Ortofon Quintet Black S MC Moving Coil Cartridge

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Ortofon Quintet Black S MC Moving Coil Cartridge
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New 2016 Version with Sapphire Cantilever & Shibata Stylus

 

We are pleased to release the new MC Quintet Black S model graced with Shibata stylus on the Sapphire cantilever. Sapphire is one of the best cantilever options and provides an excellent mechanical pulse transfer from the stylus to the coil system. The Quintet Black S provides detailed and pure reproduction though-out the spectrum, volume and soundstage

Still, at the end of the day perhaps the greatest tribute I can pay the Quintet Black is that I haven’t felt the urge to quickly return to one of my pricey reference cartridges. I don’t need to tell you that for this analog junkie, that’s really saying something - TheAbsoluteSound 2014

 
The Quintet is recommended without reservation.  Michael Fremmer - Analogue Planet
The Quintet Black is something of an audiophile bargain HIFI World
 

The Quintet Black is the best example of Quintet’s overall excellence.

Interestingly, the Quintet shares the far more expensive Windfeld's tonal and textural superiority with its less than fully expressive macro dynamics. In my opinion I'm happy to give up some dynamic capabilities in exchange for near tonal perfection especially at $999.00. Just remember that with its .3mV output you need a quiet phono preamp capable of at least 53dB gain. Feeding an MC stage with those capabilities the Ortofon Quintet is an all around great performer for all musical genres. $999 is not chump change but if that's your budget and your phono preamp can do it justice and your tone arm's VTA/SRA is adjustable to optimize the Shibata stylus, the Quintet is recommended without reservation.- Michael Fremer Stereophile Nov 2014  

The Quintet Black is graced with a Nude Shibata diamond, considered one of the best stylus profiles available, mounted on a high-performance Boron cantilever. The Shibata’s slim, highly polished profile allows an exceedingly wide contact area to the walls of the groove and ensures detailed and pure reproduction thoughout the spectrum, including even the most high frequency groove information.

 

The Quintet Black will be unfettered by musical genre and will give the closest approach within the Quintet series to Ortofon’s true accuracy in sound.

Ortofon Quintet Black is the Best of Everything the Series Offers: Cartridge True to the Groove, With Precise Resolution and Insight Into Every LP

Plays Back Any Type of Music With Extraordinary Detail and Coloration-Free Reproduction: Ortofon Quintet Black is a Music Lover's Cartridge
 
If you are looking for a MC cartridge that unravels large amounts of transient, harmonic and spatial detail without being overly analytical and one that is "fast" without moving so fast it misses the textures, then the Ortofon Quintet is a great good choice to consider. It's especially neutral tonally, with a rich but not overly rich midrange component—contrary to the bad rap MC cartridges get in some quarters for being "thin and overly analytical". The Quintet is neither.
 
Its reproduction of the piano is particularly impressive capturing well the initial transient without metallic overlay, and the sounding board sustain and generous decay—all aided by excellent tracking and of course with the Shibata stylus tracing as well. I pulled out the Volto Incitare LP reviewed here recently and can confirm that the Quintet can do justice to edgy electric guitar transients and it was equally good on the drum kit's kick, snare and especially cymbals.
 
Interestingly, the Quintet shares the far more expensive Windfeld's tonal and textural superiority with its less than fully expressive macro dynamics. In my opinion I'm happy to give up some dynamic capabilities in exchange for near tonal perfection especially at $999.00. Just remember that with its .3mV output you need a quiet phono preamp capable of at least 53dB gain. Feeding an MC stage with those capabilities the Ortofon Quintet is an all around great performer for all musical genres. $999 is not chump change but if that's your budget and your phono preamp can do it justice and your tone arm's VTA/SRA is adjustable to optimize the Shibata stylus, the Quintet is recommended without reservation.  Michael Fremmer - Analogue Planet Review Quote MC Quintet Black Hi-Fi World

Hi-Fi World 5 Globes

 

"The Quintet Black is something of an audiophile bargain. It seemed to deal with any type of music that I played through it with decorum and an air of quality..."

"It is a very good cartridge that will be a welcome addition to any hi-fi system."

"Very well mannered, but springhtly sounding cartridge...Very smooth midband and treble. Excellent surface noise control. Fast and fluid bass sound."

Technical data

 

 
Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec. 0.3 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz < 1.0 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz > 23 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz > 15 dB
Frequency range at - 3dB 20 - 25.000 Hz
Frequency response 20-20.000 Hz +/- 1.5 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force *) 80 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral 15 µm/mN
Stylus type Nude Shibata on Boron cantilever
Stylus tip radius r/R 6/50 µm
Tracking force range 2.1-2.5 g (21-25 mN)  
Tracking force, recommended 2.3 g (23 mN)
Tracking angle 20°
Internal impedance, DC resistance 5 Ohm
Recommended load impedance > 20 Ohm
Cartridge body material ABS/Aluminium
Coil wire material Aucurum 
Cartridge colour Black
Cartridge weight 9 g
 
A pickup for those who wants to know all about musicality emphasis. 79/100 Sound - Stereoplay
 
Because every note is in place, each instrument, each voice is outlined exactly  81/100 Sound - Stereo
 
Recommendation: audiophile sound" 90/100 Sound - Audio 
 
The Quintet Black is graced with a Nude Shibata diamond, considered one of the best stylus profiles available, mounted on a high-performance Boron cantilever. The Shibata’s slim, highly polished profile allows an exceedingly wide contact area to the walls of the groove and ensures detailed and pure reproduction through out the spectrum, including even the most high frequency groove details.
 
The Quintet Black is unfettered by musical genre and will give the closest approach within the Quintet series to Ortofon’s true accuracy in sound.
 
The MC Quintet Series is congruent with Ortofon’s unrelenting commitment to providing the most precise and accurate reproduction possible without colouration.
 
A special ABS (Acrylonitrile/Butadiene/Styrene) thermoplastic material is used for manufacturing of the body. This light-weight, impact resistant material is very suitable for injection-moulding and provides a very durable scratch resistant surface.
Neodymium magnets are implemented to achieve an optimal output.
Low internal impedance makes the cartridge less sensitive to load and therefore ensures compatibility with the widest range of preamps and transformers.

Ortofon: 'Accuracy in Sound'

Ortofon is the world’s oldest and most experienced manufacturer of hi-fi pick-up cartridges. From humble beginnings in 1918, Ortofon is now a prolific winner of various international awards, and consistently well reviewed by the international press with every new product. Their core principles of responsibly sourced high-end materials, meticulous design and production processes, pristine working conditions and superlative attention to detail are evident in every single product they make.
 
From the introductory moving magnet OM and 2M models, through the Vivo, Rondo and Cadenza Moving Coil series, all the way up to the high-end MC Windfeld, Xpression and brand new MC Anna cartridges, Ortofon are devoted to offering true ‘accuracy in sound’. They also commit to supporting long-time customers by continuing to run replacement styli many years after an original cartridge has been discontinued, and for Moving Coil customers they also run an attractive Exchange Program .
 
Nothing demonstrates Ortofon's long-standing resilience more than its commitment to the refinement of analogue sound quality and its continued development of new cartridge models. Since 1948 Ortofon have introduced about 100 different moving coil models, with their latest being the Quintet Series.
Ortofon believe the cartridges in this new series are more than worthy successors to the long line of models that have made Ortofon the global leader in the manufacturing and supplying of phono cartridges.
 
Ortofon Quintet Black MC Moving Coil Cartridge

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