About the Sumiko Black Pearl
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.
- moving-magnet design
- 0.5mm bonded spherical diamond stylus
- alloy tube cantilever
- frequency response 18-27,000 Hz
- 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
- MFR # Black Pearl
What's in the box:
- Turntable cartridge (MM)
- Plastic stylus guard
- 2 Mounting screws
- 2 Nuts
- 2 Plastic washers
- Small screwdriver
Sumiko Black Pearl reviews
The Black Pearl cartridge is gorgeous. Unfortunately it would not work right with my new Teac turntable so I had to return it. Customer Service handled my call in a very professional manner and sent me the shipping label while on the call with me after they determined this was not the right cartridge for my needs. My account was credited back to my card within a few hours of the return department receiving it. Very impressed and wished it would have worked on my turntable!
Pros: Top of the line cartridge.
Cons: No cons!
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Does not match or fit.
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hi all! this is a fine cartridge at a great price! it sounds great with my new denon DP-300F table(also purchased from crutchfield with first rate customer service from the by now widely celebrated marshall)! i`m listening to music i`ve heard often in the past and hearing things i had`nt heard before! highly recommended (the black pearl and marshall)! bill
Pros: wonderful sounding cartridge at a reasonable price!
Cons: none that i`ve found and i can be demanding!
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Quality replacement for my goldring 1012GX
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Perfect fit on a 1977 turntable, thanks Cory for your help!
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I am able to enjoy my old vinyl collection.
Pros: Easy to install. Arrived in protective case. Good value.
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I purchased a Music Hall USB-1 turntable after inheriting my dad's vinyl collection. I knew it was a budget table but since I hadn't listened to an album in years I decided it was a good jumping off point. I began buying some of my favorite new releases and listening to analog audio more frequently and the USB-1 seemed to be leaving a little "resolution" on the table. After looking at cartridges on the Crutchfield site I decided to buy the Sumiko Black Pearl cartridge as it was in the Outlet Store and on the advice at the Harrisonburg store. When I picked it up I found the packaging to be a bit over the top (nestled in a white jewelry box) but was anxious to get home and try it out. For the price I paid (Outlet pricing plus using some of my points credits) I was shocked. Installing the unit was straight forward so I was spinning discs in minutes. I immediately noticed much more depth to the frequency response and a bit more air in the upper end. Prior to installing the Sumiko I listened to Beck's Morning Phase in stereo so my sub would accompany my Focal 706s as the lower octaves were missing. With the Black Pearl enough depth was present to switch my processor to pure direct opening up the sound stage even further. My USB-1 doesn't sound like a Music Hall MMF-11.1 but it sounds darn good for the money invested.
Pros: Increased frequency response, simple installation, cost (for an audio upgrade). Plus it's just fun to tinker without changing an entire component in your system.
Cons: Slight increase in the noise floor. This is offset but pros above in my opinion.
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great sound, what a difference from old one
Pros: easy hook up
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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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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.
Pros: Right balance between lows and highs for my ears.
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More details on the Sumiko Black Pearl
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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