Ortofon Cadenza Red MC Phono Cartridge
December 6, 2018
Ortofon Cadenza Mono MC Phono Cartridge
December 6, 2018

Ortofon Cadenza Black MC Phono Cartridge


Nude Shibata, 0.33 mV output

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At Ortofon we constantly look 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 develop 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. We believe that our faithful and new customers will enjoy the playback of their precious analogue records even more now.

A little background info…

Cadenza (from Italian: meaning cadence) refers to a portion of a concerto in which the orchestra stops playing, leaving the soloist to play alone in free time, without a strict, regular pulse. A cadenza can be written or improvised. It’s usually the most elaborate and virtuosic part that the solo instrument plays during the whole piece. At the end of the cadenza, the orchestra re-enters, and generally finishes off the movement. During the 19th century, composers began to write cadenzas out in full. Others wrote cadenzas for works, where the composer had intended for the solo to be improvised, in order for the soloist to have a well formed solo that they could practice in advance. Some of these have become so widely played and sung that they are effectively a part of the standard repertoire.

Cadenza Black Details

The Black model is using a Nude Shibata stylus with a boron cantilever. The effective mass of the stylus/cantilever system is extremely low by using a very thin boron rod. This material is extremely stiff and even more lightweight compared to aluminium. It also uses the WRD (Wide Range Damping-system), controlling the high and low frequency damping separately. Cadenza Black is optimized for an amazing tonal neutrality, dynamics and purity of sound. It is high performing on areas like detail, consistency and sound staging.




  • 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
  • Cartridge weight – 10,7 gram