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The Palo Santos Presentation truly deserves the title as Sumiko's flagship offering!
For over thirty-five years, SUMIKO has provided a comprehensive range of phono cartridges to music lovers seeking the finest musical experience at a variety of price points. In fact, the great market success of SUMIKO phono cartridges has hinged on their phenomenal cost-to-performance ratio. The Palo Santos Presentation is no exception. New design requirements incorporating advances in material technology and construction techniques have resulted in a significantly improved product which delivers a highly refined and resolved, yet musically satisfying sound quality previously unavailable at or even near its price.
Improvements grace virtually every facet of the product to differentiate it from its smaller sibling the Pearwood Celebration II. Most significant is the new generator anchoring system, which has substantially improved rigidity and reduced resonance and background noise to previously unheard of levels. From the new handcrafted Palo Santos (Brazilian Rosewood) body, which is shorter in height to add vision when mounting and aligning this cartridge, to the Long Grain Boron cantilever and new Line Contact stylus, which significantly improves resolution, the Palo Santos Presentation truly deserves the title as our flagship offering.
"Sonically, the Palo Santos has one of the most unhyped sounds that Ive heard from a moving coil. It boasts dimensionality and presence and speaks in a single voice... In my view the success or failure of any high-end component hinges on its ability to strike a balance among a vast landscape of sonic ideals. Youll be hard pressed for both time and money seeking a cartridge that significantly betters the Palo Santos Presentation. Its a cartridge worthy of flagship status with a price thats approachable and with performance that to these ears is very nearly beyond reproach." - Nail Gader, The Absolute Sound, October 2010
"Taking its name from a type of Brazilian Rosewood, the Palo Santos Presentation features a new generator anchoring system to improve rigidity and reduce resonance. Its body is shorter than its Pearwood sibling, which accounts for better clearance over the record surface to allow you to see the long grain boron cantilever during set-up. Also part of the design is a new line contact stylus said to be the most expensive money can buy: a specially ground, Vital PH diamond... With tracking ability equal to pedigree MMs, the Sumiko sails through tough passages, delivering sweet treble and solid images. This is why we love vinyl." - Ken Kessler & Paul Miiler, Hi-Fi News & Record Review
"Sumiko has produced an extremely revealing and subtle cartridge in the Palo Santos Presentation. It requires careful setting up for best results, but is better than most at getting out of the way and letting the character of the record take centre stage." - Jason Kennedy, Hi-Fi Choice
Cartridge Type: Moving Coil
Suspension: Synthetic Rubber
Frequency Response: 10Hz-40Khz +/- 1.5dB
Output Voltage/Channel: 0.5mV (3.54 cm/sec.,1kHz)
Channel Separation: >30dB @ 1kHz
Channel Balance: <0.5dB @ 1kHz
Optimum Tracking Force: 2.0 grams
Tracking Force Range: 1.8 - 2.2 grams
Dynamic Compliance: 8 x 10-6 cm/dyne
Internal Impedance: 12 ohms
Load Impedance: 100-1k ohms
Capacitance Range: 100 - 300 pf
Cantilever: Long grain Boron
Stylus: Line Contact, ultra low-mass, solid diamond 75µm x 5µm
Output Terminals: Unique gold plated tapered brass pins
Cartridge Weight: 8.3 grams