Quintet Blue

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Ortofon Quintet Blue, Hi-Fi News, December 2014

Hi-Fi News, December 2014

Score: 85%, 'Outstanding Product'

Comments of Note:
“The Blue’s straight-sided body and threaded mounting holes makes it easy to align”
“A few bars into Little Dragon’s ‘Paris’ from their Nabuma rubberband Album [Because Music BEc5 161771] lets the Blue show how it can pull out plenty of detail from the track with ease, which it presents with real dynamism. The synthesised percussion has ample depth and attack, and I could feel each note’s texture as they were served up in rapid succession...”
(REM’s ‘ turn You Inside-Out’ [Green-Warner Bros WX 234 925 795-1]) “Under the Blue’s influence, the track’s guitars are still given free rein to sound raw and edgy, but without being allowed to become ‘spitty’, especially at high SPLs.”
“what’s more striking is the Ortofon’s talent for separating out instruments within it.”
“Turning to Nick Drake’s ‘Fly’ from Bryter Layter [Simply Vinyl SVLP 094] Shows how well this cartridge copes with more challenging material. Each instrument is given plenty of air and space to let the notes form with convincing realism, which the Ortofon knits together into a cohesive whole, while ensuring their edges don’t blur into each other.”
“Bass is also nicely articulate and evenly presented without being over-emphasised or lacking in tangibility.”
“The ‘Paris’ track underlines how the Blue likes to show its hand in the lower registers. Not just trying to impress through lots of low-down wallop, but by making sure the bass sounds natural and fully formed – neither overly dominant nor hollow, resulting in low notes with genuine substance.”
“All in all, this latest Blue is a very accomplished MC”
“you’ll be very hard-pressed to find a better alternative that’s as well balanced across the board as the blue. This pick-up offers a sound that’s both refined and yet bags of fun, guaranteeing its place as a fantastic all-rounder for those wanting a quality moving coil on a budget.”

Ortofon Quintet Blue, Hi-Fi Choice, October 2014

Hi-Fi Choice, October 2014

Reviewd By: Andrew Simpson
Sound Quality: 5 Stars
Value For Money: 5 Stars
Build Quality: 5 Stars
Features: 4 Stars
Overall Score: 5 Stars, Group Test Winner

Comments of Note:
“it presents all the detail in the track with real dynamism.”
“lead guitar notes in the instrumental section sound sharp but never harsh, with chords struck firmly before reverberating with a natural echo.”
“It’s soundstage is expansive left to right”
“it really plays to how the piece moves from quiet passages to louder sections with great effect, pulling you into the music. Each instrument gets the space to let its notes grow, which it knits together into a cohesive whole, revealing its measured and neutral presentation.”
“Bass is well articulated and evenly presented without being overly emphasised or rolling off too early, making its presence and detail felt without becoming overwhelming on more demanding bass-heavy music.”
“LIKE: Open and detailed sound, well built”
“WE SAY: Fantastic sounding mid-price MC that does everything right.”