Cadenza Red

£875.00
  • High-end moving coil pick-up cartridge
  • Nude Fine-Line stylus on aluminium cantilever
  • Well-suited to all genres of music

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Cadenza Series

The Cadenza Series of high-end Moving Coil (MC) cartridges was born out of the success of Ortofon's Kontrapunkt and MC Jubilee models. Though these models are amongst the most popular Ortofon has ever produced, the Danish cartridge masters still decided to develop a new range that was even more ambitious.

The name Cadenza comes from the Italian word for cadence, and refers to the section in a concert where the orchestra stops playing, leaving the soloist to play alone in free time without a strict, regular pulse. A Cadenza can be written or improvised, but it's usually the most elaborate and virtuosic part the solo instrument plays during the whole piece. It therefore seemed fitting that such a capable and nuanced cartridge series should use the same name.

By carefully implementing cobalt-iron pole pieces,  using new improved winding processes on the armature, and employing an extruded aluminium housing - amongst other changes - the Cadenza Series is able to out-perform all those that came before it. Like other modern ranges, the Cadenza Series is structured in Ortofon's preferred colour-tier nomenclature; so there are Red, Blue, Bronze, Black and Mono (White) variants available to suit varying budgets and tastes. 

As with all modern Ortofon ranges, the introductory cartridge in the Cadenza Series is the Red model. The Cadenza Red is a stylish, high-quality cartridge that boasts a nude fine line stylus with a cylindrical aluminium cantilever. The stylus tip radius is r/R 8/40µm, allowing the diamond to a read significant amount of the recorded information. The internal coils are made from 6NX (99.9999%) pure silver wire for optimal signal generation, and the improved winding process on the armature allows a better channel balance for good stereo imaging.

The Cadenza Red delivers a sound performance that is open and dynamic, with a touch of warmth. It is more relaxed, homogeneous and moderately dynamic when compared to the Cadenza Blue. It also has a great space and depth in the stereo image. All-in, it is a very capable high-end cartridge.

Key Features:

  • Delivers open, dynamic sound with a touch of warmth
  • Relaxed, homogeneous and moderately dynamic with great space and depth in the stereo image
  • Internal coils made from 6NX (99.9999%) pure silver wire
  • Stainless steel aluminium cartridge body
  • Nude Fine Line stylus profile with cylindrical aluminium cantilever

Technical Data

Output Voltage (at 1kHz, 5cm/sec): 450 μV
Channel Balance at 1kHz: < 1.2dB
Channel Separation at 1kHz: > 23dB
Channel Separation at 15kHz: > 15dB
Frequency Range (at -3dB): 20Hz - 50kHz
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz: +3 / -1
Tracking Ability at 315Hz: Typically 80μm
Compliance, Dynamic, Lateral: 12μm / mN
Stylus Type: Nude Fine Line
Cantilever: Aluminium
Stylus Tip Radius r / R: 8 / 40
Tracking Force Range: 2.2 - 2.7g (22 - 27mN)
Recommended Tracking Force: 2.5g (25mN)
Tracking Angle: 20º
Internal Impedance / DC Resistance: 50Ω
Recommended Load Impedance: 50 - 500Ω
Cartridge Body Material: Stainless Steel Aluminium
Cartridge Colour: Red / Black
Cartridge Weight: 10.7g

 

FAQ

What is a Moving Coil cartridge?

Moving Coil (MC) cartridges generate an electrical signal by moving a tightly wound coil between two magnets. The movement is created by the cantilever, which houses the diamond stylus at its end and rides within the modulations of a record groove.

As opposed to Moving Magnet (MM) cartridges, MC designs are more difficult to produce - but often result in a more nuanced sound. For that reason, they are also often more expensive and boast better components than MM designs.

For more on cartridge technology, read our informative article.


How do I install my cartridge?

Cartridge installation takes time and requires a level of understanding for the turntable/tonearm you are fiiting to. We've created a comprehensive guide, available here, which will help you through each step of the procedure.

However, if at any time you feel uncomfortable with the task at hand, be sure to contact us or your local retailer for assistance.


What if I break my Moving Coil cartridge?

The Ortofon Moving Coil Cartridge Exchange Scheme is designed to help existing Ortofon customers update or renew their Moving Coil cartridge in a much more cost-effective way.

Through the scheme, Ortofon offer a trade-in value for the current range of moving coil cartridges, as well as an extensive list of discontinued models. Through this program, we are able to help customers upgrade, replace or slightly downgrade their current phono cartridge in a more economical way than usual. 

Find out more here.

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