Ortofon has always been a leading company in the field of sound reproduction. Founded in Copenhagen in 1918, Ortofon started by creating technology which served as the basis for adding a soundtrack to the silent movies of the early 1920s.
In 1948, the company developed the first moving coil cartridge, and since then Ortofon has developed and manufactured more than 300 different cartridges.
In 1979 the famous Concorde design was introduced, earning the company a Danish Industrial Design Award for its Low Mass Concorde integrated cartridge/headshell configuration.
In the mid-1980s, the original Concorde cartridges changed the landscape of vinyl DJing, and Ortofon began to develop and manufacture DJ cartridges for Club, Hip-hop and Scratch application. Throughout the years Ortofon has continuously refined the Concorde brand by offering more than a dozen different models to the DJ market.
In 2015 Ortofon embarked on a mission to take the Concorde design back to ground zero, collaborating with some of the world’s top vinyl DJs to create a new series which would fulfill the needs of the modern DJ professional.
In October 2018 Ortofon celebrated a century of business in audio industry. Reaching 100 years is an accomplishment that Ortofon has celebrated announcing THE CONCORDE MkII GENERATION - redesigned Concorde models, tailored uniquely to the demands of modern turntable DJs.
In 2020 the Concorde CUSTOM LAB was launched. The Concorde CUSTOM LAB offers our customers dozens of possibilities for designing thier own unique Concorde model by chosing the components' colors, e.g. the type of the connector, the color of the fingerlift and the bottom plate.
And to crown it all, personalize the design with their own logo.
In October 2020 the new Ortofon VNL cartridge is launched. The new VNL model tailored uniquely to the unrelenting demands of modern turntablists and portablists. The VNL provides excellent compatibility when used in an assortment of playback systems, ensuring it stays in the groove under the most demanding conditions.
This is the result of combining design with technology and the highest level of engineering in the audio industry. Acoustics, materials technology and micro mechanics are key competences in Ortofon´s technological prowess.
Ortofon has its research and manufacturing facilities in Denmark; the production of cartridges and components is carried out at the company's factory in Nakskov, Denmark.
Ortofon is today recognized among consumers and industry professionals as a quality brand.
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