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A ‘reference’ cartridge strives to transcribe that extra bit of musical information that makes your music come alive. Subtleties like the snap & thump of the kick, the attack & rustle of the snare, fingers on the fretboard & vocal verisimilitude are just a few of the attributes a high-end MC is tasked with extracting and reproducing. Beyond just reproducing them, it must be a highly refined ‘Presentation’ across the frequency spectrum with an intimate awareness for the nuance that elevates performance beyond what can be expected from more affordable MCs.
A high-end wonder that performs at the level of more luxuriously priced moving coil designs, Sumiko’s Reference Palo Santos Presentation is primed to deliver this magic to your audiophile-caliber system. We’ve selected the gorgeous, hand-crafted Brazilian Rosewood housing for its resonant properties — the homogeny & warmth that it lends to a sophisticated, crystal-clear sonic picture that’s teeming with micro-detail. Featuring an ultra-rigid long-grain boron cantilever and line-contact Microridge stylus, tracking is superb and the groove is traced with the utmost finesse. Anchored to an uncompromising machined aluminum cradle and enclosed by a milled Teflon back plate, maximum rigidity and resonance control around the generator are achieved. This allows the voice of the cartridge to sing unimpeded by unwanted coloration and interfering resonance, precipitating to unrivaled honesty in playback.
On the bottom end, bass is buttery and inviting, ever-present and non-dominating. Lush & textural, it emerges from a silent backdrop and remains impeccably defined. Mids are free of clutter & confusion. Instruments and their nuances are vividly tangible while maintaining their natural warmth. Highs are enchantingly airy and wonderfully extended with a sparkle that promises to mesmerize. You can feel the emotion in dynamic shifts, and the musical material resolves effortlessly with charming decay back into the backdrop. Multidimensional yet whole and blossoming with previously unrealized sonic imagery, the result is an uncanny portrayal of your of your most cherished recordings.
As user-replaceable styli are not on an option for moving coil phono cartridges, remember that any of our MCs, functional or otherwise, can be returned to your dealer in a re-tip exchange — a discount on a new cartridge of equal or greater value — sparing you expense when your stylus heads south! Here’s how it works… The cartridge you own is worth 30% its retail value in trade. As an example, if you have a cartridge with a retail value of $1000, it’s worth $300 in trade toward your new cartridge. All trade-ins must be done through an authorized dealer. Note: our trade program is valid within the United States only.
From Oyster to Reference, each Sumiko phono cartridge is crafted by hand in Yokohama, Japan — near the waters where our namesake Oysters dwell. We’ve selected by ear the finest metals, diamonds & resin compounds that combine to deliver performance that has enlightened generations of listeners. Each design is thoroughly auditioned until perfected. Production is then executed by world-class cartridge makers with a collective eye for precision & quality. The result is a full horizon of cartridges eager to introduce themselves to your analog system — we firmly believe there’s a perfect cartridge for you here.