Skip Navigation

Sumiko Pearl

Moving magnet phono cartridge

34 Reviews | 5 questions - 13 answers

Overview

Our take on the Sumiko Pearl

Out-of-this-world sound at a down-to-earth price

With its extended frequency response and groove-hugging elliptical diamond stylus, the Sumiko Pearl delivers the kind of gripping performance that'll keep your toes tapping from the very first note to the very last drum roll. Cymbal splashes come across as natural, open, and airy, while bass lines are rendered tight, deep, and tuneful. Even surface noise, one of vinyl's Achilles heels, is pushed far off into the background. You'll enjoy sparkling clarity and warmth with every disc in your treasured vinyl library.


My second Pearl. Crutchfield and all local dealers could not sell me a replacement stylus when I needed one.

william, Daytona Beach, FL

What's in the Box:

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

Product Highlights:

  • moving-magnet design
  • 0.2 x 0.8mm bonded elliptical diamond stylus
  • alloy tube cantilever
  • frequency response 12-30,000 Hz
  • output voltage: 4 mV
  • stereo separation: 30 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
Reviews

Sumiko Pearl Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(34 Reviews)
rewards card

Submit a review and enter to win a $350 rewards card

Review this product

Thanks for submitting your review

Most reviews are processed and published within 5 business days. You will receive a confirmation email once your review has been published.

Your Review

Use the stars below to rate the overall product on a scale of 1-5
1500
Upload your photos

Not visible. Email associated with order.
(e.g., Charlottesville, VA)

Additional Fields (optional)

500
500

By submitting this review, you agree to our terms and review guidelines.

Filter by rating

Customer photos


<< >>
Details

Hands-on research

Product Research

Features

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

Compatibility: The Sumiko 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..

Our Product Research Team

At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team. They verify what’s in the box, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

Q & A

Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

Reviews, frequency response, cost. [ GREGG  Jun 13, 2017 ]
Replace RS Shure V15. Sumiko has great reviews. Crutchfield has great price with my rewards applied! [ sgib  May 02, 2017 ]
The reviews were very good [ Guy  Apr 26, 2017 ]
Reasonably priced. Superior freq response. Product reputation. [ Gary  Apr 05, 2017 ]
Looks to be a great buy at this price point. [ Edwin  Mar 15, 2017 ]
Very satisfied with this Pearl product for my turntable. [ Robert  Mar 15, 2017 ]
Good reviews and good price point for my application [ GEORGE  Feb 06, 2017 ]
reviews [ scott  Jan 28, 2017 ]
Comments and recommendations from Crutchfield's site [ ALFREDO  Jan 09, 2017 ]
Needed a new cartridge. [ James  Dec 06, 2016 ]
ratings, review, fits my system [ Hubert  Nov 30, 2016 ]
After reading reviews on the Sumiko Pearl, I sent an email asking if the cartridge would work with my old Sony PS-X600. Jasan wrote back saying he had done some research, and that the cartridge would indeed work with my turntable. I have bought other items from Crutchfield, and have been well-advised by representatives in the past. So I was confident about ordering this cartridge. [ Paula  Nov 27, 2016 ]
My brother bought one and is very pleased with the improvement in sound from his turntable. Other reviews have been good and I like the idea of the elliptical stylus effect on surface noise. [ Joseph  Aug 29, 2016 ]
Needed to replace my cartridge that I purchased in the early 90s. Plus I wanted to upgrade. Thank you both Blake and Kay for your assistance Blake's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=12 Kay's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=211 [ Michael  Aug 18, 2016 ]
Research combined with price [ Michael  Aug 02, 2016 ]
I have been making upgrades to my sound system. First high end Klipsch speakers, then a higher power receiver and better turn table. This would seem to bring out the best of all the upgrades. [ WILLIAM  Mar 09, 2016 ]
I chose the Sumiko Pearl phono cartridge based upon my advisor Peyton's recommendations, and the overwhelmingly positive customer reviews it received. Peyton's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=183 [ EDWARD A  Jan 10, 2016 ]

5 questions already asked

We do not offer Pioneer turntables but Sumiko does list Pioneer as a compatible manufacturer. The cartridge is an ideal replacement for any standard 1/2" mount turntable or headshell. I hope that helps. My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  Jun 14, 2017 ]  Staff
Hi John. I recently hooked up a sumiko pearl to my 1978 pioneer pl-540 turntable and it fit the headshell just fine. All the pioneer turntables I have dealt with would fit this cartridge. If you have any problems I am sure Crutchfield will take care of you, their customer service is superior. Good luck, this cartridge provides a nice overall sound for a variety of music for the money. [ STEVEN  Jun 12, 2017 ]
Hello John I'm not sure if you have recieved an answer to your inquiry about the fit of the Sumiko Pearl cartridge. If the Pioneer headshell is the original (black anodized Technique type) then yes it should fit. I installed one of these replacing an ADC cartridge/stylus on my uncles Pioneer Pl 15d. ( shorter headshell wires were also used due to decay of old original wires.) He really enjoys the result ... Good Luck and happy spinning.. Stephen P. [ Jazzing67  Jun 10, 2017 ]
yes I have mine in a pioneer pl51 this is a good cart. Enjoy it [ pioneer  Jun 10, 2017 ]
Sorry, I have no experience with the Pioneer PL 510a. Maybe consult the manufacturer. [ RICHARD  Jun 10, 2017 ]
According to your owner's manual on page 2, the answer is yes. You will need to mount it on the headshell, and instructions are provided. The only issue is if the cartridge height is greater than 20mm, it could interfere with playing records that are stacked high. You should check this before you purchase. [ Daniel  Jun 06, 2017 ]
I have mine on an MCS 6700 turntable that was made by Technics back int the late 70's to mid 80's. If I remember the 1950 is very similar to the MCS. Search for the MCS and find a picture to compare to your table and if the cartridge holder is similar it should be fine. You will need a stylus gage to get it set properly. Hope that will help. It is an awesome cartridge, best I have ever owned. [ Larry  Jun 06, 2017 ]
Hi David i can't answer this question because this cartridge was not compatible with my Scot Semi-automatic belt-drive turntable. The reason being that this unit uses a T4P type plug-in cartridge and didn't fit the tone arm.. I had to send it back for a refund [ Michael  Jun 06, 2017 ]
Yes, but you will have to visit another site or a hi-fi store to do so. [ Steven  Jan 25, 2016 ]
Yes it is. Replacement I believe runs about $70. [ JAMES  Jan 24, 2016 ]
I don't know. [ RONALD D  Jan 24, 2016 ]
Yes, but be sure you are ordering a genuine Sumiko replacement, will cost around $70. Happy listening!! [ DENNIS L  Jan 24, 2016 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Thanks for contacting us. Without knowing the exact model Pro-ject turntable you have, we cannot verify 100% compatibility. However, looking at all the current models that Pro-ject, the Sumiko Pearl cartridge is compatible. If you want make 100% sure prior to ordering, you can contact Pro-ject at 510.843.4500 If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Jun 18, 2014 ]  Staff

Looking for more? Check out the next model in this lineup.

Sumiko Blue Point No.2

An audiophile classic

The Sumiko Blue Point No.2 offers these features:

a moving-coil design with exceptional resolution

nude-mounted elliptical stylus for lower friction and longer wear

high-output voltage for direct compatibility with most preamps, integrated amps, and receivers with phono inputs