"Performs at a Level Not Thought Possible"
Offering exceptional performance and musicality at an affordable price, the latest generation Blue Point No. 2 phono cartridge from Sumiko sets a new standard in its price class.
The Blue Point's features include a moving coil design, high output, 2.5-mV, alloy cantilever, Blue Point-cut elliptical diamond stylus, and standard 1/2" mounting.
"Superlative Analog Sound"
The audiophile press can't believe the level of performance that Blue Point No. 2 provides for such a meager outlay of cash.
"While it may have an entry level price tag, the Blue Point No. 2 clearly performs at a level not thought possible a few short years ago," notes Ferrari in his Audiogon.com review for January 1, 2006.
"Though the Bluepoint No. 2 offers somewhat less purity, focus, and refinement than top-tier moving coils, it supplies most of the essential ingredients necessary for superlative analog sound, which is quite an achievement," reports Chris Martens in his October 30, 2008 review for The Absolute Sound magazine.
"Relative to the original Bluepoint Oyster, the Bluepoint No. 2 offers richer, more potent bass and smoother, less aggressive highs. Together, these improvements transform Sumiko’s entry level moving coil into a cartridge that even finicky listeners might enjoy for hours on end."
"Though the Bluepoint No. 2 offers somewhat less purity, focus, and refinement than top-tier moving coils, it supplies most of the essential ingredients necessary for superlative analog sound, which is quite an achievement."
- Chris Martens, The Absolute Sound, October 30, 2008
"While it may have an entry level price tag, the Blue Point No. 2 clearly performs at a level not thought possible a few short years ago."
"Here is a product that has stood the test of time, has had and continues to have a loyal following. One of the true enduring values in analog playback. At its price/performance ratio, it just doesn't get much better than this. A proven winner from a time honored manufacturer that continues to embrace the vinyl medium long after vinyl's golden days. For me that speaks volumes about Sumiko and its products and commitment to analog playback."
- Ferrari, Audiogon.com, January 1, 2006
"The Blue Point No. 2 is quite a strong performer when its price is factored in to the equation. It is totally unreasonable to expect a $300 cartridge to perform as well as a $3,000 one. In my opinion, the Blue Point No. 2 is very much worth considering if you’re shopping in this price range."
- Rich Teer Vinylphile, December 2010