Ortofon Omega Phono Cartridge
Ratings & Reviews
Just bought one and fitted it to an AT-LP120 turntable. Wonderful mid and bass. Played Adele 21 album, what a good cart for the price!
The Omega is just basically a rebadged standard OM generator (confirmed by coil measurements). If fitted with a '10' stylus it becomes the equivalent of an OM10 and tracks happily at a light 1.5 grams. I think it also sounds better balanced when loaded at 47 k and around 500 picofarads (overall) of load capacitance. It is a very nice sounding phono cartridge.
I have purchased a number of cartridges over the years starting back in the '70s so I have a wee bit of experience and know what I like. The Omega is, by far, the least expensive cartridge I have ever purchased. I needed one fast for a TT that was on its way out the door. I installed the Omega to a Pioneer PL-L800 (linear) unit that I never really liked the sound from and when I played some Group 87 to test it all out I was very surprised in a good way! It has a very mellow sound for the softer parts of the music and picks up right when it needs to on those parts with a lot of punch! Excellent starter cartridge from a known and trusted manufacturer!
Bought this as a cheap cartridge that I could practise setting up arm and catridge on my restored Technics SP10 before fitting something better. The cartridge is staggeringly good for thirty odd dollars. Can't believe it in fact. A dream cartridge and no brainer at, or anywhere near, it's price. A legit hifi catridge - forget the "made to suit USB turntables" crap, this thing sings on a high end deck beautifully.
Excellent value! I replaced my 20 year old cartridge with the Omega and couldn't believe the difference. No wonder people still love vinyl!
I just received my Ortofon Omega today, and I must say I was actually disappointed. I am a casual listener/ audiophile on a very tight budget. I have been a tone junky as a musician and as a fan. I performed a side-by-side comparison of the omega with the OEM Groove Tool in my bottom end Numark TTUSB. I enjoyed the Groove Tool more due to its transparency and clear Highs. The Omega also tracked less stable on the inside of the LP. It seems to me that Ortofon makes up for the blemishes in the Omega with excessive bass and mid range. For someone trying to digitize their nearly worn out LP's and 45's this is more than acceptable. But for a guy like me I really need something that is more dynamic for my money. Not just a stepping stone to something more pricey. Plus, I can buy a replacement stylus for the GT for under ten bucks. if you want ortofon tone, shell out a little more money. If you wish to be freugal, buy a Groove Tool.
For the first time in the history of analog reproduction...here is a cartridge that outperforms anything ever offered previously at its price point while satisfying even the most demanding audiophile's thirst for near sonic perfection. One would have to spend at least $250 to $5'0000 to get an appreciable gain in performance along with the added expence of associated equipment to boot! I would love to see the SL-2500 Mk. II offered with this wonderful pickup included. At a tracking force of 1.75 grams...it has a sure & great feel while being able to track anything one can throw at it most easily with only the harshest of harsh recorded sibilants being the only obstacle. Otherwise its most neutral deep wide soundstage makes the Omega a champion calibration cartridge that can tame all but the harshest of sibilance while doing so better than anything else even remotely at it price point! This is a terrific performer!
Every single phono enthusiast should have one of these as an emergency backup cartridge!
It is a wonder that Ortofon could make a cartridge of this quality at this price. Using it with one SME 309 tonearm, Parasound Halo preamp, and Paradigm speakers gets very high tracking ability and completely balanced, neutral, uncolored sound. Totally free from treble aggresion! Very light grain on the treble is its only concession to price. Powerfully good results for an unbelievably low price.
Give it time
I bought one for a repair job on a Pioneer TT. I was disappointed at first but was listening through headphones when it just seemed to come alive. Apparently there is a break in period that I was not aware of. Get past that and you'll be quite surprised.