Sumiko Blackbird Cartridges

4.67/5 (3 Reviews) MSRP : $749.00


Product Description

Designed for exceedingly low noise levels, wide dynamic range and the highest possilbe fidelity in its price class, Blackbird is destined to become an analog classic. Each cartridge is assembled using time honored, labor intensive techniques, hand calibrated and critically auditioned to meet the most rigorous standards of consistancy. The main advantage of high output moving coil cartridges is the elimination of any additional gain stages, resulting in an overall reduction of the noise floor. With 2.5mV directly driving a standard 47k Ohm RIAA phono stage, the best possible signal to noise ratio is realized. Nothing but music emerges from your most treasured recordings.


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lofijunkie a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2011

Bottom Line:   
All the positive stuff that's written about this cart I find is true. The only thing that prevents me giving this 5 stars overall is mounting. Its threaded instead of drilled through for allen nut and bolt. Not a great setup for a Rega arm. This design doesn't allow more versatile cart alignments-only Stevenson. With supplied hardware, cart doesn't slide forward enough for Baerwald setup. Would have to tweak slots to make it happen. Otherwise, awesome cart for price. Maybe even more dynamic with other setups? Also, I see reviews are eons old and that list price has gone up a couple of bucks which I had to pay. Surprisingly, the needle that looks like a disaster
waiting to happen, is quite rugged. I've bumped it a few times and still straight and unfazed. Makes your blood pressure jump for a second before you see needle is okay.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Neels Smith a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Been a vinyl lover from my late schooldays in the 70's, I have not hear a cartridge track a record from start to finish so perfectly. I bought it new, and the first 20 hour run in was quite rough. Basically like driving a S-class Mercedes on a rough dirt road for the first 20 hours, and then suddendly hit a very smooth road. Unbelievable that the sound just opened up. Have heard from another guy that the run in on his Black Bird was not so hectic as mine. Getting better with the hour, with around 50 hours on the stylus, it is just one hell of a nice experience to sit down and listen to your vinyls. Surface noise is extremely soft, just the music taking over, with nice solid base and good soundstage. I'm using the Black Bird on a Linn LP12 with an early 80's Fidelity Research FR 66 tone arm. The FR 66 was well known for good tracking, and both it and the Black Bird compliment each other. Comparing recordings like 'Hell freezes over' by the Eagles on Vinyl, DVD and CD, the vinyl version came totally on tops!!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $780.00

Purchased At:   Croak Audio



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by XJRDRIVER a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I have owned many 2K to 3K cartridges over the years from Benz to Grado and neither can come close to this cartridge.This bird kicks them both in the coils. Oh did I mention that it's cost is only 799.00?

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Audio Revolutions




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