Responding to the demand for a lower priced, low output design for those who own high gain preamps, the Soundsmith recently developed the Zephyr MIMC Star, which follows in the footsteps of the highly successful high-output Zephyr II. The handcrafted Zephyr MIMC Star (Moving Iron for Moving Coil Preamps) is based on the world famous Sussurro cartridge and captures the gist of the latter‘s sonic signature at a much more reasonable price. The Zephyr MIMC Star has been specifically designed to complement both unipivot arms and gimbaled bearing arms. Its sonic attributes include evenly balanced frequency response, dynamic shadings and remarkable detail retrieval; its slam will leave even the most die-hard analog buffs breathless.
Cartridge Type Fixed Coil
Stylus Type Contact Line
Output Voltage .4 mV
Available As Dual Coil Mono Yes
Stylus: Selected Contact Line low mass Nude Stylus Radius of curvature: 6 x 17 μm Cantilever:Laser Drilled Sapphire Recommended tracking force: 1.8 to 2.2 grams Effective tip mass: 0.32 mg Compliance: 10 μm/mN (low compliance) Frequency response: 15-45,000 Hz ± 2.0 dB Channel separation (stereo only): 1000 Hz >28 dB, 50-15,000 >25 dB Channel difference: <1.0 dB (Stereo), <0.5 dB (Dual Mono operation- w/optimal VTF setting) Output Voltage: ≥0.4 mV DC Resistance (DCR): 10-11 Ω each channel Coil: 2.75 mH each channel Suggested Preamp Gain: 58-64 dB Soundsmith Recommends: MCP2 Variable Loading Preamp Cartridge weight: 10.25 grams Loading: ≥ 470 Ω