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"...three names proudly stood at the top of my hi-fi fan-boy list: Nelson Pass, Andrew Jones—and Peter Ledermann, whose company, The Soundsmith, is based in Peekskill, New York. Why Ledermann?"

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The Soundsmith setup produces one of the, if not the, most detailed and three-dimensional soundstages I have yet heard in equipment designed to reproduce LPs. It reveals all of the detail in the usual studio efforts to fake a stage... It won’t add what isn’t there, and plenty of analog records are only two-dimensional. With good LPs, however, the combination of detail, low-level dynamics, overall dynamic range, and natural timbre can be extraordinarily revealing...(Tony Cordesmann - The Absolute Sound)

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Even right out of the box the Mezzo's sound was quite impressive. After about forty or so hours of use it became even more impressive, and I became aware of the many things it got right and the very few (if any) things that it got wrong. It allowed me hear exactly what was pressed into the grooves of the record that was on my turntable. It was also quite striking how quiet the cartridge was when traveling through the grooves of each record -- the vanishingly small level of surface noise that the Mezzo reproduces is quite an accomplishment. But what was much more noticeable even early in the review process after only a playing a few records was that the Mezzo sounded like real music.

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Everyone who had a chance to audition it in our reference system was astonished by its ability to deliver such a high level of performance for such a reasonable price. After 15 minutes of listening, some of the most experienced audio enthusiasts expressed surprise at the cost, expecting it to be higher.

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If I had to summarize it, the Soundsmith MMP4 is simply a miracle and one of the most significant improvements in my system. With the Soundsmith MMP4 instruments are more focused without compromising the warmth I love in my tube system and I can now really appreciate how great the VPI Scout and the Benz Glider are. 

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The SMMC1 effortlessly produced music from "black" backdrops. It produced big, vibrant, well-formed images on a luxuriously wide if not particularly deep soundstage. The incisive immediacy reminded me of the best of what was great about hi-fi's "good old days," and why some audiophiles still swear by "old school" MM cartridges from Empire, Pickering, and the like. In short, it was about as clean and articulate a tracker as you're likely to experience for any price—the kind of cartridge that made me forget about audiophile performance checklists and just kick back and listen for pure musical enjoyment.

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So, how does it sound? It’s amazingly good and stands the comparison to any transistor phono stage I’ve heard. Where it blows away a lot of competition is the meaty, beaty, big and bouncy character it imparts on music; music that gets “audiophiled-to-death” by overly etched, detail-freak ‘stages, some of which cost a ton of money.

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The first thing I noticed about The Voice is that, even though it was brand new, it sounded amazingly good from first spin. Most new carts sound both restrained and congested right outta the box. Of course, after about 50 hours, it sounded even better.

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Well, count me among the wide-eyed—at least when it came to the Soundsmith system's incredibly clean and fast top-to-bottom transient attack, its spectacular transparency, its taut, deep bottom end, and its airy top. This thing stopped and started faster than any cartridge I've ever heard. The speed and precision of its instrumental attack set new standards for phono cartridges, in my experience, as did its overall transparency and its rhythm'n'pace. In the best sense, it made my Wilson Audio Specialties MAXX 3 speakers sound like electrostatics, but with full bass extension and dynamic capabilities.

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The Hyperion, Soundsmith’s new top-of-the-line moving-iron phono cartridge, utilizes a cactus needle cantilever. The sound was not prickly or thorny at all. It was clean, clear, and immediate—bold and well-controlled—with vibrant colors and good senses of rhythm, touch, and scale.

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"The Voice ... is without a doubt the best non-moving coil cartridge I have heard and I would rank it in the top five of any cartridges I have ever heard."

- Jack Roberts, Dagogo

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