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 a 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? A wonderful design that gives the warmth of MM and the light-footedness of Moving Iron design.


Technical specifications

Stylus:Elliptical Titanium Bonded, 0.20 mm Round

Radius of curvature: 6 x 17 μm

Cantilever: Aluminium Alloy

Recommended Tracking force:

12 mN/ 1.2gm (high)
14 mN/ 1.4 gm (medium)

Effective tip mass: 0.50 mg


28 μm/mN (high)
22 μm/mN (medium)

Frequency response: 20- 20.000Hz +/- 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