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Ortofon Cadenza Black Moving Coil Cartridge

Class Leading Dynamic and Tonal Neutrality

The Cadenza Black model uses a Nude Shibata stylus with a boron cantilever. The effective mass of the stylus/cantilever system is extremely low due to the use of a very thin boron rod. This material is extremely stiff and even more lightweight than aluminium.

The Black model also uses the WRD (Wide Range Damping-system), borrowed from the MC Windfeld, MC A95, MC Anna, Xpression), controlling the high and low frequency damping separately.

The coil wire is the famous Ortofon Aucurum wire, which is a gold plated 6NX copper wire.

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.

WRD System:

The Wide Range Damping (WRD) System is an impressive component devised previously only for the special edition cartridge models – such as MCA 90 or MC Windfeld. The way it works is that a small, heavy disc of exotic metal is clamped between two rubber absorbers with different properties. This makes sure that the tracking performance is maintained simultaneously with the perfect damping in the whole frequency range, with the effect that distortion and resonance are avoided.

The WRD system, which was originally introduced in the MC 20 Mk II in 1979 and was also used in the MC Jubilee and many of Ortofon’s other top-class cartridges, is one contributory reason why the Cadenza Black can cover such a wide frequency range, and achieve an impressive 90µm tracking ability at the recommended tracking force.

Features and Benefits

Exceptional price performance for price

Wide Range Damping System as used in the MC Anna and MC A95

Wide range damping body with zero resonance cartridge body

Optimised for tonal neutrality and dynamics

Ortofon Nude Shibata diamond stylus and Boron Cantilever

Detailed Specifications:

Output Voltage (at 1kHz, 5cm/sec): 330μV

Channel Balance at 1kHz: < 0.8dB

Channel Separation at 1kHz: > 27dB

Channel Separation at 15kHz: > 20dB

Frequency Range (at -3dB): 20 Hz – 60 kHz

Frequency Response 20Hz – 20kHz: +1.5 / 0

Tracking Ability at 315Hz: Typically 90μm

Compliance, Dynamic, Lateral: 16μm / mN

Stylus Type: Nude Shibata

Cantilever: Boron

Stylus Tip Radius r / R: 6 / 50μm

Tracking Force Range: 2.0 – 2.5g (20 –

Recommended Tracking Force: 2.3g (23mN)

Tracking Angle: 20º

Internal Impedance / DC Resistance: 

Recommended Load Impedance: > 10Ω

Cartridge Body Material: Stainless Steel Aluminium

Cartridge Colour: Black / Black

Cartridge Weight: 10.7g


Documentation to be added soon . . .