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SoundSmith - Aida Mk. II - High-Output Phono Cartridge

SoundSmith - Aida Mk. II - High-Output Phono Cartridge

The Aida employs a Sapphire laser drilled cantilever and ultra low mass Contact Line solid nude diamond stylus. This configuration resolves the challenges of playing the inner grooves with the same level of confidence as the outer.

How did we do this? The unique stylus shape of our CL stylus has a “sharper” playing surface on the faceted diamond, allowing it to ride easily in the groove modulations of even the most difficult passages and high frequency information that other cartridges simply cannot trace.

The result - a truly superb cartridge, surpassing top MC designs with air, focus and sound staging no cartridge at this price should be able to achieve. 


        Selected Contact Line Nude, 0.100mm SQ

Radius of curvature
        6 x 17 um

        Laser Drilled Sapphire

Recommended Tracking force
         1.3 gm (high)
         1.6 gm (medium)

Effective tip mass
        0.30 mg

        22 µm/mN

Frequency response
        20-20,000 Hz ± 2.5 dB

Channel Separation (stereo only)
        1000 Hz >30 dB
        50-15,000 >20 dB

Channel difference
        <1.0 dB (Stereo)  <1.0 dB (Mono)

Output @5 cm/sec.
        >2.12 mV

Cartridge weight
        9.2 grams

        Resistance >/= 47 kohms

        100 - 200 pF

        1 Year

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