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Sumiko Black Pearl

Moving magnet phono cartridge

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Our take on 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.

Product Highlights:

  • 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
  • Case
  • 2 Mounting screws
  • 2 Nuts
  • 2 Plastic washers
  • Small screwdriver
  • Brush
  • Instructions

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: [ 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

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Sumiko Pearl

Fantastic sound and value

The Sumiko Pearl offers these features:

an extended, 12-30,000 Hz frequency response

30dB channel separation for better stereo imaging

elliptical stylus design for more musical detail and improved tracking


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