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Sumiko Starling

Sumiko Starling

Regular price $3,499.00
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The 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.


Cartridge Type: 
Moving Coil


Cantilever Material:

Wire Material: 
pure copper

Internal Impedance:

Load Impedance: 

Frequency Response:
12Hz - 50kHz

Output Voltage:

Channel Separation: 
35dB @ 1kHz

Channel Balance: 
<0.5dB @ 1KHz

12x10-6 cm/dyn @ 100Hz

Recommended Load Capacitance:
100pf - 200pF

Vertical Tracking Angle:

Tracking Force: 
1.8g - 2.2g

Recommended Force: 

Cartridge Weight: 

"There was a fatness, a juiciness to the size of the aural pictures painted by the Starling. The tonal balance itself was fairly even, with just a bit of a midrange rise to warm up the sound, but the jammy way the Starling reproduced instruments wasn’t a result of that baby bump. Rather, it was a result of its “pitch-black” backgrounds and excellent retrieval of detail, and its dynamic snap. The combination of those characteristics produced aural images that reached out from between my speakers and just demanded my attention."
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