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SoundSmith - Zephyr Mk. III - High-Output Moving Magnet Cartridge

SoundSmith - Zephyr Mk. III - High-Output Moving Magnet Cartridge 

The Zephyr Mk. III is built using a selected "low mass CONTACT LINE diamond" stylus design, mounted 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. III 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. III 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. III 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. III is a HIGH OUTPUT "Moving Iron design" - it can be used with a standard Moving Magnet pre-amp. No transformers. No finicky multi-stage ultra high gain preamp required. Less is more here, too.


        Selected Contact Line low mass Nude Stylus

Radius of curvature
        6 x 17 uM

        Aluminum Alloy

Recommended Tracking force
        1.8 to 2.2 Grams

Effective tip mass
        0.32 mg

        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), <0.5dB (Dual Mono w/ optimal VTF)

Output 5 cm/sec. RMS

Cartridge weight
        12.2 Grams

        Greater than or equal to 47K ohm

        1 year

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