Sumiko Pearl Is Outstanding Cartridge
I have a Denon DP-300f turntable, and my ears are pretty particular when it comes to music. The cartridge that comes standard with the 300f is serviceable. It is on the warm side, but stays there a little too much for my taste. I wanted a cartridge that would give me the warmth, but also highlight the mids and highs without becoming to sibilant and piercing. My first attempt was the Ortofon 2M Red which I had read good things about. But when I got it, it veered too far into the highs, and was too sibilant for my taste. So, I returned that (different online store) and came to Crutchfield for advice. As always, they provided terrific guidance, going off my specs. The result was me purchasing the Sumiko Pearl, and man, it has been utterly perfect for me. Exactly what I wanted it to be. Nice warmth, but not sacrificing the upper range. Plus, the separation is really good. I sit there and listen to Abbey Road, and I can hear every instrument on "Here Comes The Sun" as though it was just off the pressing machine. It was also so simple to install. And to boot, I love the way it looks. It has a clean appearance, nice design, that feels modern but also timeless. At some point, I may go for a more expensive cartridge, but for this price point, this cartridge is hard to beat in my opinion.