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Paua Mk.II Fixed Coil Cartridge from Soundsmith - The Audiophile Man
Not so much thinking out of the box but making a whole new box, Paul Rigby reviews the Paua Mk.II cartridge I like Peter Ledermann, owner of Soundsmith and designer of the Paua Mk.II. He’s a guy who thinks. Many hi-fi industry people only ‘do’. When people ‘do’ a lot and ‘think’ less then ‘why’ is hardly ever addressed. What happens then? Inertia. Improvements are slow to occur and more investment is pumped into known, safe and default ways of doing things. The more money that’s pumped into any system, the larger the fear to change it because people who ‘waste’ money tend to be sacked. Ledermann is never happy to sit on his backside, he’s always happy to readdress a design or a method. It’s because of him, for example, that I set my turntable anti-skate by ear. He never falls into the cosy notion of blaming the concept of tradition as a convenient concept to hide stagnation. The Paua Mk.II oozes thought. This low output design uses a contact line nude stylus with a Telescoping Aluminium Alloy cantilever. Backed by a 1.9gm tracking force, a gain of 58-64dB and a loading in excess of 470 Ohms. The critical aspect …