It had been several years since the Sumiko manufacturer had offered new phono cartridges. For our pleasure, it recently released a brand new MM cartridges range, the Oyster series!
This very new series is composed of 4 different models: the Rainier, the Olympia, the Moonstone and the Amethyst. Each cartridge is recognizable thanks to a color code on the stylus.
The Sumiko Rainier cartridge is the first model available in this MM cartridges new range. Since the box opening, you immediately notice the matt black finish of the cartridge’s body that gives it a nice look. It differs from the 3 other models in the range, thanks to its white stylus.
In terms of restitution, this Sumiko Rainier is close to the Sumiko Pearl cartridge. Indeed, you find once again a soft and natural sound, even “vintage”. If you would like to go further, know that you can improve it over time by changing the stylus by an Olympia stylus or even a Moonstone stylus. Attractive upgrade perspectives!
The Sumiko Olympia cartridge is the second model in the Oyster range. It takes up the black matt body of the series, but associated with a green stylus, distinguishing feature of the Olympia.
This Sumiko Olympia has an elliptical stylus, thinner than its little sister, the Rainier. This allows it to offer a more dynamic and defined restitution. If you like the “Sumiko-like sound”, this Olympia cartridge is certainly made for you!
The Oyster series is completed with a third model, the Sumiko Moonstone MM cartridge. Seen from the outside, it stands out by its red stylus.
Technically, it is also a bit different from the two first models in the range. The Sumiko Moonstone benefits from a more powerful moving magnet effect. You can hear the difference right away when you listen. It offers a fully realistic restitution, even in three dimensions. It is almost like a MC cartridge! Impressive!
The Sumiko Amethyst is the fourth and last model in the new range of MM cartridges. Apart from its pretty black matt finish, this Amethyst cartridge has nothing in common with the 3 previous models and benefits from all the know-how of the manufacturer.
Equipped with a “Nude Line Contact” stylus, this Sumiko cartridge is even more performing. Its restitution is simply bluffing and has to envy to some MC cartridges! We really love its dynamics, realism or even its musicality. Associated with a good phono preamplifier, it is sure that it will work wonders! An outstanding surprise by Sumiko!
For the American manufacturer Sumiko, it took some time to offer a new MM cartridges range… But regarding to the performances of these 4 phono cartridges, we can now say that it was worth the wait! A great success!