Sumiko - Pearl Cartridge




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Moving magnet phono cartridge with alloy cantilever, bonded elliptical stylus and 4.0mV output.

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

Awesome Value

posted on 02/21/2015
5 Stars
I bought the Pearl to replace a Shure M97xe that always sounded like it was struggling on my old Thorens TD166.

I aligned the cartridge using Baerwald alignment and set the tracking force to the recommended 2.0 g. On the very first LP it played, it blew the Shure out of the water. I'm talking a night and day difference. Channel separation, soundstage, dynamics, accuracy all vastly improved, on it's initial play! I can't wait to hear what it's capable of once broken in.

I run my Thorens to a Parasound Z Phono preamp to my Yamaha receiver and Epos Epic 2 speakers. I cannot believe how well this budget cartridge performs with my other "budget" components.

I also have a ProJect Debut Carbon routed to a DB Systems DB-8 preamp (the better preamp btw) and so far, I like the sound of the Sumiko Pearl better than the Ortofon 2M Red. If you're looking at the < $100 price range, spend the extra $25 and get the Pearl.

Cartridge body also makes alignment fair

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