Sumiko Wellfleet Moving Magnet Cartridge
Wellfleet, the newest addition to the Rainier collection (2022) is an upgraded application of the award-winning design of the Moonstone cartridge.
Wellfleet uses a highly polished nude elliptical stylus, eliminating the bonding between the stylus tip and shank. With the new assembly, excessive mass in the shank is cut away to further reduce tip mass, resulting in a faster, more direct, and more accurate response to the stylus’ movement by the cantilever and magnet. Sonically, this increases speed and focuses central images, pulling them toward the listener with a heightened detail.
With the Wellfleet, vocals are immediate, clear, and detailed, the warmth of human vocal work becomes more apparent with hints of rasp and emphasized subtleties, boosted by tight and well-controlled bass. Backing vocals become easier to discern, and the listener is able to identify distinct instrumentation such as the rattle of snare wires, or the woody twang of vintage acoustic guitars. Listeners will hear a drop in surface noise, and sense a more distanced backdrop, facilitating a deeply suspended image.
The stylus is replaceable and upgradeable.
Cartridge Type: Moving magnet with high-purity copper coils
Stylus: 0.3 x 0.7 mil nude elliptical
Cantilever: ⌀0.5 mm aluminum pipe
Frequency Response: 12 Hz - 33 kHz
Output Voltage: 3 mV
Load Impedance: 47 kΩ
Channel Separation: 30 dB @ 1 kHz
Channel Balance: 0.5 dB @ 1 kHz
Compliance: 13 x 10-6 cm/dyn
Capacitance: 100-200 pF
Tracking Force Range: 1.8 g - 2.2 g
Recommended Force: 2.0 g
Vertical Tracking Angle: 26°
Dimensions (WHD): 17.2 x 18.8 x 29 mm
Cartridge Weight: 6.5 g