Soundsmith Nautilus Phono Cartridge



Each one hand crafted by Peter Ledermann – Made in  the USA. Rebuild Price? $550 – Less than 20% of MSRP ! ~  The Nautilus features a 2 year warranty to the original owner.

The Nautilus (Paua w/Medium Output) is one of Soundsmith’s most highly regarded top of the line low output cartridges. It has won numerous accolades and praise from users and reviewers around the word, including an “Editor’s Choice Award” in 2015 from TAS.

“The Mezzo and the Nautilus can perform this sonic magic of sounding lifelike and with the exact intentions of the musician, whether it’s played in the concert hall, in the studio, or on electronic hardware and software. Both these cartridges made each record sound like the best sounding record I’ve ever heard. That is, until I played the next record.” – Tom Lyle, Enjoy The Music – Click Here For Full Review

“If I had to live with just one cartridge, I would choose the Paua, because it offers more with a wider range of the recordings in my collection. As it stands, the cartridge will be happily employed spinning records in the future, as we have added it to our reference fleet.” Jeff Dorgay, Tone Click Here For Full Review

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Medium output design, otherwise identical to the Paua.


Cartridge Type

Special Order



Output Voltage

1.1 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: • Nude Contact Line SELECTED
Cantilever: • Telescoping Aluminum Alloy
Recommended Tracking Force: • 1.7 – 1.9 g
Effective Tip Mass: • 0.30 mg
Compliance: • 10 µm/mN
Frequence Response: • 20 – 20,000 Hz ± 1.0 dB
Channel Separation @ 1000 Hz: • > 34 dB
• 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: • > 1.10 mV (MEDIUM)
DC Resistance (DCR): • 110Ω
Coil Inductance per channel: • 30 mH
Suggested Preamp Gain: • 48 – 54 dB
Cartridge Weight: • 10.25 g
Recommended Load Resistance: • ≥ 1.5kΩ
Recommended Load Capacitance: • n/a