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Sumiko Rainier

Moving magnet phono cartridge

Item # 782RAINIER

This cartridge's extended frequency response ensures that you can hear every note in your favorite recordings.

This cartridge's extended frequency response ensures that you can hear every note in your favorite recordings.

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About the Sumiko Rainier

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Solid Sumiko workmanship

Sumiko has been around for more than 30 years, and they've never stopped working to improve their impressive line of phono cartridges. The Rainier cartridge features an integrated body style that marks an upgrade from the best-selling Pearl, and that's really saying something. Solid frequency response in the 15-25,000 Hz range ensures that you can hear every note in your favorite recordings. 

Product highlights:

  • moving magnet design
  • elliptical diamond stylus
  • frequency response 15-25,000 Hz
  • output voltage: 5 mV
  • stereo separation: 25 dB
  • channel balance: 1.5 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 # 844682008226

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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More details on the Sumiko Rainier

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Features & specs

Type MM
Mounting Standard
Stylus shape Elliptical
Frequency response (Hz) 15-25,000
Tracking grams 2
Stereo separation (dB) 25
Output voltage (mV) 5.0
Load Impedance (Ohms) 47,000
Load Capacitance (pF) 100-200

Product Research


Moving Magnet Cartridge: The Sumiko Rainier is a moving magnet phono cartridge with an all-new integrated body and generator system that significantly reduces internal resonances. It features an aluminum pipe cantilever, elliptical stylus, and pure copper wiring. The Rainier cartridge offers smooth, natural sound reproduction.

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

  • Turntables: The Sumiko Rainier turntable cartridge supports turntables manufactured by Pro-Ject, Technics, Sony, Pioneer, Dual, Kenwood, Marantz, Denon, etc..
  • Cartridges: The Sumiko Rainier turntable cartridge replaces any standard 1/2" mount cartridge from Shure, Audio Technica, Ortofon, Pickering, Empire, Grado, etc..
  • Stylus: The Sumiko Rainier has the ability to change to the Olympia or Moonstone stylus for additional upgrade without replacing the entire cartridge.

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: 15Hz to 25kHz
  • Output Voltage: 5.0mV
  • Channel Separation: 25dB @ 1kHz
  • Channel Balance: 1.5dB @ 1kHz
  • Compliance: 10 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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2 questions already asked

What gain setting should I select on my Pro-Ject tube box s2 phono preamp for this cartridge?
chris  Jan 09, 2022
1 answer
I have the Sumiko cartridge mounted on an Audio Technica LP 120 turntable which is hooked up to the phono input on a vintage Marantz 2230 stereo receiver. It sounds fantastic. Sorry, I can't give any information how it would work with a separate phono pre-amp.
timothy i  Jan 09, 2022
I own an Onkyo CP-700M turntable sold in the late '70s. Could a Rainier cartridge be installed on the arm, or is my turntable model too old for the Rainier cartridge?
charlie  Feb 15, 2021
1 answer
To my knowledge, the Rainier cartridge is designed to be used in low mass tonearms, such as the Pro-ject arms which have an effective mass of around 6 grams, I believe. Your Onkyo turntable from the late '70's likely has a higher mass tonearm so a cartridge suited to such an arm would be better; Audio Technica or Nagaoka perhaps? Audio Technica, incidentally, were quite helpful when I had a question regarding one of their cartridges. It's a slightly confusing subject of stylus cantilever compliance vs arm mass that if not well matched can cause issues. Incidentally, I wasn't thrilled with the Rainer and found it a little boring sounding and lacking involvement. If you can find out the effective arm mass of your turntable, then with some research you can find good cartridge candidates for it. I hope this helps somewhat.
martin  Feb 16, 2021

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