Ortofon Cadenza Bronze Moving Coil Cartridge

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  • "5 'Globe' Award winner" - HiFiWorld Magazine August 2009
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Ortofon Cadenza Bronze moving coil cartridge

Hi-Fi World, August 2009
Noel Keywood of Hi-Fi World has been lucky enough to already review the Cadenza Blue and Bronze from the new Ortofon moving coil Cadenza series. He awarded them both 5 Globes! These aren't available just yet though - we are expecting delivery in early September.

Here are a few of his comments from the review -

"...if you want to hear what vinyl can sound like and enjoy the magic of good analogue then this is the starting point..."

"Ortofon are able to make technically near-perfect cartridges, free of blemishes and limitations..."

"...combine beauty with accuracy, a combination that has me enthralled..."

"Both cartridges are, aurally, a fantastic experience."

"They are also supremely even and svelte:the sound stage stretches wide, instruments and singers have vivid life..."

"The Blue was challengingly fast and deeply detailed..."

"The initial impact is hair trigger-fast and the decay of the drum kept dry and controlled...torrent of fine detail...with a sweetness of tone of that only good analogue can manage, I was impressed as ever by this cartridge..."

"The Blue...had striking insight and a vividly fast and detailed delivery..."

"...the Bronze offers a richer and even more musically engaging experience."

"(the Bronze)...has the same beautifully formed bass of the Blue, that is both tight and powerful, a richer lower midband that seemingly knits bass to midrange..."

"I worked through old originals from the 1960s onwards, right up to new recordings and pressings...both cartridges were a great experience."

"Both these new Cadenza cartridges are a fantastic hi-fi experience."

"Yes, they are expensive but if you have the money their sound borders on magically beautiful."

The Bronze model is using a Replicant 100 stylus and a conical aluminium cantilever. The coil wire is the famous Ortofon Aucurum wire, which is gold plated 6NX copper wire. A Field Stabilizing Element, FSE, is used for optimal linearity especially during complex crescendo passages. Cadenza Bronze is a true high-end reference cartridge, conveying music with supreme precision, impact and dynamics. Its stereo imaging capabilities illuminate the farthest corners of the soundstage in all three dimensions.

Technical Data

Output voltage at 1 kHz 5cm/sec - 500µV

Channel balance - < 1.2 dB

Channel separation at 1 kHz - >23 dB

Channel separation at 15 kHz - >15 dB

Frequency range at -3 dB - 20 Hz - 55 kHz

Frequency response 20 Hz - 20 kHz - ±1.5

Tracking ability at 315 Hz at recommended tracking force *) - 80µm

Compliance, dynamic, lateral - 12 µm/mN

Stylus type - Nude Ortofon Replicant

Cantilever - Conical aluminium

Stylus tip radius - r/R 5/100

Tracking force range - 2.2 - 2.7g ( 22 - 27 mN )

Tracking force recommended - 2.5g ( 25 mN )

Tracking angle - 23°

Internal impedance, DC resistance - 5 Ohm

Recommended load impedance - 50 - 200 Ohm

Cartridge body material - Stainless steel / Aluminium

Cartridge colour - Bronze / Black

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