Ortofon Quintet Black S MC cartridge

Moving coil cartridge

Low output MC

Shibata stylus profile

Sapphire cantilever

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Description

On the back of the phenomenal success of the Quintet Black MC cartridge, Ortofon has now replaced it with a new model: the Quintet Black ‘S’!

Ortofon Quintet Black S: body

Apart from the logo, at first glance it looks like nothing has changed. However, many internal modifications have been made.

The body is made of thermoformed ABS and the frame has been reinforced with aluminium to maintain and optimise rigidity while keeping mass to a minimum. It also has threaded mounting holes for the screws that attach it to the headshell.

Ortofon Quintet Black S: features

The generator of the Quintet Black S is made of neodymium magnets and the coils are made of an Aucurum copper conductor. This is an extremely high-end conductor made of a gold-plated 6NX copper wire.

It is also used in the Cadenza Bronze and Cadenza Black cartridges.

But the main difference lies in the stylus/cantilever assembly. While it has the same Shibata profile stylus as the original model, the cantilever is made of sapphire rather than boron. This wise choice was made after many long hours of listening.

Ortofon Quintet Black S: assembly

The square shape of this new Quintet Black S cartridge makes it significantly easier to set up and align. It also makes adjusting the VTA much easier, which needs to be increased to 19.2mm to accommodate for the height of the cartridge.

The only slight drawback is that it has to be assembled using the threaded inserts rather than screws, which means it can’t be used with headshells that attach from below, such as the Thorens 160, 166, etc.

Ortofon Quintet Black S: compatibility

Its compliance, mass and tracking force all work to make it compatible with the majority of medium weight and even lightweight tonearms.

We mounted it onto a 10-inch medium weight tonearm.

We listened to it through several different transistor and tube phono preamplifiers within a price range of €350-1500. Your phono stage need only have a gain of around 60 dB and a load of 100 Ohms to deliver a minimum of musicality.

Ortofon Quintet Black S: listening and review

From the opening bars it was plain to hear that we were in the presence of a truly exceptional phono cartridge!

As you might expect, it has retained all the redeeming qualities of the original Quintet Black, including dynamic range, balance and neutrality. But it has also significantly gained definition and clarity in the upper registers.

The bass is particularly dynamic and well articulated, reproducing the double bass with remarkable realism. In fact, transparency is remarkable across the whole spectrum, not just in the upper mid-range like certain other unflattering phono cartridges we could mention. The top end of the spectrum is bright, without any hint of hissing or listener fatigue at all.

We could also wax lyrical about the low levels of surface noise you get with the Quintet Black S! It’s so quiet that if the record is clean, there would be no way of knowing you were even using a vinyl turntable! You could hear a pin drop in the silences between songs.

Compared to the Hana SL MC cartridge, which also has a Shibata stylus, we found this Ortofon cartridge to be more detailed and dynamic, if a little less warm.

But they are still both in the top 2 or 3 best cartridges you can buy for under €1000 in this range!

Just can't recommend it enough!

Franck

Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5 cm/sec. : 0.3 mV

Channel balance at 1 kHz: < 1.0 dB

Channel separation at 1 kHz: > 23 dB

Channel separation at 15 kHz: > 15 dB

Frequency response at 3 dB: 20 - 25,000 Hz

Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz - +/- 1.5 dB

Tracking at 315 Hz: 80 µm

Compliance, dynamic, lateral: 15 µm/mN

Stylus type: Nude Shibata

Cantilever: Sapphire

Radius stylus: r/R 6/50 µm

Tracking force: 2.1-2.5 g (21-25 mN)

Recommended tracking force: 2.3 g (23 mN)

Tracking angle: 20°

Internal impedance: 5 Ohm

Recommended load: > 20 Ohm

Housing: ABS/Aluminium

Coil conductor: Aucurum

Weight: 9 g

Dimensions: 26.9 x 17 mm

Height: 19.2 mm

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Customer reviews
(5 reviews)

Customer reviews

5/5
01/24/2020

Au coeur de la scène...

Montée sur une Clearaudio Émotion limited.
Au moment où j'ecris, j'ecoute une presse d'origine de Keith Jarrett, Survivor suite , le morceau Beginning. 27 mn de pur beauté acoustique. Je ne l'avais jamais vécu de cette manière. Une merveille d'équilibre. Le piano sonne comme s'il était dans la pièce, j'entends les moindre frottements de doigts de Charlie Haden sur sa contrebasse. Des bass tenues et d'une puissance sidérante. Paul motion est à l'arrière en toute délicatesse. Les symbales n'en finissent pas de sonner dès la moindre touche de baguette de Paul Motion.
Une vision holographique de la scène sonore, avec un placement des pupitres d'une précision incroyable.
Auparavant, j'ai voyagé au sein de la 2 ème symphonie de Malher.
Le final avec les choeurs m'a arraché une larme. Sur les masses orchestrales, la matière et l'aeration m'ont placé comme une évidence devant la scène en 3d du philarmonique de Vienne, avec un réalisme subjugant.
Mon Dieu, je suis foutu.
Je ne peux plus quitter mon fauteuil... Ou seulement pour changer de vinyle .
Et elle n'a qu' environ 12 h de rodage..
Merci aux conseils une fois de plus judicieux de Franck et Jérôme , après avoir hésité sur ce choix.
Cette cellule est de toute beauté.
Laurent.

08/11/2019

Le silence est d'or !

Cette cellule, qui succède à une Sumiko Blue point EVO III, sur une platine Transrotor ZET-1 est un mariage réussi, grâce aux conseils éclairés de Franck !
Silence surprenant, richesse harmonique, détails, précision, dynamique, grave profond, médium fins et aigus cristallins.... tout y est et va s'améliorer après quelques heures d'écoute... un régal !

05/24/2019

Superbe!

Un bras Ortofon TA 110 plus une cellule Ortofon Quintet Black S...
Sans oublier l'ampli phono Lehmann Black Cube SE II ...
Un piano de concert dans mon salon!!! Quel plaisir!
Merci Franck

Jean Pierre

06/25/2018

excellente cellule

J'ai suivi les conseils de Franck pour remplacer la Sumiko Blue point de Ma platine McIntosh qui manquait gravement de dynamique. J'ai donc acquis cette Ortofon, bien m'en a pris: Après quelques disques où j'émettais quelques reserves sur la qualité des attaques et une certaine mollesse du grave, elle s'est visiblement rodée et tout est rentré dans l'ordre. Clarté, précision, dynamique, qualité des timbres, belle image sonore, absence d'agressivité, TOUT y est !

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Ortofon Quintet Black S MC cartridge

Ortofon Quintet Black S MC cartridge

Moving coil cartridge

Low output MC

Shibata stylus profile

Sapphire cantilever

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