Soundsmith – Aida MKII

A triumph of Soundsmith Engineering, Stereophile Class “A” rated, a rarity at its price point – and for good reasons.


The Aida MKII employs a laser drilled Sapphire cantilever with ultra-low mass Contact Line stylus; this resolves the challenges of playing the inner grooves with the same level of confidence as the outer. How is this done?

The unique stylus shape of a CL (Contact Line) stylus has a “sharper” playing surface on the faceted diamond, allowing it to ride easily into 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.

Aida MK II Technical Specifications

Stylus: Selected Contact Line low mass Nude Stylus
Radius of curvature: 6 x 17 uM
Cantilever: Laser Drilled Sapphire
Recommended Tracking force: 1.3-1.6 gm
Effective tip mass: 0.30 mg
Compliance: 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)
Output voltage: 2.12 mV
Cartridge weight: 9.2 Grams
Loading: ≥ 47 kΩ

HIGH OUTPUT
All Soundsmith cartridges are available in true DUAL MONO as well.
Aida MKII – RRP $3,660.00