Created out of the desire to make a very high performance design at an affordable price, the Carmen mk II was crafted to have unparalleled purity of tone and ultra-smooth presentation. Just slightly lush with a well-developed midrange, the Carmen is surprisingly pleasing and will seduce you into long, late listening sessions. Rebuild Price? ~ $150 ~ Less Than 20% of MSRP, as always ! – The Carmen features a 2 year warranty to the original owner.
The stylus used is a large part of what makes it special; an ultra-low mass occlusion free nude diamond cut and polished into a true hyper-elliptical shape. The combination of low tip mass and the Fixed Coil design gives the Carmen a tremendous resolution advantage over MC designs selling for more than twice the price. Housed in a handmade solid Ebony case, the Carmen delivers.
Also available in dual-coil mono.
Available As Dual Coil Mono
Stylus: Nude Elliptical, 0.120mm SQ
Radius of curvature: 6 x 17 μm
Cantilever: Aluminum Alloy
Recommended tracking force: 1.3 – 1.6 gm (standard medium Compliance); 1.0 – 1.2 grams for special order High Compliance
Effective tip mass: 0.35 mg
Compliance: 28 μm/mN (high), 22 μm/mN (medium)
Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz ± 2.5 dB
Channel separation (stereo only): 1000 Hz >26 dB, 50-15,000 >20 dB
Channel difference: Output voltage: 2.12 mV
Cartridge weight: 6.8 grams
Stylus to Mounting Hole Offset: ≈ 10mm (0.4″)
Loading: ≥ 47 kΩ
Soundsmith has designed and manufactured – and repaired – varied types of audio equipment for over 35 years. Dedicated to producing the world’s most accurate vinyl sound reproduction, Soundsmith recently introduced its new top-of-the line moving Iron cartridge, the VOICE, which is touted as Soundsmith’s best sounding MM-preamp cartridge yet. As the nationally recognized leader in the field of high-end audio, home theater and home electronics, Overture is proud to include Soundsmith in our presentation of high-performance components. If you are interested in purchasing a Soundsmith product, you can trade-in any other brand electronic component or speaker on it by filling out Overture’s Trade-In Form.