The entry level Otello captures more than its fair share of recorded beauty – by design.
Big soundstage, detail and resolution at an affordable price.
Let’s put the Otello in perspective – moving mass is the enemy of ANY cartridge, the more weight moving on the cantilever – the slower the response and also higher ringing and distortion. The Otello cantilever is around one third the weight of the LIGHTEST moving coil cantilever assemblies around. That’s the first advantage of moving iron.
The Otello is Soundsmith’s entry level Moving Iron design, realizing an
affordable pathway into the world of high performance cartridges. Build
by hand (like all Soundsmith cartridges), the Otello provides a perfect
balance of tone and resolution at a great price. The result is a
cartridge that is at ease with any type of music. Just slightly warmer
than other Soundsmith designs, Otello yields a richness of timbre that
is utterly beguiling with a level of speed and dynamics not often found
in cartridges at this price. The result? A wonderful design that gives
the warmth of MM and the lightfootedness of Moving Iron design.
At only $750, this cartridge could sell at twice the price.
OTELLO Technical Specifications
Stylus: Elliptical Titanium Bonded, 0.20mm Round
Radius of curvature: 6 x 17 μm
Cantilever: Aluminum Alloy
Recommended Tracking force: 1.3-1.6 gm
Effective tip mass: 0.50 mg
Compliance: 22 μm/mN
Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz ± 2.5 dB
Channel Separation (stereo only): 1000 Hz >24 dB / 50-15,000 >20 dB
Channel difference: <1.8 dB (Stereo) Output voltage: >2.12 mV
Cartridge weight: 9.2 Grams
Loading: ≥ 47 kΩ
Otello RRP $890.00