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Our entry level design captures more than its share of recorded beauty —by design. Big soundstage, detail and resolution at an affordable price.
The Otello is Soundsmith’s entry level Fixed Coil design, realizing an affordable pathway into the world of high-performance cartridges. Built 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 dynamic range that no other cartridge in this price. The result? A wonderful design that gives the warmth of MM and the light-footedness of Moving Iron design.
Also available in dual-coil mono.
Available As Dual Coil Mono
Type: • Fixed Coil / Moving IronMount: • Standard ½”Stylus: • Elliptical Titanium Bonded, 0.20 mm roundRadius of Curvature: • 6 x 17 µmCantilever: • Aluminum AlloyRecommended Tracking Force: • 1.3 - 1.6 g Standard (Medium Compliance)• 1.0 - 1.2 g (Special Order High Compliance)Effective Tip Mass: • 0.50 mgCompliance: • 22 µm/mN (Medium Compliance)• 28 µm/mN (High Compliance)Frequence Response: • 20 - 20,000 Hz ± 2.5 dBChannel Separation @ 1000 Hz: • > 24 dB• N/A (Mono version)Channel Separation @ 50 - 15,000 Hz: • > 20 dB• N/A (Mono version)Channel Difference: • < 1.8 dB• < 1.0 dB (Mono version)Output Voltage @ 5cm/sec: • > 2.12 mV (HIGH)DC Resistance (DCR): • 680ΩCoil Inductance per channel: • 190 mHSuggested Preamp Gain: • 38 - 44 dBCartridge Weight: • 9.20 g (ES series)Recommended Load Resistance: • ≥ 47kΩRecommended Load Capacitance: • n/a
It is effortless. I am coming from a MM Nagaoka MP-110 cartridge and this thing is worlds apart in the amount of detail that it pulls. It feels extremely light footed and airy and very focused. Iíve never heard a cartridge like this one before. Soundsmith will be taking more of my money in the future. I love peter ledermannís philosophy on cartridge design and just canít get enough of this thing. Iím listening to everything over again.
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