Ortofon Quintet Black S MC cartridge

Moving coil cartridge
Low output MC
Shibata stylus profile
Sapphire cantilever

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Manufacturer : ORTOFON

790,00 €

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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’!


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. The generator 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.

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


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


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


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 !



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


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 !



Passage d'une 2M Blue à cette cellule le gap est tout simplement impressionnant. Tout est mieux. Associé un Black Cube SE II le son est superbe tout est en place... Je redécouvre mes vinyles. Un grand merci à Franck pour sa patiente et pour le réglage de la platine....

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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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