SUMIKO Palo Santos Presentation
A ‘reference’ cartridge strives to transcribe that extra bit of musical information that makes your music come alive. Subtleties like the snap & thump of the kick, the attack & rustle of the snare, fingers on the fretboard & vocal verisimilitude are just a few of the attributes a high-end MC is tasked with extracting and reproducing. Beyond just reproducing them, it must be a highly refined ‘Presentation’ across the frequency spectrum with an intimate awareness for the nuance that elevates performance beyond what can be expected from more affordable MCs.
A high-end wonder that performs at the level of more luxuriously priced moving coil designs, Sumiko’s Reference Palo Santos Presentation is primed to deliver this magic to your audiophile-caliber system. We’ve selected the gorgeous, hand-crafted Brazilian Rosewood housing for its resonant properties — the homogeny & warmth that it lends to a sophisticated, crystal-clear sonic picture that’s teeming with micro-detail. Featuring an ultra-rigid long-grain boron cantilever and line-contact Microridge stylus, tracking is superb and the groove is traced with the utmost finesse. Anchored to an uncompromising machined aluminum cradle and enclosed by a milled Teflon back plate, maximum rigidity and resonance control around the generator are achieved. This allows the voice of the cartridge to sing unimpeded by unwanted coloration and interfering resonance, precipitating to unrivaled honesty in playback.
On the bottom end, bass is buttery and inviting, ever-present and non-dominating. Lush & textural, it emerges from a silent backdrop and remains impeccably defined. Mids are free of clutter & confusion. Instruments and their nuances are vividly tangible while maintaining their natural warmth. Highs are enchantingly airy and wonderfully extended with a sparkle that promises to mesmerize. You can feel the emotion in dynamic shifts, and the musical material resolves effortlessly with charming decay back into the backdrop. Multidimensional yet whole and blossoming with previously unrealized sonic imagery, the result is an uncanny portrayal of your of your most cherished recordings.