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About
Soundsmith
Soundsmith is a specialty audio manufacturer located about an hour north of New York City. Founded in 1972, Soundsmith has achieved an enviable reputation in the audiophile world for outstanding sonic quality and extremely high-value products. Perhaps best known now for their work restoring cartridges and for their Strain Gauge and Fixed Coil cartridges, every Soundsmith product is hand-crafted in Soundsmith’s Peekskill, NY factory by a carefully selected team of artisans and engineers.
Made in the USA 
The Soundsmith has existed in Westchester County, New York, for over 40 years. We currently provide audio repairs for many major brands for equipment both brought to us and equipment shipped to us from all over the world. We service Audio Research, Revox, Bang & Olufsen,Nakamichi, Tandberg,  Halcro, DartZeel, Jeff Rowland and McIntosh and most every brand that exists or has existed. We have designed and manufactured varied types of audio equipment for many years, and are dedicated to the finest in audio reproduction.

Soundsmith Sussurro Moving Iron Cartridge
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  • Regular price £4,499.00


Frank Schröder is not only a highly gifted tone arm designer and builder but also one of the most insightful audio engineers alive today.  In an informal meeting at an audio show it would have been easy to have overlooked his suggestion that I work on a low output moving iron cartridge design.  However his reasoning was impeccable and the seed for a new product was sown.   Frank has been testing our prototypes throughout the development phase, providing his insightful and invaluable feedback along the way.

But the other inside story of The Sussurro is that it is a cartridge designed to specifically address the most critical issues of cartridge design. Because the laws of physics don't change all that often, cartridges must adhere to first principles, and do it carefully - to get sublime results. 


In accord with those laws, the Sussurro has an unbelievably low effective moving mass. Among the important benefits of that is the increased effect of the damping system - which means it can be reduced - a critical requirement for retrieving micro detail and not glossing over what you want to hear. The unique Sussurro damping system has been critically tuned as well ~ so that ALL primary resonances are absolutely tamed. Then all critical stationary parts are fixed rigidly within its tiny magnetic structure and the fully shielded magnetic case is engineered for extreme stability - holding all non-moving parts in exact position at all times.

  Finally, an innovative energy distribution system designed to effectively transfer the mechanical energy away from the cantilever through the cartridge body into the tone arm.

  

We are very pleased. You will be too - but be cautioned - when you cue down to listen to just one track, you will wind up playing the complete side and be very late for your meeting. Happens every time.

Peter Ledermann

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Sussurro Technical specifications
Stylus Contact Line Nude, 0.100mm SQ
Radius of curvature

OCL (Optimized Contour Contact Line)

SELECTED

Cantilever Ruby
Recommended Tracking force: 1.8 to 2.2 Grams
Effective tip mass 0.30 mg
Compliance 10µm/mN (low compliance)
Frequency response 20-20,000 Hz ± 1.0 dB
Channel Separation
(stereo only)
1000 Hz >34 dB
50-15,000 >25 dB
Channel difference <0.5 dB (Stereo)
<1.0 dB (Mono)
Output @5 cm/sec. 0.3 mV
Retipping Cost $550
Cartridge weight 8.79 Grams
Load: 470 Ohm model now available; Loading range 300-800 Ohms recommended load

  Some have asked......

"Moving Iron Cartridges better?? I thought that moving COIL types are the best??"

  

Our cartridges overturn the myth that moving coil cartridges are the only path towards perfection. After all, what is the accepted “advantage” of moving coil cartridges? Low effective moving mass, right? Well, we've got less. Much less. And if you understand EFFECTIVE moving mass, Less IS more. Why is that good? Because when you lower the moving system mass, it’s easier to control. If it’s easier to control, the stylus can stay in better contact with the groove walls. That’s good, because if you can’t stay in contact with the groove walls, you can’t hear what’s on the record.

   

Once you’ve heard your new Sussurro cartridge, you’ll never go back.

The introductory price of each precision hand made Sussurro is $4800 - hand made from start to finish by Peter Ledermann - numbered and signed in the beautiful wooden box ~

The Sussurro is also available in true DUAL COIL MONO for the same price. Just when you were sure it couldn't get any better.....

We have several deomonstation areas in both of our branches. Please give us a call on 03435236169 or email support@kronosav.com to enquire about hearing products at your local branch. 

Please always contact us before to make sure the product(s) are available

Here at Kronos AV, we have vast experience with e-commerce sales. Making sure that your parcel arrives undamaged is a huge priority for us. That’s why at Kronos AV, we only use premium couriers for all our orders. All our parcels are shipped with DPD or Royal Mail and are always sent Signed For to make sure it gets to the right person. 

DPD gives you an hourly window for delivery so you can make sure you are home, and you can of course track your parcel all the way from despatch to your front door, offering you peace of mind. 

If for any reason your parcel does arrived damaged, please get in touch, and we will be happy to get everything resolved for you. We are always on hand to help!

Details

Delivery is FREE on all orders over £50. In order to offer FREE delivery to UK customers, we use several premium couriers to ensure your delivery arrives safe.

Most large orders (over 2kg) ship using DPD or DHL courier and smaller orders (under 2kg) by Royal Mail signed for services.

The most appropriate courier will be chosen for the items ordered to ensure the quickest possible delivery.

We can offer very generous trade in offers across the majority of our product range. 

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If you have any question, please feel free to call us on 03435236169 or email support@kronosav.com