Oyster Phono Cartridge

Classic Moving Magnet Phono Pickup

Sumiko Oyster phono cartridge is generally smooth in character yet surprisingly musical — a high-value introduction to the hobby of critical listening at manageable price for anyone looking to get a taste for the difference a cartridge upgrade can make. A conventional moving magnet cartridge with a rugged spherical stylus and alloy cantilever, it’s perfect match for any MM preamp and represents a fantastic step forward from most any entry-level & OEM design. You’ll hear an added layer of depth accompanied by enticing mid/high frequency extension.

 

Our Classic Oysters

Over 40 years and worldwide, our classic Oyster Series has left thousands of captivated listeners in its wake. The series is comprised of our Oyster (MM), Black Pearl (MM), Pearl (MM), Blue Point No. 2 (MC) & Blue Point Special EVO III (MC) — each capable of delivering a degree of refinement you have yet to hear from your turntable system. The cartridges have established themselves over decades as high-value gems that dependably out-perform listeners’ expectations for their dollar. Marked by honesty in analog reproduction, our Oyster Series remains true to what’s in the groove, impressively and convincingly voiced to bring you closer to your music.

 

Hand-Crafted in Japan

From Oyster to Reference, each Sumiko phono cartridge is crafted by hand in Yokohama, Japan — near the waters where our namesake Oysters dwell. We’ve selected by ear the finest materials that combine to deliver performance that has enlightened generations of listeners. Each design is thoroughly auditioned until perfected. Production is then executed by world-class cartridge makers with a collective eye for precision & quality. The result is a full horizon of cartridges eager to introduce themselves to your analog system — we firmly believe there’s a perfect cartridge for you here.

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Description

Design Principle
Sumiko Moving Magnet Phono Cartridges Sketch

Moving Magnet


Mass & Dimension
5.3g, 18.2 x 18 x 30.50mm (WxHxD)

Stylus
0.7mil Spherical

Cantilever
Aluminum Alloy

Coils
High-Purity Copper

Internal Impedance
1,130Ω

Load Impedance
47kΩ

Frequency Response
30Hz – 20kHz

Output
5.0mV

Channel Separation
25dB @ 1kHz

Channel Balance
1dB @ 1kHz

Compliance
12×10-6cm/dyn @ 100Hz

Capacitance
100pF – 200pF

Vertical Tracking Angle
25°

Tracking Force Range
1.5g – 2.5g

Recommended Tracking Force
2.3g

Replacement Stylus Unit
Oyster RS