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 Sumiko Starling Sumiko - Brisbane HiFi

Sumiko Starling

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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

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

"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." Read the full review from SoundStage! Ultra here.

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