Our new flagship open-architecture moving coil cartidge uses the same resonance-reducing body design as the Songbird, but introduces a long-grain boron cantilever and a Micro-Ridge stylus. This allows the Starling to render the grandeur of an orchestra while still preserving air and space, and also realize every detail of a nuanced Jazz recording with its responsive dynamics and deep silences. The mechanical silence of the Starling concedes a dynamic linearity across the entire spectrum that allows it to handle even the most demanding passages with effortless poise and convincing drive.
Blackbird Hi Output
The SUMIKO Blackbird has long been regarded as providing the most performance per dollar you can find in the industry. 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 analog classic and is sure to delight many more discerning ears for years to come.
Blackbird Low Output
By offering a low-output version of the Blackbird at 0.7 mV, we 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.
The Songbird comes in at a much needed price point perfect for launching the part-time audiophile into some serious listening. As its name suggests, this open-architecture moving coil cartridge excels at providing colorful and rich vocals, and highlights the powerful low and mid-end of funk and rock. The long 7-micron stylus face will handle different cutting angles well, and this cartridge is also great at providing some excitement to otherwise anemic classical system setups.
Blue Point Special EVO III (High)
The BPS EVO III sets a high bar for performance at this highly competitive price point. Its tonal balance is remarkably smooth, exhibiting a fundamental richness and overall warmth without sacrificing musical detail and resolution. The versatility of the high-output moving coil design allows this cartridge to be driven by nearly any MM phono stage, saving you extra dollars to spread around to the rest of your system.
Blue Point Special EVO III (Low)
All the great attributes of the original BPS EVO III are also available in a low-output version that offers superior dynamics and faster response time. The low-mass coils take some of the pressure off the cantilever suspension system to allow the assembly to squeeze out every last drop of performance from this esteemed cartridge.
Blue Point No. 2
The Blue Point No. 2 has long set the performance standard for the savvy audiophile on a budget. The high-output moving coil design affords you the responsiveness of a low-mass cantilever without requiring a huge investment in the phono section of your system. Compatible with any moving-magnet phono preamp and virtually any tonearm you can throw at it, the Blue Point No. 2 is a flexible performer that has stood the test of time as a steal in value.