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Ortofon Quintet Black S Phono Cartridge

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The Quintet Black S is the best example of Quintet’s overall excellence

The Quintet Black S is graced with a Nude Shibata diamond, considered one of the best stylus profiles available, mounted on a high-performance Saphire 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 thoughout the spectrum, including even the most high frequency groove information. Unfettered by musical genre, the Quintet Black S is the closest to Ortofon’s true accuracy of sound in the Quintet series.

The Quintet Story

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 has introduced about 100 different moving coil models, with our latest being the Quintet Series. We believe the cartridges in this new series are more than worthy successors to the long line of models that has made Ortofon the global leader in the manufacture and supply of phono cartridges.

The MC Quintet Series is a direct result of our continued research and innovation

The MC Quintet Series is congruent with Ortofon’s unrelenting commitment to providing the most precise and accurate reproduction possible without coloration. A special ABS (Acrylonitrile/Butadiene/Styrene) thermoplastic material is used for manufacturing of the body. This light-weight, impact resistant material is very suitable for injection-moulding and provides a very durable scratch resistant surface. Neodymium magnets are implemented to achieve an optimal output. Low internal impedance makes the cartridge less sensitive to load and therefore ensures compatibility with the widest range of preamps and transformers. It is our aim to bring our customers many hours of new and surprising experiences in listening to their precious vinyl collection.

Ease of use

Top-mounting of the Quintet cartridges is easy and secure using the screws supplied. The aluminuim frame has threaded mounting holes and is fitted easily with the 5mm or 7mm screws depending on the thickness of the headshell. The Quintet series’ right angles, straight lines, stylus visibility and ample distance between the record surface and the cartridge’s bottom will make it easy to mount and align the cartridge and tonearm correctly. The Quintet Series gives excellent results with most common tonearms.

The Absolute Sound reviews the Ortofon Quintet Red and Black

"... perhaps the greatest tribute I can pay the Quintet Black is that I haven’t felt the urge to quickly return to one of my pricey reference cartridges. I don’t need to tell you that for this analog junkie, that’s really saying something."
  • Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec: 0.3 mV
  • Channel balance at 1 kHz: < 1.0 dB
  • Channel separation at 1 kHz: > 23 dB
  • Channel separation at 15 kHz: > 15 dB
  • Frequency range at - 3dB: 20 - 25.000 Hz
  • Frequency response: 20-20.000 Hz +/- 1.5 dB
  • Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force: 80 µm
  • Compliance(dynamic, lateral): 15 µm/mN
  • Stylus type: Nude Shibata on Saphire cantilever
  • Stylus tip radius: r/R 6/50 µm
  • Tracking force range: 2.1-2.5 g (21-25 mN)
  • Tracking force, recommended: 2.3 g (23 mN)
  • Tracking angle: 20°
  • Internal impedance, DC resistance: 5 Ohm
  • Recommended load impedance: > 20 Ohm
  • Cartridge body material: ABS/Aluminium
  • Coil wire material: Aucurum
  • Cartridge colour: Black
  • Cartridge weight: 9 g
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    Peter P Wilson


    Addendum: Using the Rega spacer to raise the arm height to the recommended ruins the performance of the cartridge, turning it into an 'also ran'. My view is that it is crucial to ensure this cart runs 'tail down' . I've also nuded it, which was easy to do, just remember to pull the screw out from the cart bottom before you wind the over length cart screws down to pop the body off. Definitely a five star contender ( like the DV20X2 , DV20XX)

    Peter P Wilson


    Ok, I've got several weeks up on this cart now. It replaces my 20X2L , which I stupidly sold , and should not have. This Quintet Black, like the DV, is running in my RP10, and it really does go toe-to-toe with the DV20X2L. The 6 moons reviewer rates the Quintet black, once NUDED, as the same level as the DV20XX. Very slightly less VTF weight than the recommended 2.3g, and not critical on VTA EXCEPT, never ever have a positive attack angle to the groove. Cartridge very slighlty tail down is best. RP10 , Perreaux Silhouette 70dB GAIN ( 60 for the DV20X2L ) is absolutely necessary, 100 Ohm input Z . I spent a lot of time experimenting with VTA, and I am absolutely certain that the cartridge body must remain fully in contact with the head shell, and tight. Do NOT try to use a wedge shaped packer to alter the VTA, only use an arm spacer. Fine cart at the nice price point.



    I have played about 10 albums so far with the Quintet Black and I have to say it is outstanding. I have a VPi Prime with the 10.5 3D printed arm. Compared to my Denon DL103r mounted in an ebony body, Audio Technica AT33EV and an Ortofon 2M Bronze The Quintet Black is a clear upgrade. Tight base, open airy mid-range and great highs with out any chance of fatigue of listening too long. It also throws a huge sound-stage, and sounds great on all kinds of music. This is an expensive cartridge but you really notice an overall improvement .

    Bob H


    Purchased this with a Project Xtension 9 turntable. The two work really well together. This is my first MC cartridge, so I can't tell you how it compares to other $1000 cartridges, but I can tell you I'm hearing details in music that I haven't heard before. Good detail and imaging, adding nuances to some classic jazz recordings, and enough bass energy to drive classic rock. Neil Young's guitar never sounded so good. This was a great purchase, and the support from Brian and the crew at ND couldn't have been better.



    I was torn between the Quintet Black and Dynavector 20X2 Low and based on my owning a Dynavector 10X5 and not being as impressed as many others, I went with the Quintet Black. I can say I'm extremely pleased. This is by far the best cartridge I've ever owned. I won't get into a bunch of audiophile babble. I'll simply say the sound this cart produces puts a big smile on my face!

    Something old, something new...

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    Amazing detail and clarity on a refurbished '69 Dual 1219! Been running this cart for 4 months now and the detail and response is awesome. It gives a unique and lively character to my rebuilt idler drive table--refined with lots of energy yet still shows the legacy genes.

    Moving up from Quintet Blue. . .

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    I;ve been using the Quintet Black S for the past 9 months, it replaced a Quintet Blue on my Gyro / SME 309 / Liberty Audio Phono Pre. After discussing what I was hearing with the Quintet Blue and what I wanted from a new cartridge with Brian, he recommended the Quintet Black S; his recommendation was spot on; the Quintet Black S is more refined, linear and resolving than the Quintet Blue among other things. In short the Black S is simply a better cartridge. That said, the Blue has more bass and a more brash attitude that is appealing for different reasons. At it's price a solid offering.

    At any rate, a quick shout out for Brian who goes about his job by listening to the customers and providing clearly explained options. . . this is the kind of person you want to do business with.