Sumiko Black Pearl
Moving magnet phono cartridge
Our take on the Sumiko Black Pearl by Crutchfield's 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.
- 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
What's in the Box:
- Turntable cartridge (MM)
- Plastic stylus guard
- Plastic case
- 2 Mounting screws
- 2 Nuts
- 2 Plastic washers
- Small screwdriver
Quality replacement for my goldring 1012GX
Anonymous, Shafter, CA
Sumiko Black Pearl Reviews
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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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Why did you buy this?
I wanted to have the best stylus for the turntable I purchased. This Black Pearl was what Ziggy, the customer service rep recommended. Thanks for your help! [ Bob Dec 03, 2017 ]
Range response and price [ Michael Apr 01, 2017 ]
It was a match for my vintage Technics SL-1900 Turntable [ JEFF Feb 04, 2017 ]
upgrade to Marantz TT42P [ Tim Jan 18, 2017 ]
I chose this over the oyster because of the wider frequency range. Even if I can't hear it might as well let my speakers and sub do their jobs! [ Colby Dec 28, 2016 ]
Replacing a damaged one of the same model - experience with it [ JAMES R Aug 05, 2016 ]
Max advised me on this purchase Max's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=155 [ Chuck Apr 12, 2016 ]
Believed your recommendation - have not purchased a turntable cartridge for decades and needed reliable guidance. This is your valuable niche! [ S Jan 08, 2016 ]
2 questions already asked
it has 4 pins should hook up no problem [ ROBERT Dec 30, 2015 ]
It has 4 pins. [ Nicholas Dec 20, 2015 ]
Yes it has four pins that are color coded at the pins base [ gregory Dec 20, 2015 ]
IT HAS 4PINS. [ MIKE A Dec 19, 2015 ]
There are 4 that are color coded. [ Gary Dec 19, 2015 ]
Mike - 4 pins mine went on an older Denon table and works great. [ Ralph Dec 19, 2015 ]
Yes there are 4 pins on the back of the cartridge. [ Kenny Dec 19, 2015 ] Staff
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 Jan 16, 2014 ] Staff