Sumiko Blue Point Special Evo III is a high output moving coil phono cartridge with an open generator design and alloy cantilever. The output is 2.5 mV, Chemically coated aluminum cantilever with 0.3mm x 0.7mm elliptical stylus. Ultra low-resonance open generator design. Resonance controlled mounting system provides the lowest mechanical impedance. Highly compatible with most modern tonearms.
Low mechanical impedance mounting system ingeniously dissipates resonance.
Stereophile Recommended Component, Class C With an output of 2.5mV and recommended tracking force of 2.0gm, the new version of the Blue Point Special uses a top plate said to offer far greater rigidity while weighing less, and a 0.3 mil by 0.8 mil elliptical stylus. It proved to be "a model of tight clarity, rhythmic certainty, and excellent tracking," with "A reasonable amount of punch and an overall clean, bracing demeanor." In comparisons with more expensive cartridges, MF noted stilted harmonic development, restricted dynamic range, and diminished soundstaging. (Vol.27 No.11) April 2005
Stereophile Analog Corner, Michael Fremer, The elliptical stylus helped make the BPS a good tracker, and transients were clean and tight, if a bit lacking in nuance. You'll get a richer midrange and greater liquidity from, say, Grado's woodenbodied Sonata, but not this level of excitement. The Sonata might make abetter overall choice for classical and acoustic music, especially female voices, but for rock and pop at an affordable price - especially if your budget system needs a shot of adrenaline - the Blue Point Special Evo III will fit the bill. -December 2004
Stereophile Recommended Component Class C , October, 1996; Vol. 16 #4 & 12, by Cory Greenberg. "CG enthused about this nude, P-Mount-less version of the standard Blue Point MC pointing to its lack of base bloat, total honesty, and cleaner, more extended highs. It also offers excellent detail and focus. A touch of stylast applied to the underside of the cantilever optimizes the base." Hi-Fi News group test, Diamonds Are Forever, Sept., 1996, by Andrew Cartmel. · "The quality of the special and its very competitive price made it imperative to mention; he essential character of this cartridge is that it is profoundly musical. The Sumiko Blue Point Special has been referred to as a high-end bargain.
Hi-Fi Choice Best Buy
"This is probably one of the most enjoyable cartridges I've tried below £300: pacey and dynamic, crisp and to the point, able to pull musical life from the grooves in toe-tapping fashion. It exudes a no-nonsense kind of sound, playing the notes and hitting the rhythms without unnecessary dressing, soaring through tracks with eager aplomb. From House of Love to Sibelius, it proved an engaging performer.
Bass has pleasing authority and drive, and it passes the percussive test with ease - snapping snares and solid kick drums are an instant hit. At times it's a touch rough around the edges, and one or two competitors offer better front-to-back perspectives and some buyers may prefer a richer balance. But for me, this Sumiko's direct musical statement makes it a Best Buy at the price."