Zephyr MIMC was our entry-level to the high-performance world of Soundsmith's MC-pre-compatible, low-output cartridges. It brought a very nice portion of the performance available in our higher-end MC-compatible cartridges (Paua, Sussurro, Hyperion) to the more affordable sub-$2k category.
First 1500 Sold get a Golden Envelope which you can redeem for one of many Soundsmith gifts.
Absolute High-End for under $2k
The Zephy MIMC Star has a wide, deep, stable and three-dimensional sound stage
Its dynamic presentation is bold and unrestrained
Recently, Peter Ledermann decided to see if he could stretch the limits of the MIMC’s performance even higher without stretching past the $2k price point … little did any of us know how far he would be able to take it!
The updated Zephyr MIMC Star smashes through sonic barriers with its new laser-drilled Sapphire cantilever and select nude Contact-Line diamond stylus.
•Stylus: Selected Contact Line low mass Nude Stylus
•Radius of curvature: 6 x 17 μm
•Cantilever:Laser Drilled Sapphire
•Recommended tracking force: 1.8 to 2.2 grams
•Effective tip mass: 0.32 mg
•Compliance: 10 μm/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), <0.5 dB (Dual Mono operation- w/optimal VTF setting
•Output Voltage: ≥0.4 mV
•DC Resistance (DCR): 10-11 Ω each channel
•Coil: 2.75 mH each channel
•Suggested Preamp Gain: 58-64 dB
•Soundsmith Recommends: MCP2 Variable Loading Preamp
•Cartridge weight: 10.25 grams
•Loading: ≥ 470 Ω