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Commemorating Sumiko’s 40th anniversary of excellence in analog, Sumiko is enormously excited to introduce the latest refinement of their award-winning Pearwood Celebration II – the new Celebration 40! They have continued to implement the tried & true design elements lending to maximum rigidity and minimal unwanted resonance: a long-grain boron cantilever, milled Teflon back-plate and the same MC generator securely fixed to their anti-resonant machined aluminum cradle. However, what Sumiko’s bringing to the table amounts to radically improved sonics.
Celebration 40 now implements the same solid, ultra-low-mass 75µm x 2.5µm Microridge stylus as Sumiko’s flagship Palo Santos Presentation. Adding the Microridge stylus is revelatory when it comes to micro detail & spatiality. Like its predecessor, Celebration 40 is free of fatigue and you can immerse yourself in listening as hours breeze by. Prevailing characteristics are rich, smooth and warm, lacking analytical tendencies that can become grating on the ear. Clarity, however, is not sacrificed for this tonal character. The Microridge tracks like few others are capable. It holds the groove unyieldingly and tracking is thus impeccable, portraying music in a manner that’s entirely unconfused. Musicality, emotion, bass depth & slam with mid/high sweetness are what you’re in for.
Sumiko’s selected the gorgeous plumwood body for resonance characteristics that they adore. Like pearwood, it’s a blossoming tree that they have found more accurately embodies the spirit of the Celebration design. It lends a sense of euphoria that invites you in, reminiscent of the charm evoked by the likes vintage tube audio. To ensure accuracy in the cartridge alignment procedure, Sumiko’s modified the front face of the plumwood housing, clearing the sightline so you can view the entire cantilever in setup.
Pre-amplifying and loading Celebration 40 is all but identical to Celebration II. Sumiko asks that to get the absolute most from your cartridge, you operate within the specified VTF & loading ranges but encourage your experiment therein. You have a degree of control over how Celebration 40 sounds in your system (like any audiophile cartridge), and they want you to find your own sweet spot. Whatever that sweet spot may be, Sumiko is confident that Celebration 40 has something ear-opening to offer most any listener.
Hand-Crafted in Japan
From Oyster to Reference, each Sumiko phono cartridge is crafted by hand in Yokohama, Japan — near the waters where our namesake Oysters dwell. Sumiko has selected by ear the finest materials that combine to deliver performance that has enlightened generations of listeners. Each design is thoroughly auditioned until perfected. Production is then executed by world-class cartridge makers with a collective eye for precision & quality. The result is a full horizon of cartridges eager to introduce themselves to your analog system — Sumiko firmly believe there’s a perfect cartridge for you here.
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