Ortofon Quintet Red MC Cartridge

High-end Ortofon Quintet MC cartridge

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Manufacturer : ORTOFON

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A new range of Ortofon cartridges is always an event! This new range is the merger of VIVO and RONDO lines. It uses some of the elements of these cartridges, without forgetting innovation, as always.

The first product in the range is the Quintet Red cartridge, replacing the famous Vivo Red.

Ortofon Quintet Red: body

On the surface, the two models seem to have little in common.

At first sight, the new series is not very attractive! Ha! But it's always a good idea to see a cartridge with its tonearm, and once it’s mounted onto the headshell you'll see what all the fuss is all about!

If you’re still sceptical, just remember that a square shape makes a cartridge much easier to align, and makes the VTA easier too.

The Dexan body has been replaced by an ABS (acrylonitrile/butadiene/styrene) and aluminium sandwich. This increases the weight of the phono cartridge to 2g.

The tracking force has increased from 1.8 to 2.3g! This means that although the compliance of the new Red is slightly better (+2 Um/mN), it is a little less versatile than the Vivo. It also requires a higher VTA, which must be higher than 19mm.

Ortofon Quintet Red: features

The high quality elliptical stylus is mounted onto an aluminium cantilever.

The coils use a conductor made of top quality copper.

The magnetic circuit comprises powerful neodymium magnets.

It has gold-plated outputs and the top of the cartridge is connected to the headshell by 3 points, like the Cadenza series. They minimise mechanical vibration between the two elements.

Ortofon Quintet Red: assembly

It is assembled using screws and threaded inserts, so without nuts, but it should be noted that it cannot be mounted to certain headshells, such as the Thorens 160 or 166, etc.

Ortofon Quintet Red: listening and review

This MC cartridge is easily one of the most affordable on the market, but still manages to incorporate all of the technology and expertise the Danish brand has to offer. And Ortofon is celebrating its 95th birthday! Which means that we can expect big things.

And we are certainly not disappointed with this small MC cartridge.

It delivers vibrant and highly nuanced sound quality, with all the spaciousness and precision expected of this technology.

The textures are rich and warm, giving the music a real sense of authenticity.

Naturally, it can't compete with the brand’s higher end models, but if you have an entry-level or mid-range vinyl turntable and a phono preamp with an MC function (100 Ohm, 52 dB), this Ortofon Quintet Red definitely has a lot to offer.

Highly recommended!


Technology: Moving coil (MC)

Output: 0.5 mV

Channel balance:

Channel separation at 1 Khz: >21 dB

Channel separation at 15 Khz: >14 dB

Frequency response at -3 dB: 20-25000 Hz

Tracking at 315 HZ: 65 Um

Compliance: 15 Um/mN

Stylus: Elliptical 8/18um

Cantilever: Aluminium

Tracking force: 2.1-2.5g

Recommended tracking force: 2.3g

SRA: 20°

Internal impedance: 7 Ohms

Recommended load: >20 Ohms

Body: ABS/Aluminium

Coil conductor: Copper

Magnets: Neodymium

Weight: 9g

VUmètre - banc d'essais

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Customer reviews
(3 reviews)

Customer reviews


Beaucoup de plaisir

Monté d'origine sur ma platine Pro-Ject The Classic Evo, pré ampli phono Pro-Ject Tube Box S2, ampli Accuphase E-250, après une cinquantaine d'heures de rodage, cette cellule MC bas niveau me donne chaque jour beaucoup de plaisir, sur toutes mes galettes, neuves ou anciennes, sur du Rock, du Blues, du Jazz, tout est détaillé, bien équilibré, au casque ou sur mes HP, un son d'une grande qualité, et sans jeux de mots surtout sur les albums Live.
Merci à Frank pour ses précieux conseils.


En remplacement de la 2m Silver

Pour mettre un pied dans les cellules MC, à prix démocratique et sur un conseil de Franck, j'ai commandé la Quintet Red sur le site. L'envoi a été éclair, en moins de 48h j'étais livré !!! Je suis très content de mon achat. Merci ^^



Maplatine.com vient de monter (gratuitement) cette cellule sur ma platine Clearaudio Concept et je suis vraiment satisfait du résultat, un son clair et détaillé, exactement ce que je recherchais. Excellent en tout point.

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Ortofon Quintet Red MC Cartridge

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High-end Ortofon Quintet MC cartridge

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