Cartridge Compliance/Arm Mass chart

The following is a quick reference for Soundsmith cartridges and tone arm mass matching
Cartridge
Model
Cartridge
version
Cartridge
Mass (grams)
Compliance
μm/mN

Cartridge
Output

Recommended
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for Tone Arm
Mass (grams)
The Voice standard 6.8 22 (Medium) High (2.12mV) 47 kΩ ≤ 12
Sotto Voce standard 6.8 22 (Medium) Medium (1.1mV) ≥ 1500 Ω ≤ 12
Aida standard 6.8 22 (Medium) High (2.12mV) 47 kΩ ≤ 12
Norma standard 6.8 22 (Medium) Medium (1.1mV) ≥ 1500 Ω ≤ 12
Boheme standard 6.8 22 (Medium) High (2.12mV) 47 kΩ ≤ 12
Carmen standard 6.8 22 (Medium) High (2.12mV) 47 kΩ ≤ 12
Otello standard 6.8 22 (Medium) High (2.12mV) 47 kΩ ≤ 12
The Voice High Compliance* 6.8 28 (High) High (2.12mV) 47 kΩ ≤ 8
Sotto Voce High Compliance* 6.8 28 (High) Medium (1.1mV) ≥ 1500 Ω ≤ 8
Aida High Compliance* 6.8 28 (High) High (2.12mV) 47 kΩ ≤ 8
Norma High Compliance* 6.8 28 (High) Medium (1.1mV) ≥ 1500 Ω ≤ 8
Boheme High Compliance* 6.8 28 (High) High (2.12mV) 47 kΩ ≤ 8
Carmen High Compliance* 6.8 28 (High) High (2.12mV) 47 kΩ ≤ 8
Otello High Compliance* 6.8 28 (High) High (2.12mV) 47 kΩ ≤ 8
Hyperion standard 10.25 10 (Low) Low (0.4mV) 470 - 1000 Ω 7 - 29
Helios standard 10.25 10 (Low) Medium (1.1mV) ≥ 1500 Ω 7 - 29
Sussurro standard 10.25 10 (Low) Low (0.4mV) 470 - 1000 Ω 7 - 29
Mezzo standard 10.25 10 (Low) Medium (1.1mV) ≥ 1500 Ω 7 - 29
Paua standard 10.25 10 (Low) Low (0.4mV) 470 - 1000 Ω 7 - 29
Nautilus standard 10.25 10 (Low) Medium (1.1mV) 470 - 1000 Ω 7 - 29
Zephyr MIMC Star standard 10.25 10 (Low) Low (0.4mV) 470 - 1000 Ω 7 - 29
Zephyr MK III standard 10.25 10 (Low) High (2.12mV) 47 kΩ 7 - 29
Irox Ultimate standard 10.25 10 (Low) High (2.12mV) 47 kΩ 7 - 29
Irox Blue standard 10.25 10 (Low) High (2.12mV) 47 kΩ 7 - 29

Strain Gauge systems

NA 10.25 10 (Low) N/A NA

7 - 29

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