Ortofon MC Quintet Blue

Ortofon – MC Quintet Blue

$650.00

The Quintet Blue is a very homogeneous cartridge.

The Quintet Blue’s sound image will tend to more smooth reproduction compared to Quintet Red and moderate dynamic strength compared to Quintet Bronze. It features a Nude Elliptical diamond mounted on an aluminium cantilever.

The Quintet Blue will bring more space, depth and detail into the sound and is a very good choice for any kind of music, especially rhythmic.

The ST-7 transformer is a perfect match for the MC Quintet Red cartridge.

LH-4000 headshell is specially recommended for MC Quintet cartridges series.

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Product Description

MC Quintet Blue Technical data

  • Output voltage at 1 kHz 5 cm/sec – 0.5 mV
  • Channel balance – < 1.5 dB
  • Channel separation at 1 kHz – > 21 dB
  • Channel separation at 15 kHz – > 14 dB
  • Frequency range at -3 dB – 20-25.000 Hz
  • Frequency response 20-20.000 Hz – +/-2.5 dB
  • Tracking ability at 315 Hz at recommended tracking force *) – 70 μm
  • Compliance, dynamic, lateral – 15 μm/mN
  • Stylus type – Nude Elliptical
  • Stylus tip radius – r/R 8/18 μm
  • Tracking force range – 2.1-2.5 g (21-25 mN)
  • Tracking force recommended – 2.3 g (23 mN)
  • Tracking angle – 20º
  • Internal impedance, DC resistance – 7 Ohm
  • Recommended load impedance – >20 Ohm
  • Cartridge body material – ABS/Aluminium
  • Coil wire material – Pure 4-nines copper
  • Cartridge colour – Blue
  • Cartridge weight – 9 g

*) Typical value

MC Quintet Blue accessories included the package

  • 1 x Stylus brush
  • 1 x Screwdriver
  • 1 x Stylus pressure gauge/Scale
  • 2 x Screw M2,5 x 5

Reviews

The Quintet Blue has few faults, particularly at its price point. It plays relatively neutral, without obvious colorations or frequency dips, and strikes a good balance between musical and analytical. While it’s not the last word in resolving power, it is detailed, dynamic and casts a three-dimension soundstage.

Its weaknesses are apparent only when compared to more expensive cartridges. Happily, I have been listening to the Quintet Blue for several months and it continues to be a satisfying performer. Highly recommended!

TNT Audio (October, 2015)