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SUMIKO Blackbird

SUMIKO Blackbird

mong our first Reference open-body MC cartridge designs, Blackbird has been circling audiophiles for decades. Fiercely detail-oriented via its nude line-contact stylus & highly rigid boron cantilever, it is widely known for its brilliantly airy highs, midrange clarity and full-bodied, texture-rich bass. Nuance around instruments and vocals are palpable, room ambiance vividly transcribed, low & high frequency extension sweet and natural. Originally released in high-output (2.5mV). Blackbird High elevates your MM system to the next level, then some.


The popularity of Blackbird High over years perpetuated much curiosity about a low-output sister — enter Blackbird Low. Bearing the same attack and presence as its high-output counterpart, Blackbird Low delivers a quieter backdrop behind warmer, more refined overall reproduction. Added depth in soundstaging also improves clarity & imaging across the board, reinforcing what we already know to be true in the Blackbird design — it’s a high-value masterpiece among reasonably priced MCs.


    The Music Room enjoys a 40-year tradition of customer care and at time of writing, full 5-star Google reviews. In addition UK customers enjoy the legal rights of mail order and distant selling. 

    We have exported happily for many years and most probably have happy customers in your country who will confirm our reliability and refund in the event of mishaps. 

    Refunds can only be made by the same payment form and to the same account to avoid possible fraud or money laundering.

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    We are an official Sumiko dealer and offer the best UK prices. If you have seen this product cheaper elsewhere, Let us know; we will match or beat any price.

  • Manufacturer's Spec

    Mass & Dimension

    9.6g, 17.1 x 20.5 x 28.2mm (WxHxD)


    Solid Ultra Low-Mass 75µm x 2.5µm Microridge


    ⌀0.28mm Boron Shaft


    High-Purity Copper

    Internal Impedance


    Load Impedance


    Frequency Response

    12Hz – 50kHz



    Channel Separation

    35dB @ 1kHz

    Channel Balance

    <0.5dB @ 1KHz


    12×10-6cm/dyn @ 100Hz


    100pF – 200pF

    Vertical Tracking Angle


    Tracking Force Range

    1.8g – 2.2g

    Recommended Tracking Force



    UK Shipping: 

    APC Overnight (up to 30kg). The premium Next Day service is upgraded on request to 12 noon delivery / SECURITY / Saturday and various options. We have found APC to be a reliable, courteous and predictable service.


    Europe, EC, and abroad: 

    For every despatch we use a professional broker to organize the fastest and highest quality shippers, and we normally use DHL or UPS depending on territory. Our broker monitors the documentation and Customs Clearance carried out by these two reliable carriers.

    Above 30kg: 

    For UK and overseas we use pallet shipping which is a professional service and avoids risks of mishandling and loss. It is not expensive under our contractors and worth a quote.

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