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Ortofon MC Cadenza Black Moving Coil Cartridge


  • Cadenza Black is optimized for an amazing tonal neutrality, dynamics and purity of sound
  • Cadenza Black is using a Nude Shibata stylus with a boron cantilever
  • It also uses the WRD/Wide Range Damping-systemThe coil wire is the famous Ortofon Aucurum wire, which is a gold plated 6NX copper wire
  • Cadenza Black is high performing on areas like detail, consistency and sound staging


The Cadenza series

Ortofon constantly looks for new technology to be used in our products and push the performance of existing technology. Thus we assure the highest level of performance and quality. The Kontrapunkt models and MC Jubilee became market standards and are among our most popular cartridges. Nevertheless Ortofon decided to develope a new cartridge series that is even more ambitious.

By carefully implementing cobalt-iron pole pieces, new improved winding process on the armature, using extruded aluminium housing in the models as well as other changes, we have been able to reveal new possibilities in performing the analogue information. It was also decided to make a more complete range of cartridges, which meant an introduction of a moving coil Cadenza Mono model to support our customers, who have an extended interest in micro groove mono records.

Each of the five Cadenza Series cartridges has its own individual sonic expression, and all five models together represent the ensemble of five classic variations:

  • MC Cadenza Mono is a true mono cartridge for playing mono microgroove vinyl records
  • MC Cadenza Red delivers open, dynamic sound with a touch of warmth
  • MC Cadenza Blue adds more dynamics and resolution, sounds more open and reproduces more details
  • MC Cadenza Bronze adds even more details and resolution but in a very evenhanded way that pays respect to all elements
  • MC Cadenza Black is the best of everything, true to the groove with resolution and accurate insight into each recording
Weight 10.7 g
Dimensions 35 × 35 × 35 mm

Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec. 0.33 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz < 0.8 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz > 27 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz > 20 dB
Frequency range at – 3dB 20 – 60.000 Hz
Frequency response 20 kHz – 20 kHz +1.5/0
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force – 90 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral 16 µm/mN
Stylus type Nude Shibata on Boron cantilever
Stylus tip radius r/R 6/50 µm
Tracking force range 2.0-2.5 g (20-25 mN)
Tracking force, recommended 2.3 g (23 mN)
Tracking angle 20°
Internal impedance, DC resistance 5 Ohm
Recommended load impedance > 10 Ohm
Cartridge body material Stainless steel Aluminium
Cartridge colour Black/Black


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