Contact us
Close contact box
Connect ID #
135 036 947 4
Connect ID #
135 036 947 4
Don't wait on hold. We'll call you back when it's your turn to talk with the next available .
Please enter your name  
Please enter your phone number  
Please enter a message  

Calls may be recorded for training and quality control purposes.

We are located in Virginia USA.

Thank you. We will be calling you .
We're sorry. We have encountered a problem.

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

Low stock

Other options

About the Sumiko Moonstone

Eric A.

Hear more detail

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

Customer reviews for Sumiko Moonstone

Loading reviews...

Average review:

4.5 out of 5 stars
28 reviews

Thanks for submitting your review

Filter by rating

Customer photos

Customer provided image, click to load a larger version.
Customer provided image, click to load a larger version.

Sort reviews

Sort by:
Items per page:
View page:

Verified customer (What's this?)
Verified employee review (What's this?)

Reviewed on

This review was collected as part of a promotion



Crutchfield response
Customer provided image, click to load a larger version.
<< >>

More details on the Sumiko Moonstone

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

Product Research


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.


  • 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

Loading accessories...

Customer Q&A

4 questions already asked

Is he Sumiko moonstone offered with a premounted headshell?
paul  Jul 24, 2023
1 answer
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.
bo  Jul 24, 2023 (Staff)
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
5 answers
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
Robert,I'm pretty sure it's a regular elliptical styli, nevertheless it sounds absolutely amazing for the price
rick  Apr 30, 2022
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
Bonded elliptical
guy  Apr 28, 2022
I think it???s elliptical
stan  Apr 28, 2022
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
Ortopkon can't compete with sumiko at this price
rick  Apr 30, 2022
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)
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
Its a perfect match and easy to align, take your time ,you will be awarded with emmence details
rick  Apr 30, 2022

Loading articles...

Looking for more?

Check out the next model in this lineup.

Sumiko Amethyst

Sumiko Amethyst

Moving magnet phono cartridge
Add to cart
Something went wrong. Please for help purchasing this item.

Superior performance

The Sumiko Amethyst offers these features:
  • nude line-contact diamond stylus
  • frequency response 12-35,000 Hz
  • output voltage: 2.5 mV
Compare the sound