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Ortofon is the world’s oldest and most experienced manufacturer of hi-fi pick-up cartridges. From humble beginnings in 1918, Ortofon is a proud Danish company that has grown to become a micro-mechanical powerhouse. Their core principles of responsibly sourced high-end materials, meticulous design and production processes, pristine working conditions and superlative attention to detail are evident in every single product they make.
From the introductory moving magnet OM and 2M ranges, through the Quintet and Cadenza Moving Coil series, all the way up to the Exclusive high-end models like the flagship MC Anna cartridge, Ortofon are devoted to offering true ‘accuracy in sound’. They also commit to supporting long-time customers by continuing to run replacement styli many years after an original cartridge has been discontinued, and for Moving Coil customers they also run an attractive exchange program.
A continuous investment in Research and Development see’s Ortofon constantly developing new models and technologies, so watch this space for the next release from Denmark’s most famous export.
The Electrical Phono Film Company was founded on October 9th, 1918, Axel Petersen and Arnold Poulsen. The company was originally formed to create one of the first synchronised sound-film systems in the world – effectively revolutionising the cinema industry. The company’s focus on sound quality saw them expand into other areas, and by 1948 Holger Christian Arenstein had developed Ortofon’s first moving coil cartridge, Mono-A.
As the company grew, it eventually changed its name to Ortofon A/S in 1952; “Ortofon” being a combination of the Greek words for “correct” (Orto) and “sound” (fon).
In 1959 Ortofon really established themselves at forefront of pick-up technology with the release of their first Stereo Pick-Up (SPU) cartridge. Ortofon’s technique and ability made their SPU models the go-to cartridges for audio-enthusiasts that were beginning to collect Stereo records for the first time. Later, the first magnetic cartridge – M-15 (1969) – and a new standard of lightweight moving coil design – MC 20 (1977) – were introduced, effectively marking the beginning of the company as we know it today.
The current Ortofon range is made entirely at their dedicated facility in Nakskov, Denmark. Using specialised partners throughout Denmark and across the world, Ortofon are now at the forefront of micro-mechanical design and cartridge technology. Their expertise has also recently transferred into the medical industry, with the newly established Ortofon MicroTech becoming a specialist supplier to the hearing-aid market.
Discover more about Ortofon's rich history on their website.