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Cartridges by SoundSmith
The Acrylic mounted SMMC1 cartridge by The Soundsmith affords high end performance from a moderately priced cartridge. Formerly our top of the line cartridge, the SMMC1 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.
Stylus and cantilever design? Only the best, because that's where the rubber meets the road, in cartridge terms.
Just at the price point where most cartridge manufacturers make their profit by using a low cost aluminum cantilever and an elliptical stylus, we use a Ruby single crystal cantilever, and a "nude" Contact Line stylus. Why do we do this at this price level for a cartridge when no one else does? Simple. We love vinyl. You will too when you hear the SMMC1.
The SMMC1 is one model in a great cartridge lineup 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 the SMMC1 cartridge affords lower EFFECTIVE moving mass than most all MC types of cartridges. Far lower. Why is that good? Because when you lower the effective moving 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. Do we sound proud of what we've done?? We wont apologize for it. We've worked hard to justify sounding the way we do.
Is a moving coil preamp required? No. The SMMC1 is a "Moving Iron design" - designed to be used with a standard Moving Magnet preamp. No transformers. No finicky multi-stage ultra high gain preamp required. Less is more here, too.