The bonded spherical stylus and rugged generator assembly of the Oyster makes it perfect for those seeking a cost-effective moving magnet cartridge that can be used in a wide range of applications. Our most affordable offering will still elevate the performance of nearly any entry-level turntable it adorns.
The Black Pearl incorporates a tried and reliable cartridge body with an improved cantilever and the same spherical stylus as the Oyster. This combination gives an overall richer output, including greater channel separation and a wider frequency response that pushes the listening experience to the next level.
The Sumiko Pearl is a truly unique and precious find within the sea of entry-level phono cartridges. With decades of accolades to its name, the Pearl’s smooth, natural sound reproduction breathes life into any recording with poise and transparency. Its diminutive price also belies its colossal ability to pull a complete sonic picture from each record it touches.
Our first offering in the new Oyster line-up is the venerable Rainier, which continues the Pearl’s legacy for smooth, natural sound reproduction. After years of development, we are proud to introduce an all-new integrated body and generator system that significantly reduces internal resonances. With the ability to change to the Olympia or Moonstone stylus allows for upgrades with out replacing the entire cartridge.
The Olympia brings another level of acoustic refinement to the mix with an upgraded stylus and cantilever assembly, allowing for more dynamic punch and improved frequency response during playback. Due to its improved tracking capabilities, the Olympia is an excellent return on investment when upgrading from the Rainier cartridge, and can even be upgraded to the capable Moonstone stylus further on down the line.
The Moonstone is an affordable high-performance moving magnet cartridge that utilises the powerful mechanically-generated electromotive forces of the moving magnet to help give your playback extra punch and convincing realism. Exceptionally well-balanced and dimensionally dense, the breathtaking dynamics of the Moonstone outperform many comparably priced moving coil cartridges without requiring the huge investment in preampfification.
Easily our most ambitious moving magnet cartridge to date, the Amethyst features a nude Line-Contact stylus and an upgraded generator assembly providing ultra-low noise, hair-raising dynamics, and superior tracking. This unique setup benefits from the same physically-generated electromotive forces fundamental to MM designs which accurately recreate the original sound of any recording. The Amethyst is an easy choice when looking for the most performance possible along with the versatility to pair well with nearly any phono stage on the market.
The Blue Point No. 2 has long set the performance standard for the savvy audiophile on a budget. The high-output moving coil design affords you the responsiveness of a low-mass cantilever without requiring a huge investment in the phono section of your system. Compatible with any moving-magnet phono preamp and virtually any tonearm you can throw at it, the Blue Point No. 2 is a flexible performer that has stood the test of time as a steal in value.
Delivering an expansive soundstage rich with subtlety, Blue Point Special EVO III is an Oyster on a mission to retrieve musical information you have yet to hear from your records. Introducing our distinguished line of open-body moving coil cartridges, it offers a sense of spacial awareness you’d otherwise spend much more to achieve. Consequently it transcribes the nuance around instruments with startling realism in overall rich, textured & tonally balanced reproduction. Blue Point Special EVO III High is designed for use with MM phonostages, meaning you can achieve moving coil sonics without investing in MC preamplification.
Far be it for us to modify a design that’s proven so practical and pleasing to such a wide variety of listeners, but as Sumiko has pushed forward in recent years with our exploration of resonance optimization, it was a matter of time before our classic Blue Point No. 2 was re-evaluated. Blue Point No. 2 – among the world’s first high-output MC cartridges – across decades has become something of a staple among listeners looking for a taste of moving coil sonics without the added expense of MC pre-amplification. We’ve long loved this cartridge and it will remain dear to us among our heritage lineup, but indeed we’ve got another ‘Point’ to make…
Sumiko Phono Cartridges is pleased to premiere Wellfleet, the newest addition to the Rainier collection. The brand has applied and upgraded its award-winning design of the Moonstone cartridge, retuning the suspension for optimal performance of a nude elliptical diamond with the existing generator and resonance-optimized housing found in the rest of the Rainier series.
The Songbird comes in at a much needed price point perfect for launching the part-time audiophile into some serious listening. As its name suggests, this open-architecture moving coil cartridge excels at providing colorful and rich vocals, and highlights the powerful low and mid-end of funk and rock. The long 7-micron stylus face will handle different cutting angles well, and this cartridge is also great at providing some excitement to otherwise anemic classical system setups.
Among our first Reference open-body MC cartridge designs, Blackbird has been circling audiophiles for decades. Fiercely detail-oriented via its nude line-contact stylus & highly rigid boron cantilever, it is widely known for its brilliantly airy highs, midrange clarity and full-bodied, texture-rich bass. Nuance around instruments and vocals are palpable, room ambiance vividly transcribed, low & high frequency extension sweet and natural. Originally released in high-output (2.5mV). Blackbird High elevates your MM system to the next level, then some.
Our new flagship open-architecture moving coil cartidge uses the same resonance-reducing body design as the Songbird, but introduces a long-grain boron cantilever and a Micro-Ridge stylus. This allows the Starling to render the grandeur of an orchestra while still preserving air and space, and also realize every detail of a nuanced Jazz recording with its responsive dynamics and deep silences. The mechanical silence of the Starling concedes a dynamic linearity across the entire spectrum that allows it to handle even the most demanding passages with effortless poise and convincing drive.
SUMIKO’s many years of experience fine-tuning sound and our continuing desire to reveal the most vibrant and exciting colors of analog led to the development of the Celebration II. With its harmonic richness, pin-drop articulation, and excellent frequency separation, the Celebration II is for music lovers seeking the musical experience of the finest phono cartridges at a more sensible cost.
For over thirty-five years, SUMIKO has provided a comprehensive range of phono cartridges to music lovers seeking the finest musical experience at a variety of price points. In fact, the great market success of SUMIKO phono cartridges has hinged on their phenomenal cost-to-performance ratio. The Palo Santos Presentation is no exception. New design requirements incorporating advances in material technology and construction techniques have resulted in a significantly improved product which delivers a highly refined and resolved, yet musically satisfying sound quality previously unavailable at or even near its price.