Review quotes and Awards:
The MC Anna Diamond
February 23, 2021
"...The Anna brings out every nuance in exceptional detail without sounding remotely abrasive or hard, atop a beautiful rendering of the toms and cymbals, especially. This cartridge is particularly good at capturing dynamic shadings. Same with the saxophones: all the detail right down to the mouthpiece buzz. As with most Blue Notes, the cymbals are slightly dry and there may be a hair of roll-off, but that won’t bother all the listeners at your next birthday party. Just let it play.
Once again, the soundstage was wide with an almost holographic recreation of the instruments. There was tangible space and air surrounding each instrument while the entire ensemble was surrounded by the acoustic of the venue. Depth was good. With the right source material, this cartridge excels at creating dense three-dimensional images..."
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HiFi Choice, May 2020
Diamonds are foreever
"...In short, the MC Anna Diamond excels in pretty much every respect...
...As Ortofon’s flagship moving-coil offering, the MC Anna Diamond has plenty to live up to and it’s far from cheap. However, it effortlessly shatters all expectations with a performance that is among the very best that we’ve heard. From its stunning design and impeccable engineering to the way that it drags even the dullest recordings into sharp relief, this is a very special pick-up indeed. Proof if ever it were required that when done properly, vinyl can sound simply heavenly."
HiFi News, November 2019
HiFi News Outstanding product 2019
...Almost supernatural soundstaging is at the root of its appeal...
"...Possessing a sound that can take your breath away, this beautifully engineered and built special MC cartridge can lay claim to being one of the best cartridges ever made..."
Stereophile.com, September 2019
By Michael Fremer
...Spectacular sonic performance
"...From top to bottom, the Anna D is as tonally ... balanced and neutral-sounding as any I’ve heard... And, where appropriate, it can sound warm, sweet, and fully fleshed out harmonically...
...The MC Anna Diamond is a cartridge for all musical genres. Its frequency balance is as neutral as I’ve heard. Its dynamic expression at the micro and macro levels (and in between) left nothing on the table, and its response at the frequency extremes was fully articulated. It could be raunchy when required, or silky smooth and refined. It never left me wishing for more or less of anything, whether I was playing symphonic music, small jazz combos, female vocals, or ’90s-era grunge...
...There are 10-carat pretenders and 10-carat stars. The MC Anna Diamond is a star. "
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HiFi News, September 2019
Review: David Price Lab: Paul Miller
With its sintered titanium body, rare earth magnets, exquisite stylus and now a diamond cantilever, Ortofon’s latest MC Anna is the very model of a high-tech flagship moving-coil.
"...this is one of the very best moving-coil cartridges I have ever heard.
...In essence, this cartridge excels at everything. There’s nothing that any sane analogue addict could criticise it for – except perhaps a slight lack of romance, of artificial coloration and maybe even an airof mystery. For me personally, that’s not so much a criticism as an observation...
...The MC Anna... does not attempt to add or subtract when it comes to what’s in the record groove, preferring instead to communicate without fear or favour...
...It has mesmerising imaging abilities, sublime clarity and insight, not to mention a superb sense of a recording’s dynamics...
...To my ears, the most profound gift of this cartridge is its almost supernatural
stereo soundstaging.This is at the root of the MC Anna Diamond’s appeal as it frames every recording beautifully...
...Explosive dynamics were another huge attraction. This pick-up’s ability to trace the difference between, say, a gently brushed snare drum and one struck with the full force of a stick is superb...
... the MC Anna Diamond can ferret out all the ‘gaps’ in the music with great skill. The loud bits go seriously loud, while the quiet bits fall eerily silent. This quality ensures that even light, relatively easy-listening material sounds highly animated and emotionally engaging.
...Beautifully engineered and built and possessing a sound that can take your breath away, this seriously special design can lay claim to being one of the best cartridges ever made..."