Palo Santos

£4999.95
  • Luxury moving coil cartridge with Brazilian Rosewood body
  • Exceptional technical design and superior audiophile performance
  • Line-Contact stylus mounted on a long-grain boron cantilever

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Reference Series

The Palo Santos Presentation is a flagship in every sense. Through its luxurious Brazilian Rosewood body it exudes classic style and delivers a truly exceptional sonic performance that marks Sumiko as a worthy player in the high-end arena.

Within its wooden body sits the intricate workings of the Palo Santos, including a bespoke generator anchoring system that houses a sophisticated magnet system, utilising an Alnico magnet with linear density to ensure the cartridge delivers a vast open soundstage, a natural and pure midrange, and high frequencies that are extended but never bright. The whole system has substantially improved rigidity and reduces resonance and background noise to previously unheard of levels.

The long-grain boron cantilever employed in the Palo Santos provides class-leading energy transfer from the stylus to the coils. Further, the synthetic rubber suspension system is tuned so the hardness and repulsion factor are optimised for a controlled acoustic performance over a long lifespan. 

The industry-leading Palo Santos design results in a combination of superior dynamics and excellent long term tracking ability. When finished with the sophisticated, specially ground Vital PH Line-Contact stylus, incredible amounts of detail can be extracted from the record groove. PH styli boast a precision polish and clarity that is legendary in cartridge design circles, lending a sweetness to the sound that can't be found at a lower cost. 

As it's part of the Reference Series, the Palo Santos is painstakingly crafted by hand in a process that involves hours of labour. After assembly, final adjustments are made using a battery of test records, and performance is hand-calibrated for your enjoyment.

The sound of the Palo Santos Presentation is the product not only of Sumiko’s many years experience in fine sound, but also of their continuing desire to reveal the vibrant and exciting colors of the analogue spectrum.

Key Features:

  • Luxury moving coil cartridge with classic wooden body
  • Superior Line-Contact stylus mounted on long-grain boron cantilever
  • Sophisticated magnet system for exceptional control
  • Bespoke generator anchoring system
  • Unrivalled sonic characteristics at the price
  • Overhead mounting design

Technical Data

Frequency Response: 10Hz - 40kHz (+/- 1.5dB)
Output Voltage: 0.5mV (3.54cm/s @ 1kHz)
Internal Impedance: 12Ω
Load Impedance: 100Ω  - 1kΩ
Capacitance Range: 100pX - 300pF
Channel Seperation: >30dB @ 1kHz
Channel Balance: <0.5dB @ 1kHz
Stylus Type: Ultra low-mass Line-Contact
Compliance: 8x10-6 cm/dyn
Tracking Force Range: 1.8 - 2.2g
Recommended Force: 2.0g
Cartridge Weight: 8.3g
EAN: 844682006819

FAQ

What is a Moving Coil cartridge?

Moving Coil (MC) cartridges generate an electrical signal by moving a tightly wound coil between two magnets. The movement is created by the cantilever, which houses the diamond stylus at its end and rides within the modulations of a record groove.

As opposed to Moving Magnet (MM) cartridges, MC designs are more difficult to produce - but often result in a more nuanced sound. For that reason, they are also often more expensive and boast better components than MM designs.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the powerful magnet inside, Moving Coil cartridges cannot be installed on turntables with magnetic (i.e. steel) platters.

For more on cartridge technology, read our informative article.


How do I install my cartridge?

Cartridge installation takes time and requires a level of understanding for the turntable/tonearm you are fiiting to. We've created a comprehensive guide, available here, which will help you through each step of the procedure.

However, if at any time you feel uncomfortable with the task at hand, be sure to contact us or your local retailer for assistance.

For more help and advice visit our Tech Support section

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