It's nice to see a review of the Pearl. The Sumiko MM line is unfairly ignored. Whether it's due to the line's ungainly looks or low perceived value, the Pearl does stand out -- a good value even when compared against tough competitors like those mentioned. While the lower model Sumikos equipped with spherical styli (the Oysters) may indeed leave a lot to be desired, the Pearl seems to get the price/value proposition right. It also skirts the middle ground between bright (like the AT440ML) and warm (M97xE). I'm with Ferrari on this one -- the Pearl is worth a listen.
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No the Pearl is not self threaded, it requires fastening nuts. Sumiko may have supplied longer screws by now. If not its not a problem most hardware stores that sell bulk screws will have a supply of these longer screws. The ACE hardware store in my area has a large supply of assorted small screws. If not contact Small Parts in Miami Lakes,Fl and your search is over.
To be totally candid I cannot tell a sonic difference between the DL 110 0r the DL 160. The DL 160 does have a tapered cantilever, which aids in trackability, but other than that sonically I can't tell the difference. Can't go wrong with either the DL 110 or DL 160. At their price points there is no comparison.
I recently picked up a Sumiko Pearl cart, and am having MASSIVE problems getting the anti-skate right !
Using the HiFi news test record, I can only eliminate buzz on the +12db track (and only if I track at 2g). Remaining tracks buzz like mad.
Has anyone else had problems getting their Pearl going well ? I've got it attached to an RB300, sitting on a planar 3 :)
My best results have been tracking the Pearl at the full range of 2 grams. For me the anti skating was set near the 1.5 gram mark on a Rega RB 250 arm. I am not sure what is causing the buzzing. Re-check all your connections and make sure the interconnect leads from the tone arm are not touching any other interconnects, power cords, or near the amplifier.
Anti Skate issues are a function of cart compliance,effective mass, and the arm shape. 'S' shape arms produce a force, and hence an acceleration that is not common to 'J' or straight tonearms. I have a strong suspicion that many, many users are setting bias ( anti-skate ) way too low for good performance. The test record is the way to go, but believe in your results.
I commented on bias in my mini review of the Pearl on Needle doctor. For the record, I have almost 3 grams bias on my DV20X2L in a Jelco 750D, tracking at 1.9g, and all other parameters sweet.
I personally like the Pearl,and I agree it deserves greater recognition.I own one and had no tracking issues myself.
I would like however to say to owners og the Pearl and Black Pearl to consider this Jico stylus
for their cartridge.It will take both sound and tracking to such high levels,that many will never consider to pay for a more "high-tech" MC or MM.
The JICO stylus very special nude tip is fitted on a boron cantilever and the price is ridiculously low compared to any other stylus of its kind.I'm sure anyone who tries it will agree it is also better.
I got the Sumiko Pearl three weeks ago so I think it's safe to say that it's broken in. My turntable is a cheap but decent Goldring GR-1 from 2006 (a rebranded Rega Planar 1) and my Phono preamp is an Ear 834 CLONE (aka:copy) which get around 90% of the quality of the real thing for 1/4 of the price. The tubes I've put in it are a NOS RCA 5751 from1962 as a V1, a NOS Hit Ray (Hitachi-Raytheon) 12AX7A from the 60's as a V2 and as V3 a NOS 12AU7 Hit Ray from the 70's.
I find the Sumiko Pearl a bit on the soft side, shy on treble for my taste making it sound a bit dull for my taste with Classic Rock like Van Halen or Boston. But for orchestral movie soundtracks it sounds terrific for the price.
The forum member who posted before me posted a website to get better needles for this cart, something I'd like to do, but I'm afraid the link doesn't work. Any help please or suggestions?
Thanks in advance.
Hello, I'm relatively confident it was for the Jico SAS, which they have discontinued. https://www.jico-stylus.com/announcement_sas.php
For the price that those would have cost, though (around $200), you should be able to buy a completely new cartridge and stylus that improves significantly on the Sumiko Pearl. One example would be the AT 440MLb the https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAC4Z5240807&ignorebbr=1&nm_mc=KNC-Google...
Good convo here you might find useful, since your table apparently uses a variation of the Rega RB-250 tonearm: https://hifiwigwam.com/forum/topic/114953-cartridge-%C2%A350-to-%C2%A3150-to-suit-rb250-lost-in-the-...