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For nearly 40 years, SUMIKO has provided the finest array of phono pick-up cartridges to discerning audio enthusiasts around the world. Boasting a portfolio of products that touches all price points and technologies, there are many names in their roster that are indisputably synonymous with high-quality record playback.
The current range from SUMIKO is firmly established, and spans from ultra-affordable to esoteric high-end in its makeup. Starting with the affordable Oyster Series, encompassing both Entry Level (Oyster, Black Pearl and Pearl) and Premium Moving Magnet (Rainier, Olympia, Moonstone and Amethyst) models as well as the iconic Blue Point moving coil range, all 'affordable' options are adequately covered; giving vinyl newcomers or those on a limited budget a taste of the high-end for a fraction of the price. The audiophile Reference Series then meets the demands of truly high-end vinyl playback systems with the "Songbird" range, bolstered by the Pearwood Celebration II and the luxurious Palo Santos Presentation one-off designs.
SUMIKO cartridges come from a proud Japanese heritage of delivering premium sound experiences, and the whole range is still made by the same company today, now under the ownership of the internationally renowned McIntosh Group. Yet regardless of price, every SUMIKO cartridge is driven by a collective passion for achieving the best sound possible in the analogue format; so you can guarantee you'll experience musicality of sound and phenomenal cost-to-performance ratio with every model. SUMIKO cartridges truly reveal the magic within your treasured vinyl record collection.
An affordable price doesn't have to mean you sacrifice your expected level of performance for your investment, as is proven by the Entry-Level Moving Magnet Series of cartridges. After the introductory Oyster, with its bonded spherical stylus and rugged generator assembly, designed to stand-up to the rigorous demands of a keen vinyl newcomer; the step-up to the Black Pearl increases performance ability significantly thanks to its trickle down technology from the superior Pearl. Rounding off the series is the Pearl itself, a highly-revered, long-standing cartridge with an elliptical stylus profile and all the expected properties of a mid-priced moving magnet at a suprisingly affordable one.
The newest additions to the SUMIKO's coveted line of moving magnet cartridges are premium solutions with matching asthetics, drawing their names from different types of oyster. The Rainier, Olympia, Moonstone and flagship Amethyst comfortably out-perform similarly priced solutions. The first three models in the range all utilise a common housing and generator assembly, for easy stylus upgrades as your listening system progresses. The top-of-the-line Amethyst benefits from its own unique cartridge body, allowing its Nude Line-Contact stylus to perform to the highest possible standard.
The Blue Point name is an icon of the SUMIKO range, and sets the standard for premium high output moving coil cartridges. The latest generation of the hugely successful Blue Point Special sets the bar high for performance with its remarkably smooth tonal balance, richness, and warmth, achieved thanks to its expertly engineered "open architecture" design. Drawing on the lasting sucess of the Blue Point Special EVO III, the Blue Point No. 2 sets a new standard for low-priced moving coils, with its impeccable electrical and mechanical design, ensuring a performance that's sure to get your feet tapping.
The Songbird Line represtents the penultimate step in SUMIKO's cartridge series, elevating overall performance and expectation firmly into the high-end arena. From the Songbird, with its exceptional tracking ability and wide compatibility, through the long-standing Blackbird and its exceedingly low noise levels and wide dynamic range, up to the reference open architecture design, Starling, with its MircoRidge stylus on a Boron cantilever; each model in the range promises to sing as beautifully and naturally as its name suggests.
Reserved for the best of the best, the Luxury Line of cartridges in the premium Reference Series offer a musical experience that has to be heard to be believed. Capable of the most startling realism, musical fluidity and detail extraction, the Pearwood Celebration II and the Flagship Palo Santos Presentation are wooden cartridge designs drawing on a proud Japanese heritage of maximum fidelity, intended only for the most demanding Hi-Fi stereo systems. Expect to be amazed by what they can achieve.