Soundsmith – Zephyr MKIII & MIMC STAR

The Zephyr models, available in low output (MC phono compatible) and high output (MM Phono compatible) have achieved what no other cartridge has done since its inception . . . rapid recognition as a leading force to become the choice of cartridge – neatly balancing price and performance.

Zephyr MKIII

The Soundsmith Zephyr MKIII phono cartridge employs “Trickle Down“ Technology from a unique Energy Distribution System within the cartridge body as used in the Soundsmith’s well-received high-end Sussurro Cartridge.

It features a newly developed aluminum cantilever with a contact line (CL) diamond stylus – this is capable of trul remarkable channel seperateion, sound stage and imaging. The new ES DEMS body design with it’s unique energy distribution system contributed to the Zephyr MKIII’s ability to produce high end performance from moderately priced cartridge.

Zephyr MIMC STAR

By popular demand, introducing the Zephyr MIMC Star. The new lowest cost MC preamp compatible design.

This follows in the footsteps of the highly successful high-output Zephyr III. The handcrafted Zephyr MIMC STAR (Moving Iron for Moving Coil Preamps) is based on the world famous Sussurro cartridge and captures the gist of the latter‘s sonic signature at a much more reasonable price. The Zephyr MIMC STAR has been specifically designed to complement both unipivot arms and gimbaled bearing arms. Unlike the Zephyr MKIII, the MIMC utilizes a laser drilled Sapphire cantilever. Its sonic attributes include evenly balanced frequency response, dynamic shadings and remarkable detail retrieval; its slam will leave even the most die-hard analog buffs breathless.

Zephyr MKIII –

Stylus: Selected Contact Line low mass Nude Stylus
Radius of curvature: 6 x 17 μm
Cantilever: Aluminum Alloy
Recommended Tracking force:
1.8 to 2.2 Grams
Effective tip mass: 0.32 mg
Compliance: 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 Output voltage: 2.4 mV
Cartridge weight: 12.2 Grams
Loading: ≥ 47 kΩ

Zephyr MKIII RRP $2,750.00

Zephyr MIMC Star –

Stylus: Selected Contact Line
low mass Nude Stylus
Radius of curvature: 6 x 17 uM
Cantilever: Laser Drilled Sapphire
Recommended Tracking force:
1.8 to 2.2 Grams
Effective tip mass: 0.32 mg
Compliance: 10μm/mN (low compliance)
Frequency response: 15-45,000 Hz ± 2.0 dB
Channel Separation (stereo only):
1000 Hz >32 dB 50-15,000 >25 dB
Channel difference: <1.0 dB
Output voltage: 0.4 mV
Cartridge weight: 12.2 Grams
Loading: ≥ 470 Ω

Zephyr MIMC STAR RRP $3650.00