Sumiko Cartridge Range

You can order this product from us online if you live within the UK.
Outside the UK you will need to find a dealer in your country, unless you have ordered with a tonearm or turntable.

Sumiko Cartridges

Sumiko Cartridges

Sumiko Cartridges offer an excellent combination of performance usability and high-end looks in the moving coil category. The Blue Point is an excellent value high output moving coil that is a good match for the Goldring equivalent and offers something special at higher frequencies. The Blue Point Special Evo III at combines wonderfully high-end open body looks; with a performance that is again a good match for the Dynavector equivalent. Although not quite as neutral sounding as the Dynavector; the Sumiko makes up for this by once again offering a truly beguiling top end. The higher Sumikos such as The Blackbird and Celebration moving coil cartridges have excellent reviews and maintain the family traits common to Sumikos. There are also a series of budget cartridges starting from as little as £45 for the Sumiko Oyster. Please note: Sumiko cartridges are not available outside the UK unless purchased with an arm or turntable.

Exchange: If you already own a sumiko cartridge you can trade it in against a similar or higher grade Sumiko cartridge. The trade-in value is 15% of what you paid for the old cartridge you are trading in.

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Sumiko Cartridge Range Comparison

Cartridge Pearlwood  Blackbird (H)
 Blackbird (L) Blue Point Special (H) Blue Point Special (L) Bluepoint Pearl Oyster
Type Moving Coil Moving Coil Moving Coil Moving Coil Moving Coil Moving Coil Moving Magnet Moving Magnet
Stylus Type Low Mass Eliptical Low Mass Eliptical Eliptical Bonded Elliptical Spherical
Suspension Synthetic Rubber  –  –
Frequency Response 10Hz-40Khz +/- 1.5dB  10Hz-50Khz  12Hz-50Khz 12Hz-40KHz 12Hz-40KHz 15Hz-35KHz 12Hz-30kHz
Output Voltage/Channel 0.5mV (3.54 cm/sec., 1kHz)  2.5mV  .7mV 2.5mV .5mV 2.5mV
Channel Seperation 30dB @ 1kHz  35dB @ 1kHz  35db (1KHz) 30dB 30db (1KHz) 32dB 30dB
Channel Balance 0.5dB @ 1kHz  0.5dB @ 1kHz  0.5dB @ 1kHz 0.5dB <0.5db (1KHz) 0.5dB
Optimum Tracking Force 2.0 grams  –  – 2.0 grams 2.0 grams 1.8 grams
2.0 grams
2.3 grams
Tracking Force Range 1.9 – ­ 2.2 grams  –  – 1.7 – 2.1 grams 1.8 – 2.2 grams 1.6-2.0 grams
1.5-2.0 grams
1.25-2.5 grams
Dynamic Compliance (x10-6 cm/dyne)12  (x10-6 cm/dyne)12  12×10-6 cm/dyne (x10-6 cm/dyne) 15
Internal Impedance 30 Ohms  135 Ohms  –
Capacitance Range 100 ­ – 300 pf  1.8 ­ – 2.2 grams 1.8 ­ – 2.2 grams
Cantilever Long grain Boron  Long grain Boron  Long grain Boron Alloy Alloy
Stylus Size and Shape Ultra low-mass Ogura Jewel Co. P9 Stylus  –  – .3x.7/Elliptical
Output Terminals Unique gold plated tapered brass pins  –  –
Load Impedance 100-1k Ohms  –  – 47k Ohms
Cartridge Weight 7.0 grams  9.6 grams  9.6 grams 8.3 grams 8.3 grams 6.3 grams
6.0 grams
5.3 grams
Mounting System Standard 0.5” hole spacing, threaded M2.5  Standard 0.5” hole spacing  Standard 0.5” hole spacing