Sumiko Songbird Low Output MC Cartridge Launched
The Sumiko Songbird Low Output forms part of the brand's Reference Series which is, of course, manufactured in Japan.
The Sumiko design team has taken inspiration from the company's range-topping Starling model. It has reduced the number of high-purity copper coils, allowing the engineers to reduce further the cartridge's moving mass, which means the stylus can trace even finer details on the record's surface, says the American-managed brand.
Sporting an elliptical/ .3 x .7 micron stylus fitted to the 8.5 Gram cartridge, the Songbird Low Output has a stated output voltage/channel of 0.5 mV, with a quoted channel separation of 30 dB (1 kHz) and <0.5 dB (1 kHz) channel balance.
Requiring a 2 Gram tracking force, the Songbird's low-vibration construction and open generator design help create a cartridge that has a frequency response of 12 Hz-40 kHz and promises unparalleled performance at its price point, according to Sumiko.
Should you not have access to a Moving Coil output stage, Sumiko also offers a High Output model of the Songbird (AUD $1,599 RRP). This is said to bring all the detail and impact of a moving coil cartridge but, thanks to its electrical characteristics, makes it compatible with any high-quality moving magnet phono preamp.
We're awaiting details on pricing and availability from Sumiko's Australian distributor, Synergy Audio Visual who has confirmed it will be available soon.
For more information, head on over to Sumiko.