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Ortofon MC 20 Super re-introduction

The classic cartridge, which was first introduced 35 years ago, has been recognized as one of the first MC-cartridges that combined a relatively high compliance with a smooth, and yet extended frequency response.

The MC 20 Super of 2010 anno supplied mounted on a high-quality adjustable aluminum headshell. The supplied headshell will allow a correct alignment on the Ortofon tonearm series with standard headshell connector. The MC 20 Super can also be used on most tonearms with fixed headshell.

   - Acclaimed Nude FG-70 stylus on aluminium cantilever
   - Wide Range Damping (WRD)
   - High rigidity extruded aluminium construction plus aluminium cover/housing

MC 20 Super Technical data

Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec.  -   0,25 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz  -   < 1,0 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz  -   > 25 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz  -   > 15 dB
Frequency range at - 3dB  -   20-25.000 Hz
Frequency response  -   20-20.000 Hz ± 2 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force  -   > 80 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral   -  15 µm/mN
Stylus type  -   Nude FG-70
Stylus tip radius  -   r/R 6/70 µm

Tracking force range  -   1,6-2,0 g (16-20 mN)
Tracking force, recommended   -  1,8 g (18 mN)
Tracking angle  -   20°
Internal impedance, DC resistance  -   5 Ohm
Recommended load impedance  -   > 10 Ohm
Cartridge body material  -   Aluminium
Cartridge colour  -   Gold
Cartridge weight   -  9 g
Headshell weight   -   10g


Review quote MC 20 Super

ToneAudioMagazine May 2011
Reviewed by Jerold O Brien

The Return of a Classic

"... The full width and depth of the concert hall was revealed to scale, revealing extremely accurate string sound with no artificial or annoying artifacts; a tough hurdle to jump even with the best cartridges...
...The realistic swell and ebb of the dynamic peaks on this record is tough to track all the way through, yet posed no problem for the MC 20 Super...
...I am definitely adding this one to my cartridge collection. Highly recommended."