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Phono Cartridges

Reference™ series

Blackbird MC Cartridge

Designed for exceedingly low noise levels, wide dynamic range and the highest possible fidelity in its price class, Blackbird is destined to become an analog classic. Exceptional performance is achieved by the open-generator body design and rigid generator housing that prevents the build-up of both external and internal resonances and that create distortions common to closed body designs. Additionally, a hand-ground elliptical stylus fitted to a Long Grain Boron cantilever provides efficient energy transfer from stylus to coil resulting in superior tracking, extended low frequency response and superior dynamic range. Suitable for use with a wide range of tonearm designs the Blackbird is the latest manifestation of Sumiko's most recent thinking, listening and refinement of phono cartridge design.

Celebration MC Cartridge

Hand fitted with a silky pearwood body that recalls the glamorous low-output moving coil cartridges of analog's past, Celebration commemorates Sumiko's three decades designing and distributing the finest in phono cartridges. Using a blend of cutting edge materials and the tried and true, Celebration returns the excitement of analog's glory days. The mechanical foundation for the intricate workings is a unique machined alloy "cradle" into which the entire generating system of the cartridge is fitted, held in place with a single compression screw. Within this structure, the magnet is mounted against a yoke that creates a linear, uniform density magnetic field completely surrounding the coil. To make the most effective use of this ingenious structure, complementary components were carefully selected: a classic Alnico magnet for a robust 0.5 mV output; a low mass PH stylus for ease of set-up; a long-grain boron cantilever for stiffness and self quieting; new synthetic rubber elastomers in the suspension system for superior performance and longevity. The sound of Celebration is the product not only of Sumiko's many years experience fine-tuning fine sound, but also of our continuing desire to reveal the vibrant and exciting colors of analog.

Technical Specifications

Model Celebration Blackbird
Type MC High-Output MC
Frequency Response 10Hz - 40kHz 10Hz - 50kHz
Output Voltage 0.5 mV 2.5 mV
Load Impedance 100-1000 ohms 47k ohms
Channel Seperation 30dB at 1kHz 35dB at 1kHz
Channel Balance 0.5 at 1kHz 0.5 at 1kHz
Cantilever Long-Grain Boron Solid Boron
Stylus Type PH Ultra Low-Mass Elliptical Low-mass Elliptical
Compliance 12 x 10-6 cm/dyne 12 x 10-6 cm/dyne
Tracking Force Range 1.9 - 2.2 grams 1.8 - 2.2 grams
Recommended Force 2.0 grams 2.0 grams
Cartridge Weight 7 grams 9.6 grams

Oyster™ series

Oyster™ Series

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