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Ortofon Quintet Red Cartridge

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Ortofon Quintet Red Cartridge

  • A durable & ultra lightweight cartridge body made from an ABS thermoplastic material
  • Elliptical Diamond stylus profile
  • Low internal impedance, making it easy to match with preamps
  • 9-gram cartridge weight

While Moving Magnet cartridges tend to offer a more relaxed, warmer sound, Moving Coils are known for offering a better level of detail and a wider stereo field than the Moving Magnet alternatives. Moving Coil Cartridges will often require an external phono-stage specific to their construction. Ortofon is committed to delivering the best quality cartridges for your turntable, in an effort to offer the most refined and exquisite analogue sound quality. Ortofon have introduced around 100 different moving coil cartridge models since 1948, with the newest range being the colourful and capable Quintet Series.

Ortofon believes that the new Quintet range is more than qualified to be the worthy successors to the vast line of high-quality turntable cartridges they've developed previously, and just be consulting the specifications - it's not hard to see why. The Quintet series has been described as possessing its 'own individual sonic expression', and each of the five models together represents the team of five classic models.

The MC Quintet Red is a capable turntable cartridge for all purposes, delivering an open and dynamic sound the delicate level of warmth one would expect to experience from a timeless vinyl recording. The Red is the entry-level unit of the Quintet series and features an Elliptical diamond, which is cut and polished to Ortofon's high-quality standards. This cartridge consists of an extremely high price-to-performance ratio and is generally the perfect option for the newly-found Moving Coil cartridge enthusiast.

Who is Ortofon?

Ortofon is a Danish manufacturer of high-quality phono cartridges, designed to get the very most out of your vinyl collection from a variety of price points. Ortofon cartridges, both Moving Magnet and Moving Coil configuration are commonly found supplied with high-quality ProJect turntable models, but Ortofon cartridges sound exceptional with any compatible turntable

Moving Coil cartridges feature an inverted version of the Moving Magnet design. Instead of a magnet sitting on the end of the cantilever between two coils, the coils are attached to the cantilever and a magnet is placed near them. Because space within the cartridge at this level is extremely limited, the coils are made from exceptionally fine wire. The coils tiny size results in very low output.

Output Voltage
(at 1kHz, 5cm/sec):
Channel Balance at 1kHz:  <1.5dB
Channel Separation at 1kHz:  >21dB
Channel Separation at 15kHz: >14dB 
Frequency Range (at -3dB): 20 Hz - 25 kHz 
Frequency Response
20Hz - 20kHz:
± 2.5dB 
 Tracking Ability at 315Hz 65μm 
Compliance, Dynamic, Lateral
 15μm / mN
 Stylus Type  Elliptical
Stylus Tip Radius r / R:   6 / 50μm
 Tracking Force Range  2.1 - 2.5g (21 - 25mN)
Recommended Tracking Force  2.3g (23mN)
Tracking Angle 20º 
Internal Impedance /
DC Resistance
Recommended Load
Cartridge Body Material ABS/Alu 
Cartridge Colour Red 
Cartridge Weight 9.0g

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