Created out of the desire to make a very high performance design at an affordable price, the Carmen 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.


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.

Soundsmith Carmen MKII

    • Cartridge Type: Fixed Coil
    • Output: High
    • Available As Dual Coil Mono: Yes
    • Stylus: Nude Elliptical, 0.120mm SQ
    • Radius of curvature: 6 x 17 μm
    • Cantilever: Aluminum Alloy
    • Recommended tracking force: 12mN / 1.2 gm (high), 14mN / 1.4 gm (medium)
    • 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: <1.6 dB (Stereo), <1.0 dB (Mono)
    • Output voltage: 2.12 mV
    • Cartridge weight: 6.8 grams
    • Loading: ≥ 47 kΩ


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