Our entry level design captures more than its share of recorded beauty —by design. Big soundstage, detail and resolution at an affordable price.
The Otello is Soundsmith’s entry level Fixed Coil design, realizing an affordable pathway into the world of high-performance cartridges. Built by hand like all Soundsmith cartridges, the Otello provides a perfect balance of tone and resolution at a great price. The result is a cartridge that is at ease with any type of music. Just slightly warmer than other Soundsmith designs, Otello yields a richness of timbre that is utterly beguiling with a level of speed and dynamic range that no other cartridge in this price. The result? A wonderful design that gives the warmth of MM and the light-footedness of Moving Iron design.
Also available in dual-coil mono.
Available As Dual Coil Mono
Stylus: Elliptical Titanium Bonded, 0.20mm Round
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: 0.50 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 >24 dB, 50-15,000 >20 dB
Channel difference: <1.8 dB (Stereo), <1.0 dB (Mono)
Output voltage: >2.12 mV
Cartridge weight: 6.8 grams
Stylus to Mounting Hole Offset: ≈ 10mm (0.4″)
Loading: ≥ 47 kΩ