Soundsmith Hyperion Phono Stage



Each one hand crafted by Peter Ledermann – Made in  the USA. Rebuild Price? $850  ~ Less than 20% of MSRP – The Hyperion features an industry first: A 10 year free retipping service for normal stylus wear to the original owner.

Find out why the Soundsmith Hyperion is the go-to cartridge for many of the world’s most highly esteemed equipment manufacturers.

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The HYPERION is the cartridge of choice for the most esteemed audio equipment manufacturers. Why? Because when they exhibit their gear at Hi-Fi shows, they want their turntable, amplifier or speaker systems to sound the very best that they can! Peter Ledermann‘s radical design utilizes an actual “cactus spine” for the cantilever. The naturally tapered shape, stacked columnar fibers and desiccated resin damping fit the exact parameters of the perfect cantilever: Low mass, extreme rigidity, internal damping, and tremendous strength. Also available in a Dual Compliance Design for older Linear Tracking turntables as the HYPERION LT. The Hyperions are offered with a choice of CL or OC-CL stylus.


Cartridge Type

Fixed Coil

Stylus Type

Contact Line O.C. Contact Line



Output Voltage

0.4 mV

Available As Dual Coil Mono


Additional Specifications

Type: • Fixed Coil / Moving Iron
Mount: • Standard ½”
Stylus: • Contact Line, Nude, 0.10 mm square
Radius of Curvature: • Contact Line or Optimized Contact Line
Cantilever: • Hand formed/treated selected Cactus “Spine”
Recommended Tracking Force: • 1.8 – 2.2 g
Effective Tip Mass: • 0.30 mg
Compliance: • 12 μm/mN vertical, 7 μm/mN horizontal
• 10 μm/mN (LT version)
Frequence Response: • 20 – 20,000 Hz ± 1.0 dB
Channel Separation @ 1000 Hz: • > 36 dB
• > 34 dB (LT version)
• N/A (Mono version)
Channel Separation @ 50 – 15,000 Hz: • > 25 dB
• N/A (Mono version)
Channel Difference: • < 0.5 dB
• < 1.0 dB (Mono version)
Output Voltage @ 5cm/sec: • > 0.40 mV
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