Soundsmith Carmen – High Output, Fixed Coil Cartridge


Product Description


Our Carmen design resolves high performance at an affordable price. A dramatic deep and wide soundstage, and ultra trackability.

The Created out of the desire to make a very high performance design at an affordable price. Just slightly lush with a
well-developed midrange, the Carmen is surprisingly pleasing and will seduce you into late listening sessions. The stylus used is a part of what makes it special; an ultra-low mass occlusion free nude diamond cut and polished into a true hyper-elliptical shape. The combination of low tip mass and the Moving Iron gives the Carmen a tremendous resolution advantage over MC designs selling for more than twice the price. Housed in a handmade solid Ebony case,
the Carmen delivers.


Nude Elliptical, 0.120mm SQ
Radius of curvature:
6 x 17 μm
Aluminum Alloy
Recommended Tracking force:
12mN / 1.2 gm (high)
14mN / 1.4 gm (medium)
Effective tip mass:
0.35 mg
28 μm/mN (high)
22 μm/mN (medium)
Frequency response:
20-20,000 Hz ± 2.5 dB
Channel Separation (stereo only):
1000 Hz >26 dB
50-15,000 >20 dB
Channel difference:
<1.6 dB (Stereo)
<1.0 dB (Mono)
Output voltage:
2.12 mV
Cartridge weight:
6.8 Grams
≥ 47 kΩ