Ortofon is the leader in the global market of the Hi-Fi and DJ cartridge. In the late 1950's, Ortofon was the leading firm manufacturing and selling MC cartridges as standard. The brand now offers MC cartridges, MM cartridges, high output MC cartridges, 78T cartridges, mono cartridges as well as cartridges for DJ.
Ortofon has now diversified and also offers phono cables, MC transformers and several maintenance and adjustment accessories for the analogue Hi-Fi equipment. Ortofon also does the R&D and is globally recognised in precision machining in the auditory medical field. This market represents 30 to 40% of their turnover, the rest is obtained through turntable cartridges and DJ cartridges.
It is one of our references, in terms of phono cartridges in particular, we share with you below the maPlatine.com team's all-time favourites for Ortofon.
The 2M series from Ortofon
The Ortofon 2M Blue moving magnet cartridge gives a highly articulated, precise, pleasant sound. Its balance gives it outstanding realism. This is a solid value that we at maPlatine.com love to recommend.
The Ortofon 2M Black moving magnet cartridge represents the best you can find in MM phono cartridges, this is the most accomplished cartridge for turntable of the Ortofon 2M range. The Danish manufacturer wanted to create a moving magnet cartridge that approaches the performances of a moving coil cartridge. It is equipped with a high quality Shibata profile stylus. The sound quality is extremely rich, so realistic that you wonder whether it is an MC cartridge. There is definition and neutrality, which enables it to adapt to many styles of music. One of our favourites, for sure!
The Ortofon Quintet series
The Ortofon Quintet Red moving coil cartridge is a high end Hi-Fi MC cartridge. His look smoothly follows the turntable tonearm and makes it easy to adjust. Designed for low-end or mid-range turntables, it produces dynamic and precise sound quality. It will be perfect for upgrading your turntable and try out the world of MC cartridges.
The Ortofon Quintet Black moving coil cartridge is the most accomplished high end Hi-Fi MC cartridge of the Quintet series. It features the well-known Shibata profile stylus, cut to provide the best possible definition and closely tracks the record's grooves. It lets no detail escape and has excellent precision. The MC Ortofon Quintet Black cartridge requires the use of a high-quality phono MC preamp. This combination gives you stunning realism, a wide, deep soundstage and highly subtle listening experience for many musical styles. The MC Ortofon Quintet Black cartridge is a genuine favourite that draws near to the summit of the Danish manufacturer's cartridges.
Very high end MC Ortofon cartridges
The Ortofon MC Cadenza Black moving coil cartridge is the best Hi-Fi cartridge of the Cadenza range. This 'racing' version features a stylus that uses very advanced technology: the Nude Shibata. This stylus is the one that most closely tracks the sides of the record's grooves. It is one the best Hi-Fi MC cartridges on the market in this price range and will meet the requirements of the most exacting music lovers. This Ortofon MC Cadenza Black cartridge is highly transparent and neutral, it plays back the tiniest of details. From treble to bass, it is wonderfully dynamic, characterful and realistic. An eminently justified favourite.
Only 500 low output Ortofon MC A95 MC cartridges were created for the world for the 95 anniversary of the Danish brand. This is the second best MC cartridge from Ortofon, which follows closely on the heels of the Anna Héritage MC cartridge. It shares the Nu Replicant 100 stylus with the Ortofon Anna Héritage cartridge, considered as the best stylus profile in the world. The playback for this Ortofon MC A95 cartridge is amazing as the openness of the soundstage, the clarity, the dynamism and the transparency are all there. Outstanding precision and a level of detail for a low surface noise. Listening to it is only more fantastic. A high-quality favourite.
The Ortofon MC Anna Héritage cartridge is the best the Danish manufacturer can offer you in terms of Hi-Fi MC cartridges. This is the flagship of Ortofon, and an outstanding cartridge for highly exacting music lovers. Manufactured in homage to the young soprano Anna Netrebko, this MC Anna Héritage cartridge transforms music. It features the highest quality stylus: the Nu Replicant 100, which is lightweight and thin and covers an incredible contact surface in the record groove. The high-technology used attains incomparable finesse, with incredible energy and realism that is difficult to find elsewhere. If you want to equip yourself with one of the best phono cartridges on the market (if your turntable and budget allow) and experience an intensely emotional musical voyage, don't hesitate any longer: the MC Ortofon Anna Héritage cartridge is the starting point toward perfection! A highly recommended favourite!