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Ortofon Super OM 5E Moving Magnet Cartridge

Ortofon

  • The Super OM 5E has an improved generator system
  • The Super OM 5E features an Elliptical (E) stylus that provides balanced and distortion-free playback

$149

The Ortofon OM Series encompasses three basic cartridges: OM 1S, OM 5E and Super OM 5E. With its classic design, the OM moving magnet cartridge has been featured on innumerable hi-fi turntables over many years, and the latest range gives turntable owners easy access to great sound at an affordable price.

The OM Series is the lowest-mass range of moving magnet (MM) cartridges offered by Ortofon, and combined with their minimal design allowing for easy mounting and alignment and clear, loud output for easy pairing with a phono stage, they fully justify their “Optimum Match” (OM) name.

The Super OM 5E has an improved generator system compared to the standard OM 5E. In this generater system, the same split-pole pin technology that’s found on the coveted 2M range is used. Split pole pins reduce eddy current losses caused by magnetic hysteress, resulting in an extended, flat frequency, similar to that found on a moving coil cartridge. The Super OM 5E development also used computer simulations to accurately define the natural pivot point of the system, resulting in improved linearity, higher channel separation and reduced distortion.

As well as being easy to fit to any tonearm/headshell system, all OM cartridge bodies also benefit from a tiny, removable weight above the mounting bracket. For standard tonearms, leave the weight in place as usual. For low-mass tonearms, you have the ability to remove the weight, reducing the cartridge weigh to just 2.5g.

The Super OM 5E features an Elliptical (E) stylus that provides balanced and distortion-free playback. Elliptical diamonds are able to follow the groove oscillations more accurately than spherical diamonds due to their contoured shape. This results in better tracking and less distortion.

Weight 5 g
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Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec. 4 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz 1.5 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz 22 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz 15 dB
Frequency range at – 3dB 20-25.000 Hz
Frequency response 20-20.000 Hz ± 2 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force 65 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral 20 µm/mN
Stylus type Elliptical
Stylus tip radius r/R 8/18 µm
Tracking force range 1.5-2.0 g (15-20 mN)
Tracking force, recommended 1.75 g (17.5 mN)
Tracking angle 20°
Internal impedance, DC resistance 1 kOhm
Internal inductance 580 mH
Recommended load resistance 47 kOhm
Recommended load capacitance 200-500 pF
Cartridge colour, body/stylus Black/Black
Cartridge weight incl. extra weight 5 g
Cartridge weight excl. extra weight 2.5 g
Replacement stylus unit Stylus 5 E, Stylus 10

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