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

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

Created out of the desire to make a very high performance design at an affordable price, the Carmen mk II was crafted to have unparalleled purity of tone and ultra-smooth presentation. Just slightly lush with a well-developed midrange, the Carmen is surprisingly pleasing and will seduce you into long, late listening sessions. 

The stylus used is a large part of what makes it special; an ultra-low mass occlusion free nude diamond cut and polished into a true hyper-elliptical shape. The combination of low tip mass and the Fixed Coil design gives the Carmen a tremendous resolution advantage over MC designs selling for more than twice the price. Housed in a handmade solid Ebony case, the Carmen delivers.

The Carmen features a 2-year, Manufacturer's Warranty to the original owner.


        Nude Elliptical, 0.120mm SQ

Radius of curvature
        6 x 17 µm

        Aluminum Alloy

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

Effective tip mass
        0.35 mg

       22 µm/mN

Frequency Response
        20-20,000 Hz ± 2.5 dB

Channel Separation (stereo only)
        1000 Hz >26 dB
        50-15,000 >20 dB

Channel difference
         <1.6dB (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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