Ortofon
Danish company Ortofon began life in 1918 and is the world's largest manufacturer of magnetic cartridges with annual sales of over 500,000 units. Between the world wars, Ortofon, or the Electrical Phono Film Company as it was known then, was an innovator during the fascinating evolution of the sound film - a motion picture with synchronized sound. With the "talkies" came the need to overcome the many obstacles hindering sound synchronization and reproduction in a public space.

During the late forties, after being highly successful in the sound film industry, Ortofon became involved with improvements to the cutting heads used in the growing gramophone industry and in 1948 produced the world's first moving coil cartridge engineered with characteristics matching the quality of the cutterhead. With the popularity of the vinyl LP, Ortofon became increasingly specialized in the gramophone world and innovation continued over the following decades in both vinyl cutting technology and cartridges for sound reproduction. Notable innovations in cartridge design include the world's first low mass very high compliance magnetic cartridge in 1981 and the new Ortofon Xpression High end integrated cartridge in 2011. This one-piece cartridge connects to the tonearm directly without the need for a headshell or headshell leads.

More recently Ortofon has embraced SLM manufacturing techniques for cartridges such as the Xpression, and diversified further with Ortofon Microtech, a B2B division for micro-engineered components.

Ortofon manufactures a wide range of superbly manufactured cartridges, tonearms, step-up transformers, cartridge and turntable accessories at all price points. Standardization across the products makes upgrading easy. Ortofon provides a comprehensive range of products for DJ's and three-quarters of cartridge sales are in that business.

All Ortofon products including the classic SPU range, high output moving coil cartridges, and lower cost cartridges are available from kemela.

Consult with kemela for recommended Ortofon cartridges with non-Ortofon tonearms.

 
Ortofon Cartridges

Ortofon 2M Red Moving Magnet Cartridge

  • Output: 5.5 mV (@ 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec)
  • Frequency response: 20-22,000 Hz (-3bB)
  • Channel separation: 22dB @1kHz, 15dB @15kHz
  • Weight: 7.2g
  • Compliance: 20 µm/mN
  • Tracking force: 1.8g
  • Tipped elliptical stylus, modern high output design
  • Bottom mounting version also available
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Ortofon 2M Blue Moving Magnet Cartridge

  • Output: 5.5 mV (@ 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec)
  • Frequency response: 20-25,000 Hz (-3bB)
  • Channel separation: 25dB @1kHz, 15dB @15kHz
  • Weight: 7.2g
  • Compliance: 20 µm/mN
  • Tracking force: 1.8g
  • Nude elliptical stylus for longer life
  • Alternative bottom mounting version now available
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Ortofon 2M Bronze Moving Magnet Cartridge

  • Output: 5 mV (@ 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec)
  • Frequency response: 20-29,000 Hz (-3bB)
  • Channel separation: 26dB @1kHz, 15dB @15kHz
  • Weight: 7.2g
  • Compliance: 22 µm/mN
  • Tracking force: 1.5g
  • Nude Fine Line stylus for better tracking of higher frequencies
  • Alternative bottom mounting version now available
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Ortofon 2M Black Moving Magnet Cartridge

  • Output: 5 mV (@ 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec)
  • Frequency response: 20-31,000 Hz (-3bB)
  • Channel separation: 26dB @1kHz, 15dB @15kHz
  • Weight: 7.2g
  • Compliance: 22 µm/mN
  • Tracking force: 1.5g
  • Nude Shibata stylus for wide contact area and reduced record wear
  • Alternative bottom mounting version now available
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Ortofon 2M Mono/Mono SE Moving Magnet Cartridge

  • Output: 4 mV/3.5 mV (@ 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec)
  • Frequency response: 20-22,000/25,000 Hz (-3bB)
  • Weight: 7.2g
  • Compliance: 18 µ/22 µ m/mN
  • Tracking force: 1.8g/1.5g
  • Nude spherical / Nude Shibata
  • Improved performance for mono recordings
  • SE version especially commissioned for Beetles Mono albums
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Ortofon Quintet Red Moving Coil Cartridge

  • Output: 0.5 mV (@ 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec)
  • Frequency response: 20-25,000 Hz (-3bB)
  • Channel separation: 21dB @1kHz, 14dB @15kHz
  • Weight: 9g
  • Compliance: 15 µm/mN
  • Tracking force: 2.3g
  • Elliptical stylus with aluminium cantilever
  • Good all-rounder and affordable entry into Moving Coil cartridges
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Ortofon Quintet Blue Moving Coil Cartridge

  • Output: 0.5 mV (@ 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec)
  • Frequency response: 20-25,000 Hz (-3bB)
  • Channel separation: 21dB @1kHz, 14dB @15kHz
  • Weight: 9g
  • Compliance: 15 µm/mN
  • Tracking force: 2.3g
  • Nude Elliptical stylus with aluminium cantilever
  • More space, depth, detail and smoother than the red
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Ortofon Quintet Bronze Moving Coil Cartridge

  • Output: 0.3 mV (@ 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec)
  • Frequency response: 20-25,000 Hz (-3bB)
  • Channel separation: 23dB @1kHz, 15dB @15kHz
  • Weight: 9g
  • Compliance: 15 µm/mN
  • Tracking force: 2.3g
  • Nude Fine Line stylus with conical aluminium cantilever
  • More dynamic ability and open space around performers
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Ortofon Quintet Black Moving Coil Cartridge

  • Output: 0.3 mV (@ 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec)
  • Frequency response: 20-25,000 Hz (-3bB)
  • Channel separation: 23dB @1kHz, 15dB @15kHz
  • Weight: 9g
  • Compliance: 15 µm/mN
  • Tracking force: 2.3g
  • Nude Shibata stylus with boron cantilever
  • Shibata stylus gives more groove contact and high frequency resolution
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Ortofon Quintet Mono Moving Coil Cartridge

  • Output: 0.3 mV (@ 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec)
  • Frequency response: 20-25,000 Hz (-3bB)
  • Weight: 9g
  • Compliance: 15 µm/mN
  • Tracking force: 2.3g
  • Nude Eliptical stylus
  • Mono output from both sets of pins eliminating need for mono-specific equipment
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Ortofon Cadenza Red Moving Coil Cartridge

  • Output: 0.45 mV (@1000 Hz, 5cm/sec)
  • Frequency response: 20-50,000Hz (-3bB)
  • Channel separation: >23dB @1kHz, >20dB @15kHz
  • Weight: 10.7g
  • Compliance: 12 µm/mN
  • Tracking force: 2.5g
  • Nude Fine Line stylus with cylindrical aluminium cantilever
  • Spacious deep soundstage, relaxed seamless sound
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Ortofon Cadenza Blue Moving Coil Cartridge

  • Output: 0.5 mV (@1000 Hz, 5cm/sec)
  • Frequency response: 20-50,000 Hz (-3bB)
  • Channel separation: >23dB @1kHz, >20dB @15kHz
  • Weight: 10.7g
  • Compliance: 12 µm/mN
  • Tracking force: 2.5g
  • Nude FG 70 stylus with very thin ruby cantilever
  • Wide open soundstage, clarity, detail and speed
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Ortofon Cadenza Bronze Moving Coil Cartridge

  • Output: 0.4 mV (@1000 Hz, 5cm/sec)
  • Frequency response: 20-55,000 Hz (-3bB)
  • Channel separation: >24dB @1kHz, >20dB @15kHz
  • Weight: 10.7g
  • Compliance: 12 µm/mN
  • Tracking force: 2.5g
  • Replicant 100 stylus with conical aluminium cantilever
  • 3D soundstage, precision, impact and dynamics - a true high-end cartridge
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Ortofon Cadenza Black Moving Coil Cartridge

  • Output: 0.3 mV (@1000 Hz, 5cm/sec)
  • Frequency response: 20-60,000 Hz (-3bB)
  • Channel separation: >27dB @1kHz, >20dB @15kHz
  • Weight: 10.7g
  • Compliance: 16 µm/mN
  • Tracking force: 2.3g
  • Nude Shibata stylus with boron cantilever for high frequency resolution
  • 3D soundstage, precision, impact, dynamics with pire tonality and musicality
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Ortofon Cadenza Mono Moving Coil Cartridge

  • Output: 0.45 mV (@1000 Hz, 5cm/sec)
  • Frequency response: 20-50,000 Hz (-3bB)
  • Weight: 10.7g
  • Compliance: 12 µm/mN
  • Tracking force: 2.5g
  • Nude Fine Line stylus with cylindrical aluminium cantilever
  • Relaxed seamless sound optimized for old mono records
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Ortofon MC Windfeld Moving Coil Cartridge

  • Output: 0.3 mV (@1000 Hz, 5cm/sec)
  • Frequency response: 20-80,000 Hz (-3bB)
  • Channel separation: >28dB @1kHz, >22dB @15kHz
  • Weight: 13g
  • Compliance: 16 µm/mN
  • Tracking force: 2.6g
  • Special Nude Ortofon Replicant 100 stylus with boron cantilever
  • Technologically advanced, accurate, and best sounding design
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Ortofon MC A95 Moving Coil Cartridge

  • Output: 0.27 mV (@1000 Hz, 5cm/sec)
  • Frequency response: 20-80,000 Hz (-3bB)
  • Channel separation: >28dB @1kHz, >22dB @15kHz
  • Weight: 8g
  • Compliance: 16 µm/mN
  • Tracking force: 2.3g
  • Special Nude Ortofon Replicant 100 stylus with boron cantilever
  • Ortofon's SLM made 90th anniversary cartridge, unparalleled presentation
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Ortofon Xpression Moving Coil Cartridge

  • Output: 0.3 mV (@ 1000Hz, 5cm/sec)
  • Frequency response: 20-60,000Hz (-3bB)
  • Channel separation: >28dB @1kHz, >22dB @15kHz
  • Weight: 28g
  • Compliance: 11 µm/mN
  • Tracking force: 2.6g
  • Special Nude Ortofon Replicant 100 stylus with boron cantilever
  • State of the art product, transparent sound reproduction
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Ortofon The Limited Edition SPU Collector Box

  • Kept in production since 1958 these famous cartridges reflect 50 years of continuous technological development
  • Classic - original low impedance 2 coil design
  • Gold Reference - Ortofon's Replicant 100 stylus, 99.9999% pure copper windings
  • SPU 85 - Japanese Hida Beech wood housing, "AUCRUM" very pure copper/gold alloy windings
  • SPU 90th Anniversary - new magnetics, stabilization, damping, copper/silver alloy windings and SLM manufacturing
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Ortofon LH2000 Headshell

  • Weight: 12g
  • Simple design suits wide variety of cartridges
  • Range of high quality headshell leads available separately
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Ortofon LH6000 Headshell

  • Weight: 13.5g
  • Styled to suit Windfield, Candenza and other Ortofon cartridges
  • Range of high quality headshell leads available separately
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Ortofon LH8000 Headshell

  • Weight: 9.5g
  • Carved form Japanese oak with Urushi finish
  • Range of high quality headshell leads available separately
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Ortofon LH9000 Headshell

  • Weight: 16.8g
  • Carbon fiber resin for resonance elimination
  • Includes high purity 7N copper headshell leads
  • Range of other high quality headshell leads available
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Ortofon AS 212S Tonearm

  • Accompanates wide variety of cartridges
  • Effective mass: 3.5 g (without headshell)
  • Effective length: 229 mm
  • Offset angle: 22 degrees, Overhang: 15mm
  • Tracking force adjustment: 0-5g
  • Height adjustment : 35-55 mm
  • Also available in 12" version
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Ortofon RS 212D Tonearm

  • Accompanates wide variety of cartridges
  • Effective mass: 3.5 g (without headshell)
  • Effective length: 229 mm
  • Offset angle: 22 degrees, Overhang: 15mm
  • Tracking force adjustment: 0-5g
  • Height adjustment : 42-57 mm
  • Comes with DS-1 digital stylus force guage
  • Also available in 12" version
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Ortofon TA 110 Tonearm

  • Rubber Injected to damp unwanted resonances
  • Effective mass: 3.5 g (without headshell)
  • Effective length: 231 mm
  • Offset angle: 23.9 degrees, Overhang: 18mm
  • Tracking force adjustment: 0-3g
  • Height adjustment : 35-55 mm
  • Comes supplied with LH2000 headshell
  • Advanced design that allows for a Baerwald alignment
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Ortofon Verto Step Up Transformer

  • Internal jumpers offer two gain/impendance options
  • A) 5-50 Ohm Gain: 24 dB @ 1 kHz with 10-80,000 Hz freq response
  • B) < 10 Ohm Gain: 30 dB @ 1 kHz with 10-100,000 Hz freq response
  • Output loading: 47 kOhm/200 pF
  • Exceptional quality Lundahl ™ transformer with mu-metal sheilding
  • Quiet, expansive, and tonaly accurate lifelike presentation
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Ortofon ST-80 SE Step Up Transformer

  • Frequency response: 10-100,000 Hz (-2.5dB +0.5dB)
  • Gain: 27 dB @ 1 kHz
  • Output loading: 47 kOhm/200 pF
  • Permalloy/machined 10mm aluminium magnetic shielding for transformer
  • Pure dual mono for maximum channel separation
  • Solid core pure OFC gold plated copper internal wiring
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Ortofon Bubble Level

  • Unprecdented level of accuracy
  • Essential for crucial turntable adjustments
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Ortofon DS-1 Digital Stylus force guage

  • Aluminium measuring tab held at same height as vinyl record
  • Accurate, simple, and elegant way to set tracking force
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Ortofon SB-1 Strobe

  • Battery operated
  • Perfect way to gauge speed stability
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Select products in drop down above
2M RED
2M BLUE
2M BRONZE
2M BLACK
MONO/MONO SE
QUINTET RED
QUINTET BLUE
QUINTET BRONZE
QUINTET BLACK
QUINTET MONO
CADENZA RED
CADENZA BLUE
CADENZA BRONZE
CADENZA BLACK
CADENZA MONO
WINDFELD
A95
XPRESSION
SPU COLLECTION
LH2000
LH6000
LH8000
LH9000
AS 212S
RS 212D
TA 110
VERTO
ST-80 SE
BUBBLE LEVEL
SCALES
STROBE