Ortofon Quintet Blue Moving Coil Cartridge

Regular price $579.00

We say: For higher fidelity, you want to move to moving coil cartridges. The Ortofon Quintet Blue is the best cartridge in the under $1000 category.

Why moving coil? In Moving magnet cartridges the higher mass of the magnets connected to the cantilever fight its ability to change direction and follow rapid modulations in the groove. Moving coils are lighter, faster, and more resolving. They have a lower output and need a dedicated step-up MC input on your amplifier. 

Along with the moving coil engine, other refinements of the Ortofon Quintet Blue are:

- A nude elliptical diamond is mounted directly onto the cantilever for improved dynamics and transient attack

- A non-resonant body made of Hopelex

- Split pole pins with copper wire

We say: We have come to respect cartridges like the Benz Micro SL, Grado Reference, Nagaoka MP-300, and Sumiko Blue Point Special. How does this modern cartridge design compare? read the Group Test review

Specifications

Output Voltage (at 1kHz, 5cm/sec): 0.5mV
Channel Balance at 1kHz: <1.5dB
Channel Separation at 1kHz: >21dB
Channel Separation at 15kHz: >14dB
Frequency Range (at -3dB): 20 Hz - 25 kHz
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz: ± 2.5dB
Tracking Ability at 315Hz: 70μm
Compliance, Dynamic, Lateral: 15μm / mN
Stylus Type: Nude Elliptical
Stylus Tip Radius r / R: 8 / 18μm
Tracking Force Range: 2.1 - 2.5g (21 - 25mN)
Recommended Tracking Force: 2.3g (23mN)
Tracking Angle: 20º
Internal Impedance / DC Resistance:
Recommended Load Impedance: >20Ω
Cartridge Body Material: ABS/Alu.
Cartridge Colour: Blue
Cartridge Weight: 9g