Nothing demonstrates Ortofon's long-standing resilience more than its commitment to the refinement of analogue sound quality and its continued development of new cartridge models. Since 1948 Ortofon have introduced about 100 different moving coil models, with their latest being the Quintet Series.
Ortofon believe the cartridges in this new series are more than worthy successors to the long line of models that have made Ortofon the global leader in the manufacturing and supplying of phono cartridges.
The Quintet Black S is graced with a Nude Shibata diamond, considered one of the best stylus profiles available, mounted on a high-performance sapphire cantilever. The Shibata’s slim, highly polished profile allows an exceedingly wide contact area to the walls of the groove and ensures detailed and pure reproduction through out the spectrum, including even the most high frequency groove details.
The Quintet Black S is unfettered by musical genre and will give the closest approach within the Quintet series to Ortofon’s true accuracy in sound.
The MC Quintet Series is congruent with Ortofon’s unrelenting commitment to providing the most precise and accurate reproduction possible without colouration.
- Light weight and durable cartridge body made from a special ABS (Acrylonitrile/Butadiene/Styrene) thermoplastic material
- Neodymium magnets are implemented to achieve an optimal output
- Produces detailed and pure reproduction though-out the spectrum, volume and soundstage
- Low internal impedance makes the cartridge less sensitive to load and therefore ensures compatibility with the widest range of preamps and transformers
- Supplied with 2 screws (M2.5 x 5)
- Nude Shibata stylus profile
Hi-Fi Choice, July 2017
|Reviewed By:||Ed Selley|
|Featured:||Group Test: Moving Coil Cartridges £650 - £1000|
|Sound Quality:||5 Stars|
|Value For Money:||5 Stars|
|Build Quality:||4.5 Stars|
|Overall Score:||4.5 Stars, Recommended|
Comments of Note:
“the Ortofon reveals itself to be a highly distinctive yet talented performer"
"The result is that it renders the piano in Hypocrite with huge power and a real sense of the weight and scale that the instrument is capable of."
"This is a very big and effortless-sounding cartridge."
"Vocals are given presence and detail, but without losing their relationship to the supporting musicians."
"The whole track feels very immediate and live, which is helped in no small part by the handling of dynamics. This is an area in particular that the Ortofon excels at."
"The sense of timing and rhythmic assurance is also extremely good"
"the Ortofon still has to be seen as superb value for money at the price"
"LIKE: Refined, powerful and agile presentation; solid build; excellent value"
"WE SAY: A superbly balanced all-round cartridge at an extremely competitive price point"
Hi-Fi World Awards, January 2015
Best Cartridge 2014 Award
Comments of Note:
“the Quintet Black proved itself something of an audiophile bargain – with a decorum and an air of quality unusual at this price point.”
“On Tchaikovsky’s ‘1812 Overture’ the Ortofon was in its element. Violins had a satisfying rasp while the canon going off seemingly had enough impact to cause damage to the listening room.”
“The Ortofon Black undoubtedly posses the sonic class and all-round ability of some cartridges costing significantly more.”
|Output Voltage (at 1kHz, 5cm/sec):||0.3mV|
|Channel Balance at 1kHz:||<1.0dB|
|Channel Separation at 1kHz:||>23dB|
|Channel Separation at 15kHz:||>15dB|
|Frequency Range (at -3dB):||20 Hz - 25 kHz|
|Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz:||± 1.5dB|
|Tracking Ability at 315Hz:||80μm|
|Compliance, Dynamic, Lateral:||15μm / mN|
|Stylus Type:||Nude Shibata|
|Stylus Tip Radius r / R:||6 / 50μm|
|Tracking Force Range:||2.1 - 2.5g (21 - 25mN)|
|Recommended Tracking Force:||2.3g (23mN)|
|Internal Impedance / DC Resistance:||5Ω|
|Recommended Load Impedance:||>20Ω|
|Cartridge Body Material:||ABS/Alu.|
|Coil Wire Material:||Aucurum|
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