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Ortofon Quintet Bronze Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

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All Types of Music Will Be Conveyed With the Highest Accuracy, Precision and Dynamics

The Quintet Bronze moves into the higher league of the Quintets. The slim profile of its Nude Fine Line diamond stylus will track even the highest frequency information, making it a must for discerning listeners. Additionally its larger footprint ensures reduced distortion and record wear. The sound will be very evenhanded with respect to all aspects. Classical music will be reproduced with power and open space around each of the instruments.

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.
  • Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec: 0.3 mV
  • Channel balance at 1 kHz: < 1.2 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 Fine Line
  • Stylus tip radius: r/R 8/40 µm Quintet
  • 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: Pure 4-nines copper
  • Cartridge colour: Bronze
  • Cartridge weight: 9 gram
  • Ratings & Reviews

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    I have only had this cartridge playing for perhaps a few hours - this is my first MC. I am now a permanent convert to MC cartridges. Coming from a music hall/ortofon 540 mkii variant on my mmf 5.1. The former cartridge was very pleasing but perhaps a little laid back sounding on my very revealing system (quad 99 pre with 12L actives). In changing to the quintet bronze it's like somebody just added several layers of music with increased dynamics and depth of soundstage. Much fuller sound - especially in the bottom end. I would recommend a listen if possible but I don't think anyone would be disappointed with this cartridge. I have also come to realize that when budgeting for a new turntable it makes a lot of sense to ultimately spend as much on a cartridge as the table itself, whether up front or on a longer time horizon. This has by far made the biggest difference in how the table sounds.

    Rich S


    Switched over from the Benz Micro Ace medium output MC cartridge. Still adjusting to the sound. Solid tracker, looks great on my acrilic Pro-ject. Easy to view the stylus and determine if it needs a brushing.

    Jeff Newman


    I don't actually own this cartridge, but I spent thirty plus intimate hours with it at the Axpona show in Chicago, where Brian and the Needle Doctor were kind enough to help me demo my speakers. Brian brought a Rogue amp, pre amp a very quiet M.S. phono stage the Project Xperience turntable and this little beauty of a cartridge. We were both very pleased with our presentation and I was very pleased for their choice in components. We can use all the words we want when describing the sound of a component or system, and that's fine. But here are some facts. We had many people sit and listen for 20 to 30 minutes or more. That says a lot when there are 100 rooms to visit. We had quite a few people come back and listen again and some came back with their friends. A few couples said they always come back to the rooms that sound good. Two guys said top five room. And Jonathin Valin said voices sounded real. People were just enjoying the music. It doesn't matter how good [I think] my speakers are, they only give what they get. And Brian will tell you, I really enjoyed this cartridge. So when I buy another cartridge in a year or so, this ones at the very top of my list!



    The Quintet Bronze was the first MC cartridge I have ever bought. It is magnificient. I never would have believed such fidelity exists in vinyl records. When you buy and install this pickup you get all new records with it. The realism of the sound amazes me everday. At work all I think about is getting home and listening to my Ortofon. I am extremely satisfied with my purchase. The people at needle-doctor were a big help. Thanks to everyone.