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 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.
Cartridge Type: Moving Coil
Frequency Response: 12Hz - 40kHz
Output Voltage/Channel: 0.5mV
Channel Separation: 30db @ 1kHz
Channel Balance: <0.5db @ 1kHz)
Compliance: 12x10-6 cm/dyn
Stylus Size/Shape: 0.3 x 0.7 micron Elliptical
Load Impedance: >100Ω
Tracking Force Range: 1.8g - 2.2g
Recommended Force: 2.0g
Cartridge Weight: 8.3g
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