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Ortofon MC A95 Moving Coil Cartridge

State of the Art Moving Coil Design

With the MC A95, Ortofon has raised the bar for its predecessor, the MC A90. The MC A95 not only celebrates the past 95 years of Ortofon, first and foremost it also makes history by significantly raising the standards by which sound reproduction is measured, making it a celebration of sound itself.

The new Ortofon MC A95 has gone to the next level by reducing unwanted vibrations and increasing the dynamic capability of the cartridge. Ortofons extensive knowledge of vibration properties, characteristics in different shapes and materials, competences in magnetism, mechanical design and new technologies has been applied for optimization of the MC A95.

Those who choose to adopt the MC A95 will experience the lifelike, open sound, with exceedingly clear midrange for a presentation that is unparalleled. The MC A95 remains extremely musical while paying close attention to micro dynamic details, with its delicate, but also analytical nature.

Lovers of music will take note of a truly organic and encapsulating experience which transcends the boundaries of recording and undeniably blurs the distinction between what is live and what is recorded.

Flexibility and performance with a range of compatibility:

With optimal weight and compliance to suit the vast majority of modern tonearms, the MC A95 is easily compatible with a seemingly endless array of modern contemporary high-end turntable equipment.

Low internal impedance makes the MC A95 less sensitive to load and therefore ensures compatibility with Ortofon ST-80 SE transformer, as well as with the widest range of preamps and transformers.

By combining the utilization of the SLM process, our patented WRD system and zero-resonance spikes, we are confident that the perfect mechanical integration of this cartridge with your tonearm will result in a significant and breathtaking increase in dynamics, resolution, and richness in detail.

Benefits of high-end materials and advancements in technology:

The housing of the cartridge is made of Titanium, using our famedSLM manufacturing technique which was pioneered by Ortofon during the manufacturing of the MC A90, Xpression, SPU A90, MC Anna and SPU A95 cartridges.

Considered an engineering breakthrough, the Selective Laser Melting process welds fine particles of Titanium together, layer-by-layer, to construct a single piece body devoid of extraneous material. This technique allows for precise control of the density of the body material, allowing for extremely high internal damping. The final result provides freedom over vibrations within the cartridge body material. The use of Titanium has provided a further improvement to the internal damping capabilities as well as to the overall rigidity of the structure.

Neodymium magnet with special armature and FSE:

The magnet system is based on an extremely strong, compact neodymium magnet, which makes the generator system both compact and lighter through its minimal dimensions.

Inspired by the elements of MC Anna design, the MC A95 makes use of a specially designed armature comprised of a metal alloy which is much less magnetic than normal iron. This provides noteworthy benefit to the dynamic capabilities of the cartridge. The reason for this is that our high-tech armature has almost no influence on the magnetic field during movement. Hence when combined with the Aucurum coils of gold-plated 6NX oxygen free copper, it delivers perfect reproduction of the cantilever movements without compromise.  Any trace of remaining magnetic influences that would create distortion is prevented by the use of a Field Stabilizing Element (FSE).

Ortofon’s Field Stabilizing Element, a small cylinder of conductive material strategically placed inside the magnet system, guarantees that the force field remains stable regardless of the movement of the armature. FSE improves the channel separation, while at the same time minimizing dynamic distortion and intermodulation.

The result: fantastic dynamics and even more elbow room between the musicians. You simply experience more drama and greater breadth, height and depth in the sound scenario.

Enhanced damping capabilities:

WRD Damping systemAdding to the list of important components is Ortofon’s Wide Range Damping (WRD) system. In this system, a small, heavy platinum disc is sandwiched between two rubber absorbers, both with different properties. This ensures not only an exceptional tracking performance, but also creates a perfect damping through the entire frequency spectrum. Because of this, distortion and resonance are virtually eliminated entirely.

The WRD system, which was originally introduced in the MC 20 Mk II in 1979 and was also used in the MC A90, MC Windfeld, Xpression and MC Anna cartridges, is one significant reason why the MC A95, while achieving the most linear frequency response and the highest upper frequency limit ever, at the same time tracks a fantastic 90 μm at a vertical tracking force of 2.3 grams.

Extremely high-end materials benefit new coil technology:

Using Ortofon’s Aucurum coils of gold-plated, 6NX oxygen free copper allows for zero-loss transmission of the diamond’s movements via its boron cantilever. This combination, which has also been employed for use in the MC Windfeld and MC A90 cartridges, combines low moving mass with an extremely high degree of rigidity.

A specially designed armature is used to achieve extreme precision in each coil turn in all layers. This enables the MC A95 to achieve a higher degree of channel separation, while simultaneously offering lower distortion and better channel balance. The armature is made in a metal alloy which is much less magnetic than normal iron, which boosts the dynamic capability of the cartridge.

Coil wire protection has been constructed from our special high damping proprietary TPE (Thermo-Plastic Elastomer) material, which enhances the total damping properties of the cartridge.

Features and Benefits

The most technologically advanced cartridge ever produced by Ortofon

Extremely high-end materials benefit new coil technology

Enhanced damping capabilities with zero resonance cartridge body

Neodymium magnet with special armature and FSE

Ortofon Replicant 100 – the finest diamond in the world


Detailed Specifications:

Output Voltage (at 1kHz, 5cm/sec): 0.2mV

Channel Balance at 1kHz: < 0.5dB

Channel Separation at 1kHz: > 25dB

Channel Separation at 15kHz: > 22dB

Frequency Range (at -3dB): 10 Hz – 50 kHz

Frequency Response 20Hz – 20kHz: +2 / -1dB

Tracking Ability at 315Hz: Typically 90μm

Compliance, Dynamic, Lateral: 13μm / mN

Stylus Type: Specially Polished Nude Ortofon Replicant 100

Cantilever: Boron

Stylus Tip: Radius r / R: 5 / 100μm

Tracking Force Range: 2.0 – 2.5g (20 – 25mN)

Recommended Tracking Force: 2.3g (23mN)

Tracking Angle: 23º

Internal Impedance / DC Resistance: 7Ω

Recommended Load Imedance: >10Ω

Coil Wire Material: Aucurum

Cartridge Body Material: SLIM Titanium

Cartridge Weight: 6g


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