Soundsmith's New Hyperion Phono Cartridge
Quickly, Peter Ledermann jumped to his feet, almost pushing me out of the way, as he barged toward his turntable, desperate to lift the cactus cantilever on his new Hyperion phono cartridge ($7000) off the record before damage was done. Then he ran to the corner, where he grabbed the dresser to ground himself before his vertigo kicked in. A lengthy product rap ensued until everything had righted itself. Amidst all the drama, it seems I neglected to pick up literature on the products in the room.
What I can tell you is that the Hyperion is Soundsmith's new top-of-the-line moving-iron cartridge (above), with different versions available for different arms. Listening through the smaller Dragonfly speakers and Peter's $699 phono preamp, the sound was extremely clear, colorful, warm and rounded, yet leaning more toward neutrality than overly romanticized euphonic sweetness. "Beautiful color saturation," I wrote in my notes. As in yummy.