Pearwood Celebration II

£3199.95
  • Luxury moving coil cartridge with classic pearwood body
  • Sophisticated technical design
  • Purpose-chosen stylus mounted on long-grain boron cantilever

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Reference Series

Hand fitted with a luxurious pearwood body that harks back to some truly classic cartridge designs, the Pearwood Celebration II was created to commemorate SUMIKO's three decades in the cartridge business. Using a blend of cutting edge materials and the tried and true, the Celebration is a truly exceptional pick-up cartridge.

The mechanical foundation for the intricate workings of the Pearwood Celebration II is a unique machined alloy “cradle”, into which the entire generator system of the cartridge is fitted, held in place with a single compression screw. Within this structure, the sophisticated magnet system including an Alnico magnet with linear density is housed. The result of this system is a very solid brass foundation and very wide dynamics alongside a vast open soundstage, a natural and pure midrange, and high frequencies that are extended but never bright.

The long-grain boron cantilever employed in the Celebration 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 Pearwood Celebration II design results in a combination of superior dynamics and excellent long term tracking ability. When finished with the ultra-low-mass Ogura Jewel Co. P9 elliptical stylus (Vital Design), extraordinary amounts of detail can be extracted from the record groove. The further benefit of using this recognised, high-performance stylus profile is that it's ground to a very high standard within very low tolerances for absolute reliability and flexibility - yet it's also forgiving enough to give good performance in imperfect set-ups.

As it's part of the Reference Series, the Celebration 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 Pearwood Celebration II 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
  • Ogura Jewel Co. P9 elliptical stylus mounted on long-grain boron cantilever
  • Sophisticated magnet system for exceptional control
  • 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: 30Ω
Load Impedance: 100Ω - 1kΩ
Stylus Type: Ultra low-mass Ogura Jewel Co. P9
Channel Seperation: 30dB @ 1kHz
Channel Balance: 0.5dB @ 1kHz
Compliance: 12x10-6 cm/dyn
Tracking Force Range: 1.8 - 2.2g
Recommended Force: 2.0g
Cartridge Weight: 7.0g
EAN: 844682002231

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.

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