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Concorde ELITE Single


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The Concorde ELITE is a premium Moving Magnet cartridge, based on the legacy of the Ortofon Concorde MkII Series. Owing to the number of components' upgrades, the ELITE achieves a new level of sound quality, not previously found in the DJ categorized cartridges.



Created with passion, high technology, and close attention to detail, every feature of the Concorde ELITE brings you a limitless experience with the music you love.

The Concorde Elite features a new, special-molded stylus body with real gold plating, which adds luxury to the famous Concorde design. Encased by the gold is a Nude Elliptical diamond mounted on a rigid Aluminum cantilever. The Nude Elliptical diamond stylus, normally used in HiFi cartridges, delivers a sound so powerful and detailed, that you will experience a remarkable level of live performance. The addition of a Nude Elliptical diamond allows a smaller moving mass, which guarantees an improved and detailed sound quality. The slim profile of the Nude Elliptical diamond makes it able to follow the groove oscillations more accurately, extract more intricate details and track even the highest frequency information.

NB: Nude Elliptical stylus is for listening, not for heavy back-cueing and scratching. 

Elite x 2

The Cantilever and Coil System

The cantilever needs to accommodate the perfect compromise between lightweight and high strength, which requires great ingenuity in the design, as well as the choice of the materials.

The properties of the Rigid 750 µm Aluminum-Magnesium cantilever, exclusively developed for the Concorde ELITE, ensure that the stylus picks up the groove vibrations with a stable and accurate trace performance and provides the ideal interface between the stylus and armature.

In the armature, you’ll find a specially developed Coil System transmitting the diamond’s movements to deliver an optimized output. The unique Coil System provides the ELITE with a powerful, full-bodied sound of high quality and high output.



Rubber suspension

To ensure superior tracking performance, a new Rubber Suspension has been developed. The new rubber compound formula has been developed uniquely for the Concorde ELITE to attain the desired characteristics for an extraordinary performance of the cartridge. The richer, fuller sound conveys the music in the most lifelike manner while paying close attention to damping of excess brightness.

Musically, the Concorde ELITE exceeds the scale of the Concorde Series!

View the Concorde ELITE brochure

Concorde Elite technical data

  • Stylus Type Nude Elliptical
  • Tracking Force 3.0 g
  • Output Voltage 8.5 mV
  • Frequency Range 20-20.000 Hz

Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec. - 8,5 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz - 1 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz - 25 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz - 15 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force - 100 μm
Compliance, dynamic lateral - 13 μm/mN
Stylus type - Nude Elliptical
Stylus tip radius - r/R 8/18 μm
Tracking force range 2.0-4.0 g
Tracking force recommended - 3.0 g
Tracking angle - 20°

Internal impedance, DC resistance - 1.2 kOhm
Internal inductance - 800 mH
Recommended load resistance - 47 kOhm
Recommended load capacitance - 150-400 pF
Cartridge weight excluding screws - 18.5 g
Cartridge colour (body/stylus) - Black/Gold
Replacement stylus unit - ELITE 

For information about set-up and alignment, stylus care and lifetime, break-in time, troubleshooting check out our DJ FAQ.


Review quote

Analog Planet
Dec 2022
By Ken Micallef

Ortofon's Concorde Elite Moving-Magnet Cartridge Delivers a Performance Worthy of Its Storied Pedigree

"...the Elite held its own, record after record, its warm tone, big sound, popping dynamics, and charged soundstage delivering the drama and personality of every LP I played with it.

...the Ortofon Concorde Elite MM cartridge is truly worthy of your listening time and attention.

Read the full review in here

DJ City
November 2022
By Mojaxx

"...I can say for sure that the level of detail coming from the Elite did outshine everything else I tried...

... Of course, Elliptical, as opposed to Spherical styli, is never a good idea for scratching (…) but it does track very well, certainly as well as the CLUB.

... They (The Concorde Elite, Red.) are the best-sounding DJ cartridges I've ever used. 

... it (the Concorde Elite, red.) has a lot of audiophile technology: the design, the build, the craftsmanship. It does feel a lot like a Hi-Fi product in many ways. But here's the crucial thing: it is still a DJ cartridge (...) it (the Concorde Elite, red.) tracks at three grams, and it tracks very, very well. (...) it has a loud output; you will be able to balance it with media players and digital sources when you're in the mix. (...) for me, that's what makes the Elite an absolute winner..."

Whatch the full review in German here 30.09.2022
5 stars to the Ortofon Concorde ELITE
By Mijk van Dijk 

"...For lovers of the Concorde design with high audiophile standards, however, the Elite is currently the ultimate in music.
...The deep cutout makes the needle tip easy to see from above, and the gold cove allows the exact finding of the desired groove. And yes: the part simply looks very classy.

...Especially with digital vinyl systems, the software needs a stable signal to interpret the timecode. Here the Elite only shrugs its shoulders and delivers ideally at the first go.

...Another essential application for high-quality cartridges is the digitization of records, either to record them for use in Traktor, Serato, Rekordbox & Co. or to sample sounds for music production. Here I see the Concorde Elite MKII also quite far ahead.

...I've never had a more luxurious-looking cartridge in my hands (...) And the sound is first class anyway.

...a system is only as good as its weakest link. And the Concorde Elite MKII is undoubtedly not that in any scenario."

Read the full review in German here 03.11.2022
By Johann Boll 

"...Without question, this system represents the absolute upper league of phono cartridge systems that have been and are being produced for the DJ market. 

...The Elite, however, simply opens the already open door a bit more. The sound is even more precise and clearer in the mids and highs. Overall, you feel that the sound flows smoothly through these frequency ranges. The overall picture of the Ortofon Concorde MKII Elite is coherent, even more than the Club, and plays quite relaxed on the level of the Ortofon 2M Red or Blue.

...the Elite's elegant design meets both hi-fi demands and DJ suitability.

...the Elite seems more dynamic than the Concorde MKII Club and is, therefore, very pleasing.

...In terms of sound, the Ortofon Concorde MKII Elite is without question convincing and plays on the same level as competitors of comparable prices in the hi-fi sector.

...I'm very resistant to giving the system back because it really does sound quite outstanding. For those who are generally prepared to spend such an amount and who, like many of us, come from the DJ sector, the system should definitely be on the shortlist."

Read the full review in German here 



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