Ortofon Quintet Bronze 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 Ortofon Quintet Bronze MC cartridge is the penultimate cartridge in this range, replacing the highly regarded Rondo Bronze cartridge.

Ortofon Quintet Bronze: body

From the outside, the two phono cartridges look completely different!

The Rondo’s impressive composite body (wood/resin) has been replaced by an ABS (acrylonitrile/butadiene/styrene) and aluminium sandwich. This choice seems to have been made for economical rather than quality reasons, shedding 1.5g off its total weight.

But although this doesn’t exactly qualify as an advantage, it does mean that the Quintet Bronze cartridge can be used with tonearms that are not compatible with cartridges weighing over 10g. It also requires a higher VTA, which must be higher than 19mm.

At first sight, this new range doesn’t seem quite as aesthetically pleasing as the Rondo - we’re definitely not fans of the resin body. However, the Quintet cartridges is a good 20% cheaper than the Rondo, and once it's mounted onto the headshell you'll see what all the fuss is about!

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

Ortofon Quintet Bronze: features

The Nude Fine Line stylus has replaced the Rondo Bronze’s Nude FG 80, and is mounted onto an aluminium cantilever.

The coils use a twin conductor made of high purity copper (99.9999%).

In true Ortofon style, the magnetic circuit comprises powerful neodymium magnets. The output connectors are gold-plated.

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 Bronze: 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 Bronze: listening and review

From the opening bars, the Quintet Bronze cartridge proves it has the capacity to draw out even the smallest of details from every groove whilst also eclipsing all surface noise.

The profile of the Nude Fine Line stylus also delivers precise sound reproduction, with a treble that flies high and low levels of distortion.

The bass is everything we’ve come to expect from Ortofon over the years – deep, tight and well-articulated. It works wonders for blues, soul and jazz, bringing out remarkable detail in every bass line.

Vocals and strings have presence and authenticity.

When it comes to classical music, it is highly adept at reproducing all the detail of large orchestras with power and precision. It provides an accurate representation of the spaces between instruments, as well as the depth and width of the sound stage.

The textures are spot-on, not to mention beautiful. We think it’s safe to conclude that this MC cartridge has the capacity to deal with all music genres with impressive neutrality and impartiality.

While it can’t compete with the brand’s higher end models, such as the Cadenza range, the Ortofon Quintet Bronze MC cartridge offers exceptional value for money!

We highly recommended it!


Technology: Moving coil (MC)

Output: 0.3 mV

Channel balance:

Channel separation at 1 Khz: >23 dB

Channel separation at 15 Khz: >15 dB

Frequency response at -3 dB: 20-25000 Hz

Tracking at 315 HZ: 80 Um

Compliance: 15 Um/mN

Stylus: Nude Fine Line 8/40um

Cantilever: Aluminium

Tracking force: 2.1-2.5g

Recommended tracking force: 2.3g

SRA: 20°

Internal impedance: 5 Ohm

Recommended load: >20 Ohms

Body: ABS/Aluminium

Coil conductor: 99.9999% pure copper

Weight: 9g

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Un upgrade réussi

Que dire, je suis passé d'une 2M black à cette Quintet bronze et je doit dire que la différence est saisissante.
Tout est encore plus propre, bien détaillé, bien aéré, je redécouvre de vinyles pourtant écouté plusieurs fois.
Les basses sont tout simplement monstrueuses, j'ai été surpris lors de ma première écoute.
Un investissement,oui, mais qui en vaut la peine.
Merci, à toute l'équipe pour votre disponibilité et votre professionnalisme.
Et si l'envie vous prend, ouvré un magasin près de Rouen


nouvelle cellule

Il était grand temps de changer ma cellule. Je possède depuis plusieurs années une platine pro-ject 2-xperience à laquelle était associée une cellule mc vivo blue (dont j'étais très satisfait….).
Je me suis tourné vers Franck pour avis sur la cellule vers laquelle je devais me diriger la MC Vivo blue ayant disparu
Il m'a orienté vers cette cellule et là compte-tenu du prix, j'ai vraiment hésité… Le prix étant beaucoup plus élevé, mais bon çà fait 20 ans que je connais Franck et me suis fié à ses conseils
Bref… il connaît son boulot… le gain est spectaculaire… çà fait longtemps que j'ai délaissé ma platine cd, ce n'est pas près de changer…)
Franchement, quel que soit le style écouté c'est du bonheur je viens d'écouter le black to black d amy winehouse, c'est sûr çà rend vraiment bien…
et merci pour l'installation à domicile….

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Ortofon Quintet Bronze MC Cartridge

Ortofon Quintet Bronze MC Cartridge

High-end 'Ortofon Quintet' MC cartridge

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