Reference Series

The Blackbird is the result of Sumiko's quarter century of service to analogue devotees; music lovers who value the expressiveness and emotional authenticity available only from analogue records. It builds upon the strengths of, and lessons learned from The Blue Point Special, no aspect of the cartridge's design was left to chance.

 

By offering a low-output version of the Blackbird at 0.7 mV, Sumiko have taken advantage of a low-mass cantilever assembly to provide even faster response time and superior dynamics. With the right preamplification, the low-output Blackbird takes all of the performance features of the standard version and pushes them to the next level with the improved tracking that lightweight coils afford.

 

With the level of performance and clarity of many cartridges twice its price, the Blackbird was designed for exceedingly low noise levels, exceptionally wide dynamic range, and the highest possible fidelity in its price class. The Blackbird has already become a veritable analogue classic and is sure to delight many more discerning ears for years to come.

 

Key Features:

  • Moving coil cartridge with low mass elliptical stylus with long-grain boron cantilever
  • Wide dynamic range
  • Carefully crafted by hand
  • Low mechanical impedance system
  • Standard 0.5” hole spacing mounting system
  • Available in two output versions, to suit any listening system

Sumiko Blackbird

£1,349.95Price
Version
  • Blackbird Low

    Frequency Response: 12Hz - 50kHz
    Output Voltage: 0.7mV
    Load Impedance: >100Ω
    Channel Seperation: 35dB @ 1kHz
    Channel Balance: <0.5dB@ 1kHz
    Stylus Type: Low-mass Elliptical
    Compliance: 12x10-6 cm/dyn
    Tracking Force Range: 1.8 - 2.2g
    Recommended Force: 2.0g
    Cartridge Weight: 9.6g

     

    Blackbird High

    Frequency Response: 10Hz - 50kHz
    Output Voltage: 2.5mV
    Internal Impedance: 135Ω
    Channel Seperation: 35dB @ 1kHz
    Channel Balance: 0.5dB@ 1kHz
    Stylus Type: Low-mass Elliptical
    Compliance: 12x10-6 cm/dyn
    Tracking Force Range: 1.8 - 2.2g
    Recommended Force: 2.0g
    Cartridge Weight: 9.6g
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