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The Su­miko Song­bird is not only the lat­est ad­di­tion to Song­bird’s Ref­er­ence Se­ries, it’s also now the com­pany’s low­est-priced ref-re­fref­er­enceer­ence er­ence level car­tridge. It seems that Su­miko, which has been build­ing phono car­tridges in Ja­pan for more than forty years, and is renowned for its high­priced ‘ref­er­ence’ mod­els, has de­cided to build what, for it, is an ‘en­try-level’ ref­er­ence car­tridge. What’s more, it’s avail­able in both low out­put and high-out­put ver­sions at the same price.

Su­miko says the de­sign of the Song­bird is largely based on its best-sell­ing model, the Blue Point Spe­cial, which is the rea­son there is no car­tridge body. Ac­cord­ing to Su­miko, this avoids ‘un­wanted ex­ter­nal res­o­nance stor­age.’ Also, whereas al­most all other mov­ing-coil car­tridges use butyl sus­pen­sions, the Song­bird uses syn­thetic rub­ber. “This al­lows us to more tightly con­trol the hard­ness and repul­sion fac­tor plus to cre­ate a sus­pen­sion whose me­chan­i­cal pa­ram­e­ters will re­main within de­sign tol­er­ance for a longer pe­riod of time so the car­tridge will per­form as de­signed for a con­sid­er­ably longer time than other de­signs,” says the com­pany. “The Song­bird comes in at a much-needed price-point per­fect for launch­ing the part-time au­dio­phile into some se­ri­ous lis­ten­ing,” said Philip Sawyer, Sawyer of Syn­ergy Au­dio Vis­ual, which dis­trib­utes Su­miko in Aus­tralia. Su­miko rates the fre­quency re­sponse of the Su­miko Song­bird as 12Hz - 40kHz, with chan­nel sep­a­ra­tion of 30dB at 1kHz. The high-out­put ver­sion of the Song­bird has an out­put of 2.5mV, with Su­miko rec­om­mend­ing a load impedan­ceimpedanc­e im­ped­ance of 47k and a load ca­pac­i­tance of 100–200pF. Avail­able now, the Su­miko Song­bird re­tails for $1,599.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Su­miko’s Aus­tralian dis­trib­u­tor, Syn­ergy AV, on (03) 9459 7474 or at www.syn­er­gyau­

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