Sumiko Starling MC Cartridge

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... there is a sparkle to the Starling's performance... bags of glorious detail dragged effortlessly from the depths of the grooves and served up in a capacious soundstage with instruments perfectly ordered. If you want to shut your eyes and visualise exactly where your favourite performers are sitting when they play, then the Starling will make the perfect listening companion... the sheer dynamics and exuberance it was capable of... exhibited a subtlety that was highly appealing. In fact, I don't think I have ever heard Tony Bowers' fingers sound quite as distinct... adept at delivering all the richness of the notes. The level of bass detail it pulled from the depths of each track played was highly impressive.. one of the most involving cartridges I have encountered at the price. This cartridge could lock onto a rhythm with precision and capture the finest low-end detail of any song playing... superb level of midrange clarity, air and atmosphere... gloriously emotional, sending a shiver up my spine. A fine sense of depth and space around the performers. Dynamic and natural-sounding.

Sumiko's attempt at filling what it sees as a gap in its lineup has been a huge success. It has a poise, polish and panache that is alluringly addictive.

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- Hi-Fi News - 5 Stars
Stock code: SMKO-STARLING-MC


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    Sumiko's new flagship open-architecture moving coil cartridge 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 realise 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.

    Technical Specifications

    Cartridge Type Moving Coil
    Stylus Micro-Ridge
    Cantilever Material Boron
    Wire Material Pure Copper
    Internal Impedance 28Ω
    Load Impedance 100Ω
    Frequency Response 12Hz - 50kHz
    Output Voltage 0.5mV
    Channel Separation 35dB @ 1kHz
    Channel Balance <0.5dB @ 1KHz
    Compliance 12x10-6 cm/dyn @ 100Hz
    Recommended Load Capacitance 100pf - 200pF
    Vertical Tracking Angle 20°
    Tracking Force 1.8g - 2.2g
    Recommended Force 2.0g
    Cartridge Weight 9.5g

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