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SoundSmith - Sussurro Mk. II - Low-Output Phono Cartridge

SoundSmith - Sussurro Mk. II - Low-Output Phono Cartridge 

Frank Schröder is not only a highly gifted tone arm designer and builder but also one of the most insightful audio engineers alive today. In an informal meeting at an audio show it would have been easy to have overlooked his suggestion that I work on a low output moving iron cartridge design. However his reasoning was impeccable and the seed for a new product was sown. Frank has been testing our prototypes throughout the development phase, providing his insightful and invaluable feedback along the way.

But the other inside story of The Sussurro Mk. II is that it is a cartridge designed to specifically address the most critical issues of cartridge design. Because the laws of physics don't change all that often, cartridges must adhere to first principles, and do it carefully - to get sublime results.

In accord with those laws, the Sussurro Mk. II has an unbelievably low effective moving mass. Among the important benefits of that is the increased effect of the damping system - which means it can be reduced - a critical requirement for retrieving micro detail and not glossing over what you want to hear. The unique Sussurro Mk. II damping system has been critically tuned as well ~ so that ALL primary resonances are absolutely tamed. Then all critical stationary parts are fixed rigidly within its tiny magnetic structure and the fully shielded magnetic case is engineered for extreme stability - holding all non-moving parts in exact position at all times.

Finally, an innovative energy distribution system designed to effectively transfer the mechanical energy away from the cantilever through the cartridge body into the tone arm.

We are very pleased. You will be too - but be cautioned - when you cue down to listen to just one track, you will wind up playing the complete side and be very late for your meeting. Happens every time.

FEATURES:

  • Ultra low effective moving mass resulting in superlative transient and micro detail performance
  • Single Crystal Ruby Cantilever
  • Selected “Optimized Contour” nude Contact Line diamond stylus
  • Tracks from 1.8 to 2.2 grams
  • Virtually hum-free operation due to six sided magnetic shielding

SPECIFICATIONS:

Stylus
        Contact Line Nude, 0.100mm SQ

Radius of curvature
        OCL (Optimized Contour Contact Line) SELECTED

Cantilever
        Ruby

Recommended Tracking force
        1.8 to 2.2 Grams

Effective tip mass
        0.30 mg

Compliance
        10µm/mN (low compliance)

Frequency response
        20-20,000 Hz ± 1.0 dB

Channel Separation (stereo only)
        1000 Hz >34 dB
        50-15,000 >25 dB

Channel difference
        <0.5 dB (Stereo)
        <1.0 dB (Mono)

Output @5 cm/sec.
        0.3 mV

Retipping Cost
        $550

Cartridge weight
         8.79 Grams

Load
         470 Ohm model now available; Loading range 300-800 Ohms recommended load

Warranty
          1 year

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