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Cadenza is Ortofon's latest range. It builds on the famous 'Kontrapunkt' range. This innovative series deserves the best technology available.
The Ortofon Cadenza Blue is the second model available from Ortofon. It has 6NX gold-plated copper coil wires and neodymium magnets. Its stylus has a complex profile called Nude Fritz Gyger 70. it is mounted on a surprising and precious Ruby cantilever. To ward off resonance and vibration, its body is made of an aluminium and stainless steel alloy. It provides perfect stiffness and enables the weight to remain acceptable. Threaded inserts replace the unattractive nuts, also making the assembly process easier and allowing optimal mounting to the headshell. Note that among the accessories supplied, you find superb cables (cartridge/tonearm) in 8N copper, the Ortofon 8N LW10. Tests with a load at 350 Ohms and tracking force at 2.5g, as recommended by Ortofon, have yielded excellent results.
From the very first measures, we were struck by the level of detail and definition with which this Cadenza Blue enhances our listening! In this respect, it can rival with the best CD players on the market! The bass is deep, expressive, and dynamic! For this register too, digital sources appear to be totally overtaken! It gives great space to instruments and musical works. The sound stage is wide, precise and give full homage to orchestras or operas. Jazz lovers will not be left out with a superb midrange that lends realism and incredible vitality to brass and string instruments. Also note that cymbals have an outstanding movement. This cartridge, like many others, needs around twenty hours of breaking in for the timbre to become fully balanced and the breathing on voices not be too emphasised.
Let's be clear, if you are looking for a round, gentle and warm cartridge, this Cadenza will not satisfy you, but if energy, neutrality, realism and transparency is what you value... it is made for you! A very high-end cartridge, with a performance level and a remarkable value for money. The real competitor is well beyond its price! The expertise of the greatest manufacturer has again hit its mark. Well done! Franck
Type: Low output MC
Output: 0.5 mV
Channel separation at 1 kHz: >25 dB
Frequency response at -3 dB: 20 Hz/40 KHz
Compliance: 15 Um/Nm
Stylus: Nude Fritz Gyger 70
Coils: Gold-plated OFC copper wire
Tracking force: 2.2 g-2.7 g
Optimum tracking force: 2.5 g
Internal impedance: 5 Ohm
Recommended load impedance: 50-500 Ohms
Body: Stainless steel and aluminium
Headshell cables: 8N LW10
Colour: Blue and black
Weight: 10.7 g