Cadenza Red

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Reviews

Ortofon Cadenza Red, Hi-Fi News Yearbook 2012

Hi-Fi News, Yearbook 2012

Score: 'Outstanding Product'

Comments of Note:
"From the start, the Cadenza Red dispensed an air of calm serenity. It was tonally neutral, with a smooth and natural mid and treble."
"It never sounded forced or hurried, but in its unstressed manner made you want to carry on listening."
"'Sultans of Swing' became a well-balanced, truly rocking performance too. The bass was not heavy but seemed absolutely solid, while the drumming had urgency and precision."
"The Cadenza Red has something approaching the outstanding qualities of Ortofon's pricier Cadenza Blue. It gives a convincing impression of correct balance and proportion, and promises longterm listening satisfaction."

Ortofon Cadenza Red, Hi-Fi News, July 2012

Hi-Fi News, July 2012

Feature: 'Group Test'
Score: Outstanding Product

Comments of Note:
"From the start, the Cadenza Red dispensed an air of calm. It was tonally neutral, with a smooth and natural mid and treble."
"Bass was accurate, extended and open-sounding, helping the cartridge's ability to offer realistic stereo perspectives."
"'Sultans of Swing' became a well-balanced, truly rocking performance too."

Ortofon Cadenza Red, Tech Radar, February 2010

Tech Radar, February 2010

Reviewed By: Richard Black
Score: 5/5 Stars

Comments of note:
“Ortofon's 'Cadenza' range replaces the 'Kontrapunkt' products that had served well for many years and the Red is the base model of four.”
“It uses a 'fine line' stylus on an aluminium cantilever, while the generator assembly uses ultra-pure copper wire and a powerful magnet, producing a relatively high output for a design of its type.”
“Like many current cartridges it has threaded holes for easy mounting, but there's an interesting subtlety in the mounting face. It has three small protuberances (left and right, rear and centre front) which in most arms will give extra-positive three-point contact, aiding stability.”
“It seems a small price to pay for the wide range of virtues the Cadenza Red demonstrates in other areas, including bass, midrange and detail.”
“Over the long term, what most impressed us with this cartridge turned out to be the midrange, which is effortlessly informative in the sort of way that makes one want to listen more, and more carefully, than usual.”
“It has a very neutral character and impeccable manners, never drawing attention to itself overtly, but the detail it presents is always clear, consistent and beautifully ordered. As a result, the Cadenza Red can make the most of the widest variety of music, from small-scale classical and folk to huge rock or opera spectaculars, with thunderous – but always well controlled – bass and some very gratifying treble clarity too, brightness notwithstanding.”