The Ortofon Windfeld Ti MC cartridge is a new Ortofon product that was designed by its research and development, and in particular Leif Johansen, as a tribute to his predecessor Per Winfield.
Today, Ortofon is the brand that cannot be ignored when it comes to high end low output MC cartridges. The manufacturer has always demonstrated originality concerning the mechanical and electrical design of a phono cartridge. In addition, the Danish manufacturer has put a lot of effort into the mechanical rigidity and the total absence of resonance in the audible range.
Ortofon Windfeld Ti: body
The advanced design of this Winfeild Ti makes it one of the most advanced and technological in the world!
The design is based on the structure developed on the Cadenza range. The central part is made out of titanium. This provides maximum rigidity which gives an exemplary neutrality to the cartridge.
In addition, the Winfield Ti incorporates the patented Wide Range Damping (WRD) system.
The Ortofon Windfeld Ti MC cartridge is connected to the headshell via three precisely positioned hard contact points.
Ortofon Windfeld Ti: stylus
Its stylus is a very high end range version of the famous “Replican 100” that was found on the MC 3000 Mk II, MC 5000, and the Xpression Heritage phono cartridges.
This one has a very low mass and is polished with great precision and finesse.
It is assembled to a cantilever in Boron, the same as that of the famous Ortofon A95 cartridge. The advantages are that it has a low mass and maximum rigidity all together.
Ortofon Windfeld Ti: features
The magnets are of Neodymium technology with an internal magnetic field stabilization (FSE) principle.
The Aucurum coils use a single monocrystal copper conductor of extreme purity (99.999999% deoxygenated) and plated with a layer of gold.
The coiling method and the internal structure of the coil enable a channel separation at a level rarely reached, and an extremely low distortion rate.
Ortofon Windfeld Ti: compatibility
This MC cartridge offers a reasonable mass and an average compliance. It is compatible with the majority of tonearms from 9 to 12 inches that have an effective mass between 8 and 19g.
The low internal impedance of 7 ohms and output voltage of 0,2 mV make it compatible with “good” MC phono preamplifiers that have a minimum gain of 60 dB or with cartridge step-up transformers like the Ortofon ST-80 SE.
Ortofon Windfeld Ti: listening and review
Combined with an excellent tonearm, a very good turntable, and a good phono preamplifier this Ortofon Windfeld Ti MC cartridge delivers a remarkable musicality!
It has retained all of the qualities of the original Winfeld but with an undeniable gain in musicality and precision.
You will find the softness and remarkable timbre quality that has made its reputation. But, in addition, there is an out of this world definition and precision.
Moreover, the dynamics are exceptional! The restitution is very lively without falling into the “physical” reproduction and without nuance.
The soundstage can also be considered as a reference! It is truly three-dimensional.
On orchestral masses or lives this Ortofon Windfeld Ti MC cartridge brought us to our knees.
Another reference to attribute to Ortofon!!! Highly recommended!
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Principle: Low output MC cartridge
Output voltage: 0.2 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz: 0.5 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz: 25 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz: 20 dB
Frequency range at – 3dB: 10 Hz - 50 kHz
Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz +2 dB/- 1 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force: 90 µm
Compliance, dynamic: 13 µm/mN
Stylus: Nude Replican 100
Cantilever: Boron cantilever
Stylus tip radius: r/R 5/100 µm
Tracking force: 2.0-2.5 g (20-25 mN)
Tracking force recommended: 2.3 g (23 mN)
Tracking angle: 23°
Internal impedance, DC resistance: 7 Ohm
Recommended load impedance: > 10 Ohm
Coil wire material: Aucurum
Cartridge body material: SLM Titanium and Stainless Steel
Cartridge color: Titanium/Black
Weight: 11 g