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Sumiko Moonstone Moving magnet phono cartridge

Item # 782MOONSTN

Extremely efficient design produces superior stereo separation and amazing frequency response.

Extremely efficient design produces superior stereo separation and amazing frequency response.

4 questions - 9 answers

Item # 782MOONSTN

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$299.00

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About the Sumiko Moonstone

Eric A.

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The Sumiko Moonstone phono cartridge may look like others on the outside, but it really makes a difference when you play your favorite vinyl. Its extremely efficient design produces superior stereo separation and an amazing frequency response of 12-33,000 Hz. Don't your cherished records — and your ears — deserve that kind of love?

Product highlights:

  • moving magnet design
  • 0.3-0.7 micron elliptical diamond stylus
  • frequency response 12-33,000 Hz
  • output voltage: 3 mV
  • stereo separation: 30 dB
  • channel balance: 0.5 dB
  • tracking force range: 1.8-2.2 grams
  • recommended tracking force: 2 grams
  • load impedance: 47k ohms
  • cartridge weight: 6.5 grams
  • warranty: 1 year
  • MFR # 844682008240

What's in the box:

  • Turntable cartridge (MM)
  • Plastic stylus guard
  • Case
  • 2 Mounting screws
  • 2 Plastic washers
  • Allen-key
  • Brush

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Stacey B.

Features & specs

Type MM
Mounting Standard
Stylus shape uM Elliptic
Frequency response (Hz) 12-33,000
Tracking grams 2.0
Stereo separation (dB) 30
Output voltage (mV) 3.0
Load Impedance (Ohms) 47,000
Load Capacitance (pF) 100-200

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Features

Moving Magnet Cartridge: The Sumiko Moonstone is a high-performance moving magnet phono cartridge that utilizes the powerful mechanically-generated electromotive forces of the moving magnet to help give your vinyl playback extra punch and convincing realism. The Moonstone cartridge is exceptionally well-balanced and dimensionally dense for breathtaking dynamics. It features an aluminum cantilever, micron-elliptical stylus, and pure copper wiring.

Compatibility: The Sumiko Moonstone turntable cartridge is an ideal replacement for any standard 1/2" mount turntable or headshell.

  • Turntables: The Sumiko Moonstone turntable cartridge supports turntables manufactured by Pro-Ject, Technics, Sony, Pioneer, Dual, Kenwood, Marantz, Denon, etc..
  • Cartridges: The Sumiko Moonstone turntable cartridge replaces any standard 1/2" mount cartridge from Shure, Audio Technica, Ortofon, Pickering, Empire, Grado, etc..

Note: This cartridge is designed to fit turntables that feature a standard 1/2" mount. It is not compatible with P-Mount style turntables.

Specifications:

  • Internal Impedance: 1.130
  • Load Impedance: 47k
  • Frequency Response: 12Hz to 33kHz
  • Output Voltage: 3mV @ 1kHz
  • Channel Separation: 30dB @ 1kHz
  • Channel Balance: 0.5dB @ 1kHz
  • Compliance: 12 x 10-6 cm/dyn @100Hz
  • Recommended Load Capacitance: 100pF to 200pF
  • Vertical Tracking Angle: 20°
  • Tracking Force: 1.8g to 2.2g
  • Recommended Force: 2.0g
  • Cartridge Weight: 6.5g

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4 questions already asked

Q
Is he Sumiko moonstone offered with a premounted headshell?
paul  Jul 24, 2023
1 answer
A
There is not a pre-mounted headshell option for the Sumiko Moonstone, Paul. You can make it a little easier at home with the Audio-Technica AT-HS1 Universal headshell kit in the link below. This is the same unit used in Audio-Technica's pre-mounted options, and would allow you to assemble the complete headshell/cartridge assembly before swapping out. https://www.crutchfield.com/p_057HS1/Audio-Technica-AT-HS1.html
bo  Jul 24, 2023 (Staff)
Q
What is the stylus type on this model? Is it a "nude" eliptical type, or a shibata type? Or something else?
robert  Apr 28, 2022
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A
It is a conventional bonded eliptical stylus. Nude types are made with stylus and armature built together supplying a lower mass. Depending on what type of tone arm you have, you may not notice a difference. All things are variable and add up. I have a very low mass tone arm with this cartridge as it is and you just can't beat it for the money. I have spent twice as much without receiving the balanced quality of this unit.
michael  May 02, 2022
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Robert,I'm pretty sure it's a regular elliptical styli, nevertheless it sounds absolutely amazing for the price
rick  Apr 30, 2022
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According to the Crutchfield website the Moonstone has a ???0.3-0.7 micron elliptical diamond stylus???! I believe this is consistent with the Sumiko website.
anthony  Apr 28, 2022
A
Bonded elliptical
guy  Apr 28, 2022
A
I think it???s elliptical
stan  Apr 28, 2022
Q
Anyone know if the Moonstone cartridge will play ok on a Fluance RT85???s headshell? I???m having bad mojo with Ortofon.
edward a  Jul 13, 2021
2 answers
A
Ortopkon can't compete with sumiko at this price
rick  Apr 30, 2022
A
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
thomas  Jul 14, 2021 (Staff)
Q
How well will the Sumiko Moonstone pair with the arm on a Rega Planer 2 , and a Creek integrated amp.. any issues ?
raymond  Jan 16, 2019
1 answer
A
Its a perfect match and easy to align, take your time ,you will be awarded with emmence details
rick  Apr 30, 2022

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