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.synergyaudio.com