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Soundsmith/Denon Phono Cartridges

The Soundsmith is proud to introduce a new line of Moving Coil cartridges. These are brand new Denon units selected for top characteristics which have been fully re-engineered by Peter Ledermann to deliver very high-end performance. Our goal is to allow vinyl lovers to be able to acquire reasonably priced Moving Coil designs that will provide similar performance to cartridges costing several times as much. To order, use our QUICK ORDER FORM below, call or Email Michelle - Admin@sound-smith.com or 1-800 942 8009 (or 914 739 2885 from outside of the US).

The Soundsmith is pleased to announce the immediate release of our new line of Soundsmith modified Denon Moving Coil cartridges. The descriptions of the Soundsmith terms are as follows:

 

  • Ruby CL - our "standard" nude contact line diamond; excellent performer, somewhat more tolerant of azimuth and VTA than the OC type - Mounted with precision on a single crystal Ruby Cantilever
  • Ruby OC/CL - our BEST Nude Contact Line - "Optimized Contour"  - Features extremely good high frequency performance and imaging; - Mounted with precision on a single crystal Ruby Cantilever
  • NUDE - Plastic body removed - internals modified for increased protection from handling /mounting damage. The new affixed Brass Mounting Plate will work for both 1/2" mounting, as well as single point metric screw mounting for the amazing Schroeder tone arms.
  • NEW! All models (except for the new Soundsmith GOLD and SILVER models which are already so modified), are available with an ULTRA-DAMPED COMPLIANCE suspension system, allowing tracking down to 1.7 grams. Please add $285 to any design for the Ultra - Damped COMPLIANCE design modifications. Add the term"HI-C" to any model number to order.
  • THEY ARE HERE NOW!!! ~ WOOD BODIES ~ FOR THE 103 and 103R - See below -



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Soundsmith
SILVER
and
GOLD
models
pricing
below

Thanks for your patience

while I developed these

fully modified Soundsmith 103's

> The Gold and Silver models <

~ Peter Ledermann ~

 Soundsmith GOLD

$1499.95

$1849.95 for the "R"

upgrade - call or Email

 
  • Output: 0.3 mV
  • Output Impedance: 40 ohms
  • Frequency range: 20 Hz to 45 kHz
  • Tracking force: 1.7 ~ 2.5g
  • Compliance 8 x 10-6 cm/dyne
  • Weight: 14.4g
  • GOLD: Ruby Cantilever and “Optimized Contour” Nude Contact Line Stylus
  • SILVER: Ruby Cantilever and Nude Contact Line Stylus

 Soundsmith SILVER

$1299.95

$1649.95 for the "R"

upgrade - call or Email

  • We have changed the cantilever to Ruby; the GOLD model features our advanced stylus - the“Optimized Contour” nude contact line profile. The SIlver model employs a state of the art nude Contact Line profile.

  • The damping and suspension have been dramatically re-engineered for greater compliance (now it is 8) and superior damping, resulting in much faster impulse response and recovery.

  • The cartridge is housed in a handmade wood body (also available separately for your experiments with the 103 and 103R) with a Brass mounting plate and precision hardware.

  • The cartridge weight is 14.4 grams with a BRASS TOP PLATE, 10.9 Grams with Aluminum; The new heavier cartridge provides better damping, and is resonance compatible with arms of effective mass from 10 to 15 grams. We RECOMMEND the BRASS, but please check that your arm can accommodate a cartridge that weighs 14.4 Grams. If not, then specify ALUMINUM.
  • Tracking force is 1.7 to 2.5 grams.

>> Can I send in MY new or used/broken 103 and get it converted to a Soundsmith Gold or Silver??<<

>> Yes, but there is some risk on both of our parts - The surgery required to fully convert these cartridges is very delicate - some cartridges don't survive... if yours is destroyed, you lose your cartridge, and I lose my time. You MUST Call or Email us for an Rebuild Authorization number for THIS OPTION ~  

      If we use your Cartridge to make a Silver or Gold:

Pricing: NEW Sealed 103 - Reduce price by $200

              NEW Sealed 103R - Reduce by $360

Used/Broken 103 or 103R - Reduce price by $100

Do you want us to install your 103 in our new wood body??

Glad to do so - the labor is $75 - turn around time is 10 days. Call or Email us....(Email & phone info is above)

~ PLEASE specify BRASS or ALUMINUM top plate as above ~

 Our new wood bodies are designed to bring the most out of your Denon 103/r cartridge. The precision machined wood accepts our supplied brass mounting plate, secured to the wood by four machine screws. The Denon cartridge is easily modified after nuding, and then placed without force into the new wood body. The securing screws “trap” the Denon 103 Cartridge between the wood and plate, allowing replacement or service of the cartridge at any time. A permanent potting of the cartridge in our new body with epoxy can be done. Many attest to the improved the sound after potting, and this may always be done after the fitted cartridge has been tested properly.

  Soundsmith Wood/Brass body with hardware: $199.95 - We are glad to install your 103 in our new wood body for $75  labor plus the cost of the body....

Soundsmith Modified
103's
see below
pricing
below
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Soundsmith 103 Mono
16.5 Micron - 0.7 mil Spherical stylus
$479.95  
  • Output: 0.3 mV
  • Output Impedance: 40 ohms
  • Frequency range: 20 Hz to 45 kHz
  • Tracking force: 1.7~2.7g * see below
  • Compliance 5 x 10-6 cm/dyne
  • Weight: 8.5 gram - 9.6 nuded
Soundsmith 103-Ruby CL $479.95
Soundsmith 103-Ruby CL NUDE $649.95
Soundsmith 103-Ruby OC/CL $579.95
Soundsmith 103-Ruby OC/CL NUDE $749.95

Available now ~ WOOD BODIES FOR THE 103/R See them above !!

To Purchase / Quick Order Form / Click Here

Soundsmith Modified
103R's
see below
pricing
below
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Soundsmith 103R Mono
16.5 Micron - 0.7 mil Spherical stylus
$829.95  
  • Output: 0.25 mV
  • Output Impedance: 14 ohms
  • Coil: copper (6N)
  • Frequency range: 20 Hz to 45 kHz
  • Tracking force: 1.7~2.7g * see below
  • Compliance 5 x 10-6 cm/dyne
  • Weight: 8.5 gram - 9.6 nuded
Soundsmith 103R-Ruby CL $829.95
Soundsmith 103R-Ruby CL NUDE $999.95
Soundsmith 103R-Ruby OC/CL $929.95
Soundsmith 103R-Ruby OC/CL NUDE $1099.95

Available NOW ~ WOOD BODIES ~ FOR THE 103/R - SEE THEM ABOVE !!

To Purchase / Quick Order Form / Click Here


* All models are now available with an HIGH COMPLIANCE suspension system, allows tracking @ 1.7 grams. Please add $285 to any design for the HIGH COMPLIANCE design modifications. Add the terms "HI-C" to any model number to order. Compliance will be 8 x 10-6 cm/dyne
Original (brand new/unmodified) Denon Phono Cartridges

Mono High Output Moving Coil Cartridge

DL-102


$249
 

This cartridge is a specially designed cartridge to reproduce superior sound from monaurally recorded records.  The high output mono signal is designed to work with a standard moving magnet input.

  • Output: 3.0 mV
  • Output Impedance: 240 ohms
  • Stylus: 17.0 micron round tip
  • Frequency range: 50 Hz to 10 kHz
  • Tracking force: 2.0~4.0g
  • Weight: 13.0g

Moving Coil Cartridge

DL-103


$229
Denon's classic cartridge, the DL-103, has been an industry standard for decades.  Providing smooth response in many Hi-Fi systems, the DL-103 gives a pleasing sound and brings out the full detail of audio performances.
  • Output: 0.3 mV
  • Output Impedance: 40 ohms
  • Stylus: 16.5 Micron round tip
  • Frequency range: 20 Hz to 45 kHz
  • Tracking force: 2.3~2.7g
  • Compliance 5 x 10-6 cm/dyne
  • Weight: 8.5g

Moving Coil Cartridge

DL-103R


$579

The DL-103R is an updated version of the classic DL-103.  It provides improved sound by using 6N copper coils wound with precision to the cantilever shaft.  Audio lovers will delight with detail that is brought out by this outstanding phono cartridge.

  • Output: 0.25 mV
  • Output Impedance: 14 ohms
  • Stylus: 16.5 Micron round tip
  • Coil: copper (6N)
  • Frequency range: 20 Hz to 45 kHz
  • Tracking force: 2.3~2.7g
  • Compliance 5 x 10-6 cm/dyne
  • Weight: 8.5g

High Output Moving Coil Cartridge

DL-110


$139
The DL-110 is an unobtrusive high output moving coil cartridge that is able to display music in a very three-dimensional manner.  This cartridge provides clean sound for HiFi systems with moving magnet inputs.
  • Output: 1.6 mV
  • Stylus: special elliptical solid diamond
  • Cantilever: aluminum
  • Frequency range: 20 Hz to 45 kHz
  • Tracking force: 1.5~2.1g
  • Weight: 4.8g

High Output Moving Coil Cartridge

DL-160


$179

sorry, item

discontinued!!

Audiophiles and DJs looking for a replacement cartridge will be amazed by the DL-160, which can be used on just about any moving magnet phono input. The phenomenal elliptical diamond stylus digs deep into the grooves to extract the glorious nuances of the music.
  • Output: 1.6 mV
  • Stylus: special elliptical solid diamond
  • Cantilever: aluminum
  • Frequency range: 20 Hz to 50 kHz
  • Tracking force: 1.3~1.9g
  • Weight: 4.8g

Moving Coil Cartridge

DL-301II


$329

The DL-301II cartridge is the updated version of the popular DL-301.  The body style has been changed and output performance has been improved to provide a more detailed sound.  In addition the output level of this standard output moving coil cartridge is slightly higher than most providing a strong response with plenty of punch.

  • Output: 0.4 mV
  • Output Impedance: 33 ohms
  • Stylus: special elliptical tip
  • Frequency range: 20 Hz to 60 kHz
  • Tracking force: 1.2~1.6g
  • Compliance 13 x 10-6 cm/dyne
  • Weight: 6.0g

Audiophile Moving Coil Cartridge

DL-304


$699
This audiophile moving coil cartridge provides ultimate performance in the most demanding high-end system.
  • Output: 0.18 mV
  • Output Impedance: 40 ohms
  • Stylus: 0.07 x 0.1mm special elliptical tip
  • Frequency range: 20 Hz to 70 kHz
  • Tracking force: 1.0~1.4g
  • Compliance 14 x 10-6 cm/dyne
  • Weight: 7.0g

Audiophile Moving Coil Cartridge

DL-S1


$949
Designed for the discriminating ear, this audiophile moving coil cartridge provides the pinnacle of performance with any high-end system.
  • Output: 0.15 mV
  • Output Impedance: 40 ohms
  • Stylus: special elliptical tip
  • Coil: copper (6N) & solid gold
  • Frequency range: 20 Hz to 70 kHz
  • Tracking force: 1.1~1.5g
  • Compliance 14 x 10-6 cm/dyne
  • Weight: 7.0g
To Purchase / Quick Order Form / Click Here