Soundsmith Aida – High Output, Fixed Coil Cartridge


Product Description


A triumph of Soundsmith Engineering, Stereophile Class “A” rated, a rarity at its price point – and for good reasons.

The Aidaemploys a single crystal Ruby Cantilever and our Optimized Contour Line Contact Stylus;
we did this to resolves the challenges of playing the inner grooves with the same level of confi dence
as the outer. How did we do this? The unique stylus shape of our OCL stylus has a “sharper” playing
surface on the faceted diamond, allowing it to ride easily into the groove modulations of even the most difficult passages and high frequency information that other cartridges simply cannot trace. The result – a truly superb cartridge, surpassing top MC designs with air, focus and sound staging no cartridge at this price should be able to achieve.


Contact Line Nude, 0.100mm SQ
Radius of curvature:
OCL (Optimized Contour Contact Line)
Recommended Tracking force:
10mN / 1.0 gm (high)
13mN / 1.3 gm (medium)
Effective tip mass:
0.30 mg
28 μm/mN (high)
22 μm/mN (medium)
Frequency response:
20-20,000 Hz ± 2.5 d
Channel Separation (stereo only):
1000 Hz >30 dB
50-15,000 >20 dB
Channel difference:
<1.0 dB (Stereo)
<1.0 dB (Mono)
Output voltage:
2.12 mV
Cartridge weight:
6.8 Grams
≥ 47 kΩ