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Ortofon Cadenza Red MC Phono Cartridge

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At Ortofon we constantly look for new technology to be used in our products and push the performance of existing technology. Thus we assure the highest level of performance and quality. The Kontrapunkt models and MC Jubilee became market standards and are among our most popular cartridges. Nevertheless Ortofon decided to develop a new cartridge series that is even more ambitious. By carefully implementing cobalt-iron pole pieces, new improved winding process on the armature, using extruded aluminium housing in the models as well as other changes, we have been able to reveal new possibilities in performing the analogue information. It was also decided to make a more complete range of cartridges, which meant an introduction of a moving coil Cadenza Mono model to support our customers, who have an extended interest in micro groove mono records. We believe that our faithful and new customers will enjoy the playback of their precious analogue records even more now.

A little background info...

Cadenza (from Italian: meaning cadence) refers to a portion of a concerto in which the orchestra stops playing, leaving the soloist to play alone in free time, without a strict, regular pulse. A cadenza can be written or improvised. It’s usually the most elaborate and virtuosic part that the solo instrument plays during the whole piece. At the end of the cadenza, the orchestra re-enters, and generally finishes off the movement. During the 19th century, composers began to write cadenzas out in full. Others wrote cadenzas for works, where the composer had intended for the solo to be improvised, in order for the soloist to have a well formed solo that they could practice in advance. Some of these have become so widely played and sung that they are effectively a part of the standard repertoire.

Cadenza Red Details

The Red model is using a nude fine line stylus with a cylindrical aluminium cantilever. The stylus tip radius is r/R 8/40 μm. The coils are made from 6NX (99.9999 %) pure silver wire. An improved winding process on the armature allows a better channel balance. The sound picture of Cadenza Red is more relaxed, homogeneous and moderately dynamic in the perspective compared to the Cadenza Blue and have great space and depth in the stereo image.

Positive Feedback Review

"... in the case of the Ortofon Cadenza Red, I can tell you without a doubt that you are getting what you pay for, of that I am 100% certain. My first impression of the Cadenza Red is this cartridge has an astonishingly natural portrayal of the midrange, and this sole characteristic would make it worth owning...

... There is indeed a separation between good and great moving coil cartridges, and the Cadenza Red is certainly in the field where the excellent ones reside in... The Cadenza Red is never a cartridge that is in a hurry so to speak, as it encourages a person to experience every facet of an album, and enjoy it on many different levels... The Red is intended to be liquid, refined, flowing, with a slightly burnished warmth that is easy to get hooked on...

...The design team at Ortofon has done a splendid job voicing the Cadenza Red, and creating a cartridge that is inviting and easy to listen to, yet capable of presenting the entire palette of shading and texture that may be captured in a recording. This cartridge is a wonderful find for those hobbyists who value an emotionally involving listening experience, where the highlights are tone, harmonic density, and a rich presentation..." — John Hoffman, Hifi Positive Feedback
  • Output voltage at 1 kHz 5 cm/sec - 0,45 mV
  • Channel balance - < 1,5 dB
  • Channel separation at 1 kHz - > 23 dB
  • Channel separation at 15 kHz - > 15 dB
  • Frequency range at -3 dB - 20 Hz - 50 kHz
  • Frequency response 20 Hz - 20 kHz - +3/-1
  • Tracking ability at 315 Hz at recommended tracking force - 80 μm
  • Compliance, dynamic, lateral - 12 μm/mN
  • Stylus type - Nude Fine Line on Alu cantilever
  • Stylus tip radius - r/R 8/40
  • Tracking force range - 2,2-2,7 g (22-27 mN)
  • Tracking force recommended - 2,5 g (25 mN)
  • Tracking angle - 20º
  • Internal impedance, DC resistance - 5 Ohm
  • Recommended load impedance - 50-500 Ohm
  • Cartridge body materia - Stainless steel Aluminium
  • Cartridge colour - Red/Black
  • Cartridge weight - 10,7 g
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    This is my first cartridge from Ortofon (others Delos and OC9) Pros: Here comes a very naturally balanced instrument that reveals complex harmonics with neutral balance and tonal detail. I am hearing accompanying instruments with such distinction that I was hardly aware of them before. And oh boy does this cartridge throw a terrific 3D soundstage. Significantly, the strong output signal makes this a good choice for MC head amps with limited gain. Cons: This is a heavy cartridge. Make sure your tonearm can handle the total weight of the cartridge and your headshell combination. My SME and Micro Seiki were approaching their limits of counterbalance. Tracking force is a little on the high side so it will stay in the groove where other needles may bounce. I must say that I feel having a MC preamp with adjustable loading should be emphasized here. I had some fuzzyness at very high frequencies loaded to 100 ohms that vanished when I changed loading to 50 ohms. Conclusions: Considering price, the Red may give you all you need from the Cadenza series and not leave you wanting more. Recommend to a friend: Yes