Sumiko Black Pearl

Moving-magnet phono cartridge

  • Sumiko Black Pearl



Our take on the Sumiko Black Pearl

by Dave Bar

Give your turntable a shot in the arm

You don't need to spend big bucks to get high-end performance from a phono cartridge, you just need Sumiko's Black Pearl. With this gem of a cartridge mounted to your 'table you'll enjoy dynamic, wide-range sound with impressive detail and presence. It delivers the kind of sonic impact that's certain to revitalize your LP collection, and at a price that won't break the bank.

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  • moving-magnet design
  • 0.5mm bonded spherical diamond stylus
  • alloy tube cantilever
  • frequency response 18-27,000 Hz
  • output voltage: 2.5 mV
  • stereo separation: 28 dB
  • channel balance: 0.5 dB
  • tracking force range: 1.5-2 grams
  • recommended tracking force: 2 grams
  • load impedance: 47k ohms
  • cartridge weight: 6 grams
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • Turntable cartridge (MM)
  • Plastic stylus guard
  • Plastic case
  • 2 Mounting screws
  • 2 Nuts
  • 2 Plastic washers
  • Small screwdriver
  • Brush
  • Instructions

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Overview: The Sumiko Black Pearl is a moving magnet phono cartridge with an alloy cantilever, bonded spherical stylus, and 4.0 mV output. The Black Pearl cartridge offers superior construction and sound quality with an emphasis on real world performance.

Compatibility: The Sumiko Black Pearl turntable cartridge is an ideal replacement for any standard 1/2" mount turntable or headshell.

  • Turntables: The Sumiko Pearl turntable cartridge supports turntables manufactured by Pro-Ject, Technics, Sony, Pioneer, Dual, Kenwood, Marantz, Denon, etc..
  • Cartridges: The Sumiko Pearl turntable cartridge replaces any standard 1/2" mount cartridge from Shure, Audio Technica, Ortofon, Pickering, Empire, Grado, etc..
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Sumiko Black Pearl phono cartridge

Written By BobB, Powell, WY on Monday, October 14, 2013
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great sound, what a difference from old one
easy hook up
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Sumiko Black Pearl

Written By RICH N., WCL, NJ on Sunday, October 21, 2012
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After going to many web sites, I discovered a wide range of products and price points.. I usually end up @ Crutchfield because their buyers really do a thorough search and study before making a product available.. I didn't want to spend a fortune, but I did want the best I could afford in the category... I think this product does a fantastic job based on its price point..

On a scale of 1 to 5, I give it a 4.85 because it meets my needs and does a perfect job replicating my vinyl collection..
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Nice and Mellow

Written By Mike, Las Cruces, NM on Monday, October 15, 2012
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Replaced the stock cartridge on a Denon 300. It gives me the warm sound I was looking for. Highs and mid-range are right out front without being "tinny" and the lows are deep and clear, not fuzzy.
Right balance between lows and highs for my ears.
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1 question already asked

Does it fit my Pioneer PL-A 450 turntable? [ Raymond  Jan 16, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your current system. They will be able to pull up your turntable and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff Staff  Jan 16, 2014 ]

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