SOUNDSMITH Sets a New Sonic Bar with the ES Series —
“Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover.” – Peter
The ES line features not only a dramatic new look, but is a
significant evolution of the DEMS system design (Dynamic Energy Management
System). All model names have been preserved, and pricing remains the same.
The new Soundsmith ES cartridge designs are a significant
advancement in cartridge performance due to their ability to direct internal
vibrational forces without reflection and disperse them properly to the tone
arm. The absence of reflections enables the stylus to stay in far greater
statistical contact with the groove walls — a critically important technical
refinement. Increased liquidity and reduced “grain,” without loss of detail are
some of the immediately discernible advantages of Soundsmith’s new ES models.
Every cartridge in the line now features the sleek new ES
body design and allows azimuth adjustment when used in tonearms that do not
permit it. The new ES body also allows an electrical isolation method for
tables that hum due to ground loops.
The upgrade is far more than cosmetic; the new shape is a
departure from the reflective and “boxy” design of many cartridges whose
internal construction contribute to uncontrolled vibrational issues adversely
effecting performance. Peter says, “Think of how singing in an open field
compares with singing in a shower.” Soundsmith has always challenged
conventions, looking deeper into nuances of cartridge design that dramatically
affect immediate and long term performance. These have included extreme
reductions of moving mass and the use of novel materials and designs. The new
ES lineup is a continuation of that research and development.
The Voice ES Series
Each one hand crafted by Peter Ledermann - Made in the USA. Rebuild
Price? $450 - Less than 20% of MSRP ! ~ The Voice features
a 2 year warranty to the original owner.
Kudos, accolades and many “Product of the Year” awards. The
pinnacle of High Output designs – from Soundsmith – of course.
Since its introduction in 2009, The Voice has won numerous
"product-of-the-year" awards and is – in Peter Ledermann’s words
–"probably the best High Output cartridge in production today." Our
design goal was to produce the lowest moving mass high output design possible
using novel and advanced technology. Featuring a single crystal Ruby Cantilever
and our Optimized Contour Line Contact Stylus, we developed a specialized
metallurgy for the low mass moving iron system.
A cartridge that disappears. After all, if it sounds like a
“record" it’s wrong. The cartridge should bring your directly to the
performance; not stand between you and the music.
Available As Dual Coil Mono
Stylus: Contact Line Nude, 0.100mm SQ selected for low noise Radius of curvature: OCL (Optimized Contour Contact Line) Cantilever: Ruby Recommended tracking force: 1.3 - 1.6 g (standard medium Compliance); 1.0 - 1.2 grams for special order High Compliance Effective tip mass: 0.30 mg Compliance: 28 μm/mN (high), 22 μm/mN (medium) Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz ±1.0 dB Channel separation (stereo only): 1000 Hz >30 dB, 50-15,000 >25 dB Channel difference: <0.5 dB (Mono), <1.0 dB (Stereo) Output voltage (The Voice): 2.12 mV Cartridge weight: 9.2 grams Loading (The Voice): ≥ 47 kΩ