Ortofon Quintet Black S Phono Cartridge
Ratings & Reviews
Peter P Wilson
by 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
by 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 .
by 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...
by Walter -
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.