Tracking Force: 1.5

    Stylus Type: E

    Inductance: 45mH

    Resistance: 475

    Compliance CUs: 20

    Stylus Replacement F: U

    Mounting: S/P

    Weight: 5.5


    This product is not eligible for discount.

    Grado Cartridges
    $75.00
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  • Ortofon 2M Red Cartridge Mounted on SH-4 Headshell Ortofon 2M Red Cartridge Mounted on SH-4 Headshell Quick View

    $129.00
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    Ortofon 2M Red Cartridge Mounted on SH-4 Headshell

    Ortofon


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    Industry standard entry level audiophile cartridge pre-mounted on SH-4 headshell. Features a moving magnet design. Tipped elliptical diamond stylus and split pole pins with a copper wire fits most turntables.


    About 2M Red Cartridge:

    2M are designed for precise and accurate retrieval of the information in the record groove. Our philosophy is to play the record sound as accurate as possible, without coloring the sound. We have optimized the design for ease of mounting the cartridge, weight and size to fit the most common turntables at the market today.
    The name 2M was selected among several ideas. We wanted a modern name that would be easy to pronounce and to remember, and therefore an alpha numerical name was chosen. 2M means MM, which is the abbreviation for moving magnet.


    Of course the 2M isn't just another pretty face. It has been engineered to the highest standards and is congruent with the unrelenting commitment of Ortofon to provide the most precise and accurate reproduction possible without coloration.


    The 2M series of cartridges feature Ortofon's trademark split pole pins, an invention that enables moving magnet cartridges to have a flat frequency response, as with a moving coil cartridge. Split pole pins were invented by Ortofon, and were originally presented in the 500 series and Super OM series.


    The 2M Red uses an improved engine, which provides an increased output of 5.5mV.


    About SH-4 Headshell:

    The SH-4 headshell has an ergonomic design with a long finger that is easy to pick-up. The big finger grip and shorter construction makes movement and placement of the headshell easy and visible.


    The wire terminals on the rear side are also gold plated for better signal transmission.

    Ortofon Cartridges
    $129.00
    2M Red Cartridge Mounted on SH-4 Headshell Buy Now
  • Ortofon HiFi Maintenance Set Ortofon HiFi Maintenance Set Quick View

    $21.00
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    Ortofon HiFi Maintenance Set

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    The HiFi Maintenance Kit includes a Carbon Fiber stylus brush as well as a small screwdriver suited for installation of cartridges, packed inside of an Ortofon-branded tube.

    Ortofon Cartridges
    $21.00
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  • Prestige Series Green Cartridge Prestige Series Green Cartridge Quick View

    $95.00
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    Prestige Series Green Cartridge

    The Prestige (and upscale Reference) cartridges from Grado are the first released since the elder Grado's retirement, but they mark an evolution, not dramatic change, of the classic Grado style. There are three basic levels in the Prestige lineup: Black/Green, Blue/Red, and Silver/Gold. In each of these pairings, the latter model is the same as the former, but is able to meet more astringent test specifications. The Green, for instance, is taken from the top 15% of the Black models production.


    The newly redesigned Black1 and Green1 have had their coil design reconfigured, and the effective moving mass of their generating system has been reduced by 17%. The Black1 and Green1 models use a three piece OTL cantilever technology, standard oxygen free wire in the coils and Grado's specially designed elliptical diamond mounted in a brass bushing. The Green1 model is selected from the Black1 production run and meets higher test specifications. Approximately 15% of the production run will meet these standards and become Green1 models.


    The Prestige Green is furnished with suitable mounting hardware and the unique tool required to separate stylus assembly from cartridge body. Separating the stylus assembly from the cartridge body with the tool can be tricky, so proceed with caution, lest you end up with the cartridge body in your hand and the stylus embedded in a nearby wall.


    One review states: an there be anything much better? Well, there can: the Signature handily tops the Green in terms of the detail, depth and overload point. However, with a $60.00 list price, the Grado Prestige Green is a cartridge most people will find thoroughly enjoyable for nearly all kinds of music, especially if their system is very slightly laid back. At it's price, it simply can't be beaten! If you have a moderately-priced turntable lurking in your closet, pull it out, get a Grado prestige Green, install it and LISTEN TO THE MUSIC. You'll enjoy!


    Frequency Response: 10-55

    Principal: MI

    Channel Separation at 1KHz: 30

    Input Load: 47K

    Output at 1KHz 5CM/Sec.: 5mV

    Recommended Tracking Force: 1.5

    Stylus Type: E

    Inductance: 45mH

    Resistance: 475

    Compliance CUs: 20

    Stylus Replacement F: U

    Mounting: S/P

    Weight: 5.5




    This product is not eligible for discount.

    Grado Cartridges
    $95.00
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  • Sumiko Blue Point Special EVO III Hi Cartridge Sumiko Blue Point Special EVO III Hi Cartridge Quick View

    $549.00
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    Sumiko Blue Point Special EVO III Hi Cartridge


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    Open Architecture High Output MC Phono Cartridges


    The evolution of the ever-popular Blue Point Special, the EVO III raises the performance bar even higher at this highly competitive price point. Its tonal balance is remarkably smooth, exhibiting a fundamental richness and overall warmth without sacrificing musical detail and resolution. Sound stage focus and channel separation are exemplary, as is the cartridges' ability to maintain a coherent consistency that reproduces music as a perceptual whole.


    High-output moving coil design with 2.5-mV output. Chemically coated aluminum cantilever with 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical stylus. Ultra low-resonance open generator design. Resonance controlled mounting system provides the lowest mechanical impedance. Highly compatible with most modern tonearms.


    Moving Coil Cartridge Trade-In Program


    Sumiko offers the service of trading in worn or damaged Sumiko moving coil cartridges toward a new unit at a
    lower price. We have never "retipped" a cartridge as the word implies; Sumiko has always replaced a cartridge trade-in with a new unit. Please contact our audio advisor for more information.


    Sumiko
    $549.00
    Open Architecture High Output MC Phono Cartridge Buy Now
  • VPI Classic Direct Turntable VPI Classic Direct Turntable Quick View

    $30,000.00
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    VPI Classic Direct Turntable

    2013



    In-Home Setup In The Continental U.S. Included!


    Need help choosing the right turntable for you? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    **All Cartridges Installed Free Of Charge**


    The VPI Classic Direct Drive Turntable is the newest turntable in the VPI Classic line. Our design takes advantage of 21st Century motor technology for accurate speed control utilizing a servo motor controller coupled with an active feedback loop to control the motion of the platter. It is a true measure of design and engineering excellence. The Classic Direct Drive Turntable is precision manufactured and painstakingly handmade entirely in the USA. It is simple to set up and is free from any shift in factory settings over time. Some of the VPI Classic Direct Drive Turntable key features are:


    VPI produced a superior design by using fundamentally sound engineering coupled with innovative applications of new technologies. By bringing together a team of engineers and companies with proven track records of engineering achievements we have established a new level of performance in turntables that reach the limits of analog technology. The revolutionary design, the ground breaking direct drive system, the most accurate speed control achieved to date, the outstanding industrial design, the list goes on and on substantiating why the VPI Classic Direct Drive Turntable is the most advanced and technically superior turntable design ever.


    VPI Turntables
    $30,000.00
    Classic Direct Drive Turntable
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  • Hyperion CL Cartridge Hyperion CL Cartridge Quick View

    $7,500.00
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    Hyperion CL Cartridge

    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    Further inspired by Frank Schröder, designed by Peter Ledermann... Soundsmith's NEW top of the line moving
    Iron cartridge ~ The Hyperion ~ The laws of physics dictate how moving systems operate, therefore cartridges must strictly adhere to first principles to get sublime results. In accord with these laws, the Hyperion's Cactus needle Cantilever has the best of all worlds - thanks to Mother Nature. Other Cantilevers are synthesized -
    we GROW these.


    Superior cantilever designs have always employed tapered cantilevers - Hard to do with aluminum, and all but impossible with the super hard and durable materials, such as boron, ruby or diamond. Cantilevers must also have dualistic qualities that are mutually exclusive; both stiffness and damping are required.


    The tapered, longitudinal stacked columnar fibers, stacked and damped with desicated resin are exactly what one would build if one could - fortunately "nature" has done it for us. The best of both worlds - extreme rigidity, internal damping, and tremendous strength define what we feel is the best cantilever that can be built. Used in conjunction with our most highly refined Moving Iron cartridge design, the Hyperion has realized our hope - to further resolve our enjoyment of vinyl replay. Our moving iron design allows the required stationary magnetic parts to be rigidly held in exact position at all times thereby allowing dramatic reduction of the moving mass in the generating system. Our fully shielded design allows totally hum free operation, RF shielding, and extreme mechanical stability.


    MC Preamp compatible - loading 1K or greater

    Ultra low effective moving mass resulting in superlative transient and micro detail performance

    Precision formed Cactus Needle Cantilever (Patents Pending)

    Available with Selected Contact Line or Optimized Contour Nude diamond styli

    Composite body featuring impedance matched energy transmission system


    The Hyperion makes it possible to enjoy the virtues of our low effective moving mass architecture with the finest step ups and phono preamps. (Patents Pending)


    Phono Cartridge Rebuilding and Stylus Retipping Services Available - Please inquire.

    Sound-Smith
    $7,500.00
    Hyperion CL Cartridge Buy Now
  • Rega Elys 2 Cartridge Rega Elys 2 Cartridge Quick View

    $295.00
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    Rega Elys 2 Cartridge

    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    The Rega Elys 2 is a Moving Magnet cartridge that uses uses an elliptical diamond stylus. Offering outstanding sound quality, this cartridge is highly recommended for any turntable, but is the perfect choice for your Rega turntable!


    Innovation


    Recent developments in coil winding techniques have allowed us to use our innovative parallel wound coil in our entire range. This technique uses approximately one third less wire than our previous models, thus producing a more efficient and reduced mass cartridge.


    About Rega Cartridges:


    Rega have worked hard on extracting even more performance from the new range of cartridges - generating superior sound and dynamic quality at no extra cost over their predecessors.


    Rega have improved production methods utilizing new technology which has become available. All you have to do is listen!

    Rega Cartridges
    $295.00
    Rega Elys 2 Cartridge Buy Now
  • Carmen Cartridge Carmen Cartridge Quick View

    $999.99
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    Carmen Cartridge

    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    The Carmen cartridge by The Soundsmith (formerly SMMC3) has received numerous kudo's and accolades.....we love to produce this cartridge and receive Email responses about how much real music we have brought into the homes of Carmen owners. We built it with care, and ship it to you mounted in a hand finished Ebony mount.


    Here is the micro-manufacturing reality:


    All top end cartridges from all manufacturers are hand made. The real issue is that when you are manufacturing something so tiny, that has to perform so well, that all of them are NOT the same. If you don't see this statement from other manufacturers, then this is a secret they don't want to share, and quite understandably so.


    So... what does Soundsmith do??


    We carefully hand build each and every cartridge, test them, and keep accurate records by serial number of their performance. Those that meet or exceed specifications are sold. But, there are always a few that don't measure well. What do we do with them? We don't sell them. We break them down and re-use some parts that can be used again. Does this cost real money ? You bet. But what it does do is this.....the ones that DO pass our stringent testing out-perform many cartridges selling for two, three, four, or even five times the price. Are we unabashedly proud of our hand-made cartridges??


    YES. Some ask: Moving Iron Cartridges better?? I thought that moving COIL types are the best??


    Our cartridges overturn the myth that moving coil cartridges are the only path towards perfection. After all, what is the accepted "advantage" of moving coil cartridges? Low effective moving mass, right? Well, we've got less. Much less. And if you understand EFFECTIVE moving mass, Less IS more. Why is that good? Because when you lower the moving system 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 high gain moving coil preamp required? No. Aida" is designed to be used with a Moving Magnet preamp. No step-up transformers. No finicky multi-stage ultra high gain preamp required. Less is more here, too.


    Once you've heard your new Carmen cartridge, you'll never go back. The price?? Oh yes, "less is more" applies here too $800.00


    Phono Cartridge Rebuilding and Stylus Retipping Services Available - Please inquire.

    Sound-Smith
    $999.99
    Carmen Cartridge Buy Now
  • Cartridge Break-In Test Record Cartridge Break-In Test Record Quick View

    $79.99
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    Cartridge Break-In Test Record

    Multiple endless grooves of pink noise for cartridge break-in and other tracks for cartridge set-up


    Phono cartridges usually need a running-in period to reach their full potential. This can take anything from 40 to 100 hours, depending upon the manufacturer, design and construction of the phono cartridge.


    This Clearaudio Cartridge Break-In Record is a unique too. Playing an endless groove cut with pink noise significantly reduces the length of the break-in period.


    Six continuous pink noise tracks are provided at various positions on the record (track numbers are 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11).


    To enable frequency response measurement of the phono cartridge, track 3 comprises a sine-wave frequency sweep from 20 Hz to 20 kHz.


    There are two separate 240-second tracks containing a pink noise signal for measuring and testing the set-up of the whole system.


    Tracks 4 and 13 are recorded with no signal to test the noise floor of the entire hi-fi system.


    Finally, tracks 8 and 12 contain a special signal to optimise and adjust the anti-skating force. Both channels are recorded with a 316 Hz sine-wave with continually changing phase difference from 0 to 360 deg, so that the stylus movement repeatedly changes from lateral to vertical and back again. The signal level changes accordingly from -22 dB to +8 dB, corresponding to a maximum velocity of 9.81 cm/s or a maximum displacement of 50 lm, horizontally or vertically.

    1. No Signal - Concentric groove for eccentricity check
    2. 1 kHz - starting signal
    3. Sweep - frequency response check: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    4. No Signal - total system noise check
    5. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
    6. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
    7. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
    8. 316 Hz (0 to 360) - Anti-skating check
    9. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
    10. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
    11. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
    12. 316 Hz (0 to 360) - Anti-skating check
    13. No Signal - total system noise check
    14. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
    15. No Signal - Concentric groove for eccentricity check
    Clearaudio
    $79.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Sumiko Oyster Cartridge Sumiko Oyster Cartridge Quick View

    $79.00
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    Sumiko Oyster Cartridge


    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    Enclosed Architecture High Output MM Phono Cartridge


    Moving magnet, alloy cantilever, bonded spherical stylus, and 4.0-mV output.


    Sumiko
    $79.00
    Enclosed Architecture High Output MM Phono Cartridge Buy Now
  • Ortofon 2M Blue Phono Cartridge Ortofon 2M Blue Phono Cartridge Quick View

    $236.00
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    Ortofon 2M Blue Phono Cartridge

    Ortofon


    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    In a nutshell then, the new Ortofon 2M Blue and Red moving magnet cartridges offer a thoroughly modern sound that suits today's albums. Both are highly revealing and an engaging listen that is nothing other than very impressive at the price.

    - Hifi World Review


    2M are designed for precise and accurate retrieval of the information in the record groove. Our philosophy is to play the record sound as accurate as possible, without coloring the sound. We have optimized the design for ease of mounting the cartridge, weight and size to fit the most common turntables at the market today.


    The name 2M was selected among several ideas. We wanted a modern name that would be easy to pronounce and to remember, and therefore an alpha numerical name was chosen. 2M means MM, which is the abbreviation for moving magnet.


    Of course the 2M isn't just another pretty face. It has been engineered to the highest standards and is congruent with the unrelenting commitment of Ortofon to provide the most precise and accurate reproduction possible without coloration.


    The 2M series of cartridges feature Ortofon's trademark split pole pins, an invention that enables moving magnet cartridges to have a flat frequency response, as with a moving coil cartridge. Split pole pins were invented by Ortofon, and were originally presented in the 500 series and Super OM series.


    The 2M Blue uses an improved engine, which provides an increased output of 5.5mV.


    2M Blue features a Nude elliptical diamond.

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    $236.00
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  • Concept MC Cartridge Concept MC Cartridge Quick View

    $1,000.00
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    Concept MC Cartridge


    The MC Concept combines high-quality moving coil technology with a minimalist design.


    Here, audiophile explorers discover what the optimisation of magnetic circuits can deliver: this cartridge releases crystal clear sounds and represents nothing less than a revolution in its class.


    Equipped with a boron cantilever, the MC Concept has channel matching to within half a decibel, 11 ohms internal impedance and is fitted with a Micro Line stylus - features normally unheard of in this price range. All of which adds up to make this high quality cartridge a bargain for the cost-conscious high-end fan.

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  • Ortofon 2M Red Phono Cartridge Ortofon 2M Red Phono Cartridge Quick View

    $100.00
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    Ortofon 2M Red Phono Cartridge

    Ortofon


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    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    ...One sophisticated and musical cartridge - for the price of a nice dinner for two.

    - Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound


    2M are designed for precise and accurate retrieval of the information in the record groove. Our philosophy is to play the record sound as accurate as possible, without coloring the sound. We have optimized the design for ease of mounting the cartridge, weight and size to fit the most common turntables at the market today.


    The name 2M was selected among several ideas. We wanted a modern name that would be easy to pronounce and to remember, and therefore an alpha numerical name was chosen. 2M means MM, which is the abbreviation for moving magnet.


    Of course the 2M isn't just another pretty face. It has been engineered to the highest standards and is congruent with the unrelenting commitment of Ortofon to provide the most precise and accurate reproduction possible without coloration.


    The 2M series of cartridges feature Ortofon's trademark split pole pins, an invention that enables moving magnet cartridges to have a flat frequency response, as with a moving coil cartridge. Split pole pins were invented by Ortofon, and were originally presented in the 500 series and Super OM series.


    The 2M Red uses an improved engine, which provides an increased output of 5.5mV.


    2M Red features a tipped elliptical diamond.

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    $100.00
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  • Ortofon MC Quintet Cartridge Blue Ortofon MC Quintet Cartridge Blue Quick View

    $524.00
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    Ortofon MC Quintet Cartridge Blue

    Ortofon


    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    MC Quintet Blue adds more dynamics and resolution, sounds more open and reproduces more details


    The Quintet Blue is a very homogeneous cartridge whose sound image will tend to more smooth reproduction compared to Quintet Red and moderate dynamic strength compared to Quintet Bronze.
    It features a Nude Elliptical diamond mounted on an aluminium cantilever.


    The Quintet Blue will bring more space, depth and detail into the sound and is a very good choice for any kind of music, especially rhythmic.

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    $524.00
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