Pacing, Rhythm, and Timing: Smooth Reproduction and Spacious Imaging Come to Fore on Every LP the Award-Winning Ortofon Quintet Blue MC Phono Cartridge Touches
A homogeneous cartridge whose sound image leans towards smoother reproduction when compared to that of the Ortofon Quintet Red, and whose dynamic strength is moderate if compared to Quintet Bronze, Quintet Blue personifies openness and spaciousness. Its Nude Elliptical diamond is mounted on an aluminum cantilever. Quintet Blue specializes in spaciousness and depth, and delivers extraordinary pacing and rhythm. This cartridge doesn't miss a beat!
"We haven't heard a better option at this price."
–What Hi-Fi?, five-star review, 2021 What Hi-Fi? Award, Best Cartridge Over £150
Incredible Performance for the Cost: Moving-Coil Cartridges Traditionally Command Higher Prices
Like every other cartridge in the Quintet Series, Quintet Blue performs to the highest of standards no matter the music it encounters. Given its price, Quintet Blue also represents a new accomplishment in high-end audio. Seldom, if ever, has a moving-coil cartridge of this caliber been available at this cost. Ortofon's Quintet Series is primed to become one of the most celebrated cartridge lines in recent memory.
Precise Reproduction Plus Seamless Compatibility With Most Preamplifiers and Transformers
The MC Quintet Series continues Ortofon's unrelenting commitment to providing the most precise and accurate analog reproduction possible without introducing coloration. A special ABS (Acrylonitrile/Butadiene/Styrene) thermoplastic material is used in manufacturing the cartridge body. This lightweight, impact resistant material is extremely suitable for injection-molding and provides a durable, scratch-resistant surface. Neodymium magnets are implemented to achieve an optimal output. Low internal impedance makes the cartridge less sensitive to load, and therefore ensures compatibility with a wide range of preamplifiers and transformers.
Excellent Ease of Use and Setup
Mounting the Quintet Blue couldn't be any easier. The aluminum frame has threaded mounting holes and is fitted with the supplied 5mm or 7mm screws (depending on the thickness of your headshell). The Quintet Blue's right angles, straight lines, stylus visibility, and ample distance between the record surface and cartridge's bottom allow listeners to correctly mount and align the cartridge and tonearm without problem. You'll be spinning records in no time.
Channel balance at 1 kHz: < 1.5 dB
1 kHz: > 21 dB
15 kHz: > 14 dB
Frequency range at - 3dB: 20 - 25.000 Hz
Frequency response 20-20.000 Hz: +/- 2.5 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force: 70 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral: 15 µm/mN
Stylus type: Nude elliptical
Stylus tip radius: r/R 8/18 μm
Tracking force range: 2.1-2.5 g (21-25 mN)
Tracking force, recommended: 2.3 g (23 mN)
Tracking angle: 20°
Internal impedance, DC resistance: 7 Ohm
Recommended load impedance: > 20 Ohm
Cartridge body material: ABS/Aluminum
Coil wire material: Pure 4-nines copper
Cartridge color: Blue
Cartridge weight: 9 g