The Voice/ Sotto Voce


 Since its introduction in 2009, The Voice has won numerous "product-of-the-year" awards and is - in Peter Ledermann's words - "probably the best HO cartridge in production today". Soundsmith's design goal was to produce the lowest moving mass high outuput design possible using novel and advanced technology. Featuring a single crystal Ruby Cantilever and our Optimized Contour Line Contact Stylus, we developed a specialized metallurgy for the low mass moving iron system. A cartridge that disappears. After all,  if it sounds like a "record"'s wrong. The cartridge should bring you directly to the performance; not stand between you and the music.

Sotto voce

This is Soundsmith's new medium output design. All other technical specifications are identical to the THE VOICE.


Technical specifications

Stylus: Contact Line Nude, 0.100 mm SQ selected for low noise.

Radius of curvature: OCL (Optimized Contour Contact Line)

Cantilever: Ruby

Recommended Tracking force:

10 mN / 1.0 gm (high)

13 mN / 1.3 gm (medium)

Effective tip mass: 0.30 mg


28 μm/mN (high)

22 μm/mN (medium)

Frequency response: 20 - 20.000 Hz +/- 1.0 dB

Channel separation (stereo only):

1000 Hz>30 dB

50 - 15.000>25 dB

Channel difference:

<0.5 dB (Stereo)

<1.0 dB (Mono)

Output voltage THE VOICE: 2.12 mV

Output voltage SOTTO VOCE: 1.1 mV

Cartridge weight: 6.8 Grams

Loading THE VOICE: >= 47 kΩ

Loading SOTTO VOCE: >= 1.5 kΩ