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Sumiko Blackbird MC Cartridge (Low Output)

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Among Sumiko's first Reference open-body MC cartridge designs, Blackbird has been circling audiophiles for decades. Fiercely detail-oriented via its nude line-contact stylus & highly rigid boron cantilever, it is widely known for its brilliantly airy highs, midrange clarity and full-bodied, texture-rich bass. Nuance around instruments and vocals are palpable, room ambiance vividly transcribed, low & high frequency extension sweet and natural. Originally released in high-output (2.5mV). Blackbird High elevates your MM system to the next level, then some.


The popularity of Blackbird High over years perpetuated much curiosity about a low-output sister — enter Blackbird Low. Bearing the same attack and presence as its high-output counterpart, Blackbird Low delivers a quieter backdrop behind warmer, more refined overall reproduction. Added depth in soundstaging also improves clarity & imaging across the board, reinforcing what they already know to be true in the Blackbird design — it’s a high-value masterpiece among reasonably priced MCs.


Trade In or Trade Up

As user-replaceable styli are not on an option for moving coil phono cartridges, remember that any of Sumiko's MCs, functional or otherwise, can be returned to your dealer in a re-tip exchange — a discount on the same cartridge or one model up, sparing you expense when your stylus heads south! Note: Sumiko's trade program is valid within the United States only.


Hand-Crafted in Japan

From Oyster to Reference, each Sumiko phono cartridge is crafted by hand in Yokohama, Japan — near the waters where Sumiko's namesake Oysters dwell. they’ve selected by ear the finest materials 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 — they firmly believe there’s a perfect cartridge for you here.



  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 17.1 x 20.5 x 28.2mm
  • Weight: 9.6g
  • Stylus: Solid Ultra Low-Mass 75µm x 2.5µm Microridge
  • Cantilever: ⌀0.28mm Boron Shaft
  • Coils: High-Purity Copper
  • Internal Impedance: 28Ω
  • Load Impedance: >100Ω
  • Frequency Response: 12Hz – 50kHz
  • Output: 0.7mV
  • Channel Separation: 35dB @ 1kHz
  • Channel Balance: <0.5dB @ 1kHz
  • Compliance: 12×10-6cm/dyn @ 100Hz
  • Capacitance: 100pF – 200pF
  • Vertical Tracking Angle: 20°
  • Tracking Force Range: 1.8g – 2.2g
  • Recommended Tracking Force: 2.0g




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