The Otello is Soundsmith’s entry level Moving Iron design, realizing an affordable pathway into the world of high-performance cartridges. Build 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 dynamics not often found in cartridges at this price. The result is a wonderful design that gives the warmth of MM and the light-footedness of Moving Iron design.
Stylus: Elliptical Titanium Bonded, 0.20mm Round
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: 0.50 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
Loading: ≥ 47 kΩ