Zephyr MIMIC Star



ephyr MIMC was our entry-level to the high-performance world of Soundsmith’s MC-pre-compatible, low-output cartridges. It brought a very nice portion of the performance available in our higher-end MC-compatible cartridges (Paua, Sussurro, Hyperion) to the more affordable sub-$2k category. Recently, Peter Ledermann decided to see if he could stretch the limits of the MIMC’s performance even higher without stretching past the $2k price point … little did any of us know how far he would be able to take it! The updated Zephyr MIMC ☆ smashes through sonic barriers with its new laser-drilled Sapphire cantilever and select nude Contact-Line diamond stylus! This is probably the most important Soundsmith model to have in your arsenal. It brings an astounding portion of the performance available only in our top-level low output cartridges, and it does it for just $1,999 retail (USD) !   We’re so excited about this model that we’ve put together our best promotion ever for it – we call it the “Golden Ticket” program: We will be giving away Soundsmith products to customers who purchase the new Zephyr MIMC ☆ via a Golden Envelope inserted into each Zephyr MIMC ☆ cartridge box, ranging from EZ-Mount Screws to Strain Gauge 210 systems! We’ll be spreading the news about this promotional program very soon on Social Media, with specifically-targeted focus to the countries where we are distributed. We want your customers to know all about this extraordinary product, and this outrageously cool promotion! Come visit us at High End 2016 in Munich, Hall 4 Booth T02 to see the Zephyr MIMC ☆ in person and find out why now is the best time to be in business with SOUNDSMITH – makers of the world’s best and most unique phono cartridges – – and the WORLD’S BEST REBUILD POLICY! Also available in dual-coil mono.

Additional information


Cartridge Type
Fixed Coil

Stylus Type
Contact Line


Output Voltage
.4 mV

Available As Dual Coil Mono

Additional Specifications

Type: Fixed Coil / Moving Iron
Mount: Standard ½”
Stylus: Selected Contact Line low mass Nude Stylus
Radius of Curvature: 6 x 17 µm
Cantilever: Laser Drilled Sapphire
Recommended Tracking Force: 1.8 – 2.2 g
Effective Tip Mass: 0.32 mg
Compliance: 10 µm/mN
Frequence Response: 15 – 45,000 Hz ± 2.0 dB
Channel Separation @ 1000 Hz: > 28 dB
N/A (Mono version)
Channel Separation @ 50 – 15,000 Hz: > 25 dB
N/A (Mono version)
Channel Difference: < 1.0 dB
< 0.5 dB (Dual Mono w/optimal VTF setting)
Output Voltage @ 5cm/sec: > 0.40 mV (LOW)
DC Resistance (DCR): 10Ω
Coil Inductance per channel: 2.75 mH
Suggested Preamp Gain: 58 – 64 dB
Cartridge Weight: 12.2 g (ES series)
Recommended Load Resistance: ≥ 470Ω
Recommended Load Capacitance: n/a


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