MC Century

£8500.00
Out of Stock
  • Flagship anniversary cartridge, limited to 100 pieces
  • Nude Ortofon Replicant 100 diamond stylus and diamond cantilever
  • Meticuluous Titanium SLM body

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Exclusive Series

Inspired by previous Anniversary designs (such as the MC A90 and MC A95), the MC Century breaks new ground for Ortofon, combining proven technologies from previous exclusive designs alongside newer technologies that sets the MC Century apart as a truly unique piece in the market. Capable of the highest degree of performance, this is a new flagship capable of true accuracy in sound and represents the most expensive cartridge Ortofon has ever produced.

The housing of the MC Century is made using Ortofon’s pioneering SLM technique. In production, fine particles of Titanium are welded together, layer-by-layer, to construct a single piece body devoid of unnecessary material*. Using this technique, the density of the body can be precisely controlled, allowing for extremely high internal damping. The final result provides absolute freedom from resonance, allowing the MC Century to perfectly suit a wide array of high-end tonearms.

Like previous Ortofon flagships, the MC Century makes use of “the finest diamond in the world”. The specially polished Ortofon Replicant 100 stylus profile boasts a thin and light shape, with an impressively long vertical contact surface making it as close as possible to an original record cutting stylus as possible. For the first time, Ortofon have mounted the stylus onto a diamond cantilever with a crystal structure and exceptional density that ensures the best possible interface between a stylus and its armature. This rare combination of stylus and cantilever delivers an extremely responsive and transparent sound performance thanks to its combination of a low moving mass with an extreme degree of rigidity.

The stylus and cantilever are connected into a new generator system, heavily inspired by the MC Anna design, with a high performance iron-cobalt alloy applied in some parts. The specially designed precision moulded non-magnetic armature is very strong and rigid, and also benefits from extreme precision in each coil turn on all layers. The armature design then allows for a very well defined interface with the rubber absorbers in the suspension system. Elsewhere, the armature damping system completely eliminates unwanted resonance and only ultra-pure oxygen free copper (OFC) is employed throughout for crystal clear audio reproduction with zero loss.

Cosmetically, the shape of the MC Century is unique in the current Ortofon range, but shares similarities with classic designs like the MC Rohmann. To display its unique standing in the range, it is then emblazoned with the Ortofon logo on the front panel, and the special Ortofon Anniversary logo on the side. The bottom cover has been constructed from a special proprietary Thermo-Plastic Elastomer (TPE) material, which provides extremely high damping.

Installation is made easy thanks to the clear markings on the cartridge rear, and the body’s unique shape on the top panel creates a rigid, multi-point contact with the tonearm for perfect mechanical integration. With an output impedance of 6Ω and a low-to-medium output voltage of 0.2mV, the MC Century is also easy to partner with most phono pre-amps and step-up transformers – including Ortofon’s own ST-80 SE model.  

Boasting all the strengths of Ortofon’s world-class knowledge in analogue sound reproduction, the new MC Century will undoubtedly provide sound which is literally unsurpassed and simply has to be experienced. Limited to only 100 pieces worldwide, this unique opportunity to experience the finest sound money can buy will not last long.

Key Features:

  • Strictly limited centenary cartridge
  • Ultra-high-end technologies combine to make the most expensive cartridge Ortofon have ever produced
  • SLM Titanium body for exceptional stiffness
  • TPE damping material on the bottom of the body
  • Easily works with a wide variety of high-end turntable equipment
  • Flagship Ortofon Replicant 100 Stylus mounted onto diamond cantilever
  • Diamond cantilever provides exceptional stiffness with light form factor
  • Expertly tuned generator system with expensive ultra-pure windings
  • Zero transmission loss
  • The best sound performance possible
  • Individually serial numbered
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Technical Data

Output Voltage (at 1kHz, 5cm/sec): 0.2mV
Channel Balance at 1kHz: 0.5dB
Channel Separation at 1kHz: 25dB
Channel Separation at 15kHz: 22dB
Frequency Range (at -3dB): 10Hz - 50kHz
Frequency Response:  20Hz - 20kHz ±1.5dB
Tracking Ability at 315Hz: 80μm
Compliance, Dynamic, Lateral: 9μm / mN
Stylus Type: Nude Ortofon Replicant 100
Special Polished Version
Cantilever: Diamond
Stylus Tip Radius r / R: 5 / 100μm
Recommended Tracking Force: 2.4g (24mN)
Tracking Angle: 23º
Internal Impedance / DC Resistance:
Recommended Load Impedance: > 10Ω
Cartridge Body Material: SLM Titanium
Cartridge Colour: Titanium / Black
Cartridge Weight: 15.0g
Included Accessory: LW-800S Cartridge Leadwires

FAQ

How Long Will My Stylus Last?

With proper care we find that up to 1,000 hours is possible without any degradation of the performance. The stylus does begin to exhibit changes after 1,000 hours, but the stylus life as a whole is expected to top 2,000 hours use.


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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