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Soundsmith proudly

announces the

Zephyr MKII

Moving Iron HIGH OUTPUT Cartridge

The Soundsmith Zephyr MK/II model employs "Trickle Down" Technology from a unique Energy Distribution System within the cartridge body - the same system as in the Soundsmith top-of-the-line Sussurro Cartridge.

Our website link below allows you to purchase your Zephyr MKII cartridge directly on our website.

The Zephyr MK/II is built using a selected "low mass CONTACT LINE diamond" stylus design, moutned on a Boron cantilever - capable of truly remarkable separation, sound stage and imaging.

The composite body and unique energy distribution system contributes to the Zephyr MK/II cartridge’s ability to produce high-end performance from a moderately priced cartridge. Using technology found in Soundsmith’s higher cost cartridges, the Zephyr MK/II Moving Iron cartridge will provide a level of clarity and beauty from your vinyl that will make you take out your record collection and listen to it all over again.

The Zephyr MK/II is a high output, low compliance design; one model in a great cartridge lineup from Soundsmith that overturns the myth that "moving coil" cartridges are the only path towards perfection. After all, what is the "advantage" of the moving coil type of cartridge? Low moving mass, right? We got less. Much less. And if you understand moving mass, less IS more. The 40 year evolution of our moving iron cartridges affords lower EFFECTIVE moving mass than most other types of cartridges. That's good, because if you can't stay in contact with the groove walls, you can't hear what's on the record.

The Zephyr MK/II is a HIGH OUTPUT "Moving Iron design" - it can be used with a
standard Moving Magnet preamp. No transformers. No finicky multi-stage ultra high
gain preamp required. Less is more here, too.

Once you've heard your Soundsmith Zephyr MK/II MI, you'll never go back. $1199.95 from Soundsmith - Click the below box to get information on how to order directly from us....


Zephyr MKII Brochure and Specs (Adobe PDF)

Zephyr MKII is available in:
Body: Composite
Compliance: Low
Output: Stereo

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“Zephyr” 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

Zephyr Technical specifications
Stylus Selected Contact Line low mass Nude Stylus
Radius of curvature

6 x 17 uM

Cantilever Boron
Recommended Tracking force: 1.8 to 2.2 Grams
Effective tip mass 0.32 mg
Compliance 10µm/mN (low compliance)
Frequency response 15-45,000 Hz ± 2.0 dB
Channel Separation
(stereo only)
1000 Hz >28 dB
50-15,000 >25 dB
Channel difference <1.0 dB (Stereo)
<0.5 dB (Dual Mono operation- w/optimal VTF setting)
Output 5 cm/sec. RMS 2.4mV
Cartridge weight 10.27 Grams
Load: Greater than or equal to 47K ohm