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~ MC Preamp compatible

~ Custom formed Cactus needle Cantilever system with CL or OCL Selected Nude Contact Line diamond stylus designs (Patents Pending)

~ Composite body featuring impedance matched energy transmission system

~ Virtually hum-free operation due to six sided HyMu80 magnetic shielding

~ Tracks from 1.8 to 2.2 grams

~ Channel separation : >36 dB (LT >34dB)

~ Compliance = 10 (LT: 12 vertical/7 Horizontal)

~ Body Weight = 10.25 Grams

~ Output = 0.3mV

~ (Hyperion LT) Dual compliance for optimal performance with Linear Tracking Tone Arms (Patents pending)

Hyperion, and Hyperion LT

  Further inspired by Frank Schröder, designed and hand built personally by Peter Ledermann..... Soundsmith's NEW top of the line moving Iron cartridge  -

  ~ The Hyperion

  The Hyperion LT~ The first cartridge ever designed with dual compliance to further enhance the performance of linear tracking and high mass tonearms.

Our web site link below allows you to purchase these cartridges directly on our web site.

  The laws of physics dictate how moving systems operate, therefore cartridges must strictly adhere to first principles to get sublime results. In accord with these laws, the Hyperion's Cactus needle Cantilever has the best of all worlds - thanks to Mother Nature. Other Cantilevers are synthesized –we GROW these.

  Superior cantilever designs have always employed tapered cantilevers - Hard to do with aluminum, and all but impossible with the super hard and durable materials, such as boron, ruby or diamond. Cantilevers must also have dualistic qualities that are mutually exclusive; both stiffness and damping are required. The tapered, longitudinal stacked columnar fibers, stacked and damped with desiccated resin are exactly what one would build if one could - fortunately “nature” has done it for us. The best of both worlds - extreme rigidity, internal damping, and tremendous strength define what we feel is the best cantilever that can be built. Used in conjunction with our most highly refined Moving Iron cartridge design, the Hyperion has realized our hope - to further resolve our enjoyment of vinyl replay. Our moving iron design allows the required stationary magnetic parts to be rigidly held in exact position at all times thereby allowing dramatic reduction of the moving mass in the generating system.

   Our fully shielded design allows totally hum free operation, RF shielding, and extreme mechanical stability.

~ (Hyperion LT) Dual compliance design to enhance performance (Patents Pending)

~ MC Preamp compatible - loading 1K or greater

~ Ultra low effective moving mass resulting in superlative transient and micro detail performance

~ Precision formed Cactus Needle Cantilever (Patents Pending) Available with Selected Contact Line or Optimized Contour Nude diamond styli

~ Composite body featuring impedance matched energy transmission system The Hyperion makes it possible to enjoy the virtues of our low effective moving mass architecture with the finest step ups and phono preamps. (Patents Pending)


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“Hyperion” Product Information:
Product Specs (.pdf)
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Find our other ½” Mount Cartridges:
make a selection from list below,
or click here for model overview
Sussurro Paua
Zephyr MK/II
in Wood Body in Acrylic Body
The Voice The Voice
Aida SMMC1
Boheme SMMC2
Carmen SMMC3
Otello SMMC4

Hyperion / Hyperion LT Technical specifications
Stylus Contact Line Nude, 0.100mm SQ
Radius of curvature

Selected Diamond shapes: CL or Optimized (OCL)

Cantilever Hand formed/treated selected Cactus "Spine"
Recommended Tracking force: 1.8 to 2.2 Grams
Effective tip mass 0.30 mg

10µm/mN (low compliance)

(LT) 12µm/mN vertical/7µm/mN horizontal

Frequency response 20-20,000 Hz ± 1.0 dB
Channel Separation
(stereo only)
1000 Hz >36 dB (LT: > 34dB)
50-15,000 >25 dB
Channel difference <0.5 dB (Stereo)
<1.0 dB (Mono)
Output voltage:  
5 cm/sec. Lat. RMS 0.3 mV
Cartridge weight 10.25 Grams
Load: 470 Ohm model now available; Loading range 300-800 Ohms recommended load