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Sumiko Blue Point Special Evo III Hi MC Phono Cartridge

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Sumiko Blue Point Special Evo III The evolution of the ever-popular Blue Point Special, the EVO III raises the performance bar even higher at this highly competitive price point. Its tonal balance is remarkably smooth, exhibiting a fundamental richness and overall warmth without sacrificing musical detail and resolution. Sound stage focus and channel separation are exemplary, as is the cartridges’ ability to maintain a coherent consistency that reproduces music as a perceptual whole. High-output moving coil design with 2.5-mV output. 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. Stereophile 2005 Class C Recommended Component 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. Stereophile 2004 Analogue Corner Review 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. 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.
Technical Data:
  • Cartridge Type: HO MC
  • Frequency Response: 12Hz-50KHz
  • Output Voltage: 2.5mV
  • Channel Separation: 35db
  • Channel Balance: 0.5db
  • Compliance: 12
  • Stylus Size: 0.3μx0.7μ
  • Stylus Shape: Elliptical
  • Load Impedance: 47kΩ
  • Tracking Force Range: 1.7-2.1 grams
  • Recommended Force: 2.0 grams
  • Weight: 8.3 grams

  • Ratings & Reviews

    7 reviews



    An absolute steal at $549.00. The level of detail, expanded soundstage, depth and realism is a huge step up from other giant killer budget MC carts I've used recently - Denon DL-103R, Sumiko Blue Point Special. I have no complaints about either of these but the Evo III sounds like a blanket was lifted off the speakers. I've owned this cart for a few years but only had it installed for a short time before removing it when I bought a SUT to use with my McIntosh MA2275. The SUT recently developed a hum so I sent it off for repair and reinstalled the Evo III. I now wonder why I bought the SUT. The MA 2275 MM phono stage is wonderful. The Evo III is dead quiet. I can get as much gain with a fraction of the noise bypassing the SUT. I'm going to keep the Evo III installed even after getting the SUT back. It's a great cart and has me looking higher on the Sumiko line.

    Tom Long Island NY


    I replaced a Goldring 2400 with the Evo III and all I can say is silky smooth mid and nice detail across the spectrum. Installed on a VPI Scoutmaster. I consider this cartridge a major improvement and even better for the cost.

    Desert Madness


    My Thorens 125MKII turntable was dull and sluggish with the Shure V15V and came alive with the Sumiko Evo III in a vivid and natural way (no sibiliants at all). The music aquired a 3D spacious soundstage and a rich textured naturalness. The same Evo III was a little too forward on the lighter Rega Arm. With the right medium to heavy arm, the Evo III easily bested the Shure V15V on its best arm.



    i am head over heels in love w/ this cartridge.mounted on my new rega rp3,there is a 3 dimensional quality my previous blue point was lacking.(20 yrs old!) bottom end less boomy,sharper attack.great job sumiko!



    I mounted the Sumiko Blue Point Special EVO III on my Thorens 125 with SME arm. This setup plays my old vinyls very smoothly with a reduction in surface noise. I began hearing music on my records that I had never noticed before. Excellent for classical, jazz and feminine vocals.

    Claude Rorabaugh


    Okay sound, too delicate. Not a great value for the price. As an old audio engineer I like Shure carts better. I have a Project 6 turntable and replaced the EVO III with an Shure M97.



    Very good tracking ability.Relatively neutral tone with good reach into the treble but not into the super high spectrum. Has a nice "dry" controlled character, instead of lush romance. High output mc works perfectly into the MM preamp inputs, free from noise.