Ortofon Moving Coil phono cartridges

Nothing demonstrates Ortofon's long-standing resilience more than its commitment to the refinement of analogue sound quality and its continued development of new cartridge's models.

Setting the bar high for the cartridges

Nothing demonstrates Ortofon's long-standing resilience more than its commitment to the refinement of analogue sound quality and its continued development of new cartridge's models.

The first Ortofon cartridge, the MC Mono-A cartridge was developed by Holger Christian Arenstein in 1948. In 1958 the first SPU - Stereo Pick Up came to the market.

Since 1948 Ortofon has introduced about 100 different Moving Coil models, with our latest being the MC A95.

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Lightweight model MC 20

A new MC lightweight model, MC 20, was introduced in 1977 and two years later the MC 20 MK II came. The MC 20 MK II became the first cartridge to be implemented with the patented Wide Range Damping System which insured very high tracking ability. Both models were awarded by the Japanese Grand Prix Committee.

Since the 80s, the development of Moving Coil cartridges became highly influenced by major technological progresses with regard to materials and processing technology.

Very strong magnetic materials like Samarium Cobalt and Neodymium almost decimated sizes of magnetic circuits and even increased cartridge output data at the same time. New thin cantilever rods made from very hard Sapphire, Boron and Ruby mounted with exceptional new diamonds profiles were implemented as well as extremely pure Japanese copper and silver wires for MC-coils.

New processing technology

Processing technology for molding complex structures in either ceramic or pure metals, based on  the special Metal Injection Molding process, created completely new design possibilities and has successively been introduced by Ortofon suppliers in either ceramic, stainless steel or pure iron parts.

In 2004 Ortofon started using a wood-powder resin material for new SPU-G housings as well as for the Rondo models.

Contrary to other types of phono catridges, the moving coil principle is not suited for mass production. Each of the four coils contains between 11 and 24 turns of wire, depending on model, and has to be wound by hand under a microscope.

The high degree of craftsmanship involved is one of the "secrets" behind Ortofon's reputation.

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We preserve our heritage by continuously investing in technology and product development

In 2008 Ortofon introduced two completely new anniversary models that were designed in cooperation with the Danish Technological Institute.

The SPU 90th Anniversary and MC A90 phono cartridges were thought as a celebration of a significant milestone in the Ortofon history and was the result of a research spanning the Ortofon technological heritage and the emergence of new manufacturing technology called Selective Laser (Rapid) Manufacturing.

This specifically product related SLM technique is also applied to the Xpression, MC Anna, SPU A95 and MC A95 phono cartridges.

Ortofon has a long history and a rich heritage, but the most important point is to have something to offer today’s consumer. It is our philosophy that even a traditional product can benefit greatly from new technology and industrial competences.