The Ortofon Exclusives series of our highest-performing Moving Coil cartridges has now been expanded to include a new premier model - the MC Anna Diamond.


The MC Anna Diamond model represents the highest echelon of Moving Coil cartridges.
As its name suggests, the MC Anna Diamond uses a Diamond cantilever that in combination with Ortofon Replicant 100 diamond offers extreme transparency, speed and responsiveness beyond that of any other combination.
This state of the art product, representative of numerous Ortofon design elements and ideas, is truly exemplary of the highest degree of performance possible in contemporary analogue playback technology.

The MC Anna Diamond Technical data

Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec.  -  0.2 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz  -  0.5 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz  -  25 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz  -  22 dB
Frequency response  -  20 Hz - 20 kHz +/- 1.5 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force  -  80 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral  -  9 µm/mN
Stylus type  -  Special polished Nude Ortofon Replicant 100 on Diamond Cantilever
Stylus tip radius  -  r/R 5/100 µm
Tracking force, recommended  -  2.4 g (24 mN)
Tracking angle  -  23°
Internal impedance, DC resistance  -  6 Ohm
Recommended load impedance    > 10 Ohm

Cartridge body material  -  SLM Titanium
Cartridge colour  -  Silver/Black
Cartridge weight  -  16 gram

LW-800S leadwires enclosed the package.

Please read about stylus lifetime and our recommendations for stylus care on our FAQ  https://www.ortofon.com/support/support-hifi/faq-installation.

Download the MC Anna Diamond brochure

Download the MC Anna Diamond userguide

 

Review quote MC Anna Diamond

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..."

 

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The MC Anna Diamond design elements

• The housing and the body of the cartridge are made in Titanium with the Selective Laser Melting technique
High-performance iron-cobalt alloy is applied for select parts of the magnet system.
The Wide-Range armature damping system provides complete elimination of unwanted resonance.
The Ortofon Replicant 100 diamond, thin and light, with an extraordinarily large contact surface, provides tracing accuracy unparalleled by any other needle in existence.
 The use of Diamond cantilever in the MC Anna Diamond has prompted a paradigm shift in our understanding of analogue reproduction. The improvements found in the use of a Diamond cantilever have redefined the boundaries of analog reproduction, presenting greater inner detail, subtlety, and depth like never before.

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High-end materials and benefits of technology

The MC Anna Diamond employs a greater degree of control over vibrations by a way of a newly-improved Wide-Range armature damping system. By extending the armature beyond the coils, it can interface directly with the rubber dampers, which sandwich a small heavy disc of platinum. This offers more consistent movement, and thereby better stereo perspective and transient delineation.

System resonances are also damped by the use of the Thermo Plastic Elastomer (TPE) compound which comprises the bottom cover assembly.

The MC Anna Diamond makes use of Ortofon’s Replicant 100 diamond, known for its thin and light profile and extraordinarily large contact surface. Since the Replicant 100 is closest to the shape of the cutting stylus, it can trace with accuracy unparalleled by any other needle in existence. Special polishing of the diamond along with the use of a Diamond cantilever provides the best possible interface between the stylus and armature, owing to its hardness and crystal structure. 

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Higher efficiency magnet system

The optimized geometry of the magnet system combined with choice materials like neodymium and iron-cobalt offers an unprecedented consistency of the flux density within the system’s air gap. Due to an increase of active material inside of the magnet system, the magnetic field strength is delivered more uniformly, allowing each coil to sense identical flux density regardless of its position. Because of this, dynamics and impulse linearity are preserved to an overwhelming extent.

The use of this optimized magnet system allows for the use of a lightweight, non-magnetic armature, which also provides noteworthy benefit to the dynamic capability of the MC Anna Diamond. The reason for this is that our specially designed precision moulded non-magnetic armature does not alter the magnetic field during movement. Hence when combined with ultrapure oxygen-free copper coil wire, it delivers perfect reproduction of the cantilever movements without compromise. The material applied for the armature has very high strength and rigidity.

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A range of compatibility

Output impedance of 6 ohm and a low-to-medium output voltage of 0.2 mV make the MC Anna Diamond perfect partner for most MC phono preamps and step-up transformers, including the Ortofon ST-80 SE MC transformer.

The cartridge is a perfect match for a high-mass, high-precision tonearm with gimbaled bearing.

The MC Anna Diamond focuses on providing music in its entirety without compromise, offering an ideal balance of precision and musicality with fine attention to both micro and macro dynamics combined with fluid tonality and texture. Considering Ortofon’s world-class knowledge in analogue sound reproduction, the new MC Anna Diamond will undoubtedly provide sound which is literally unsurpassed and simply has to be experienced.

 

 

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The story behind the MC Anna cartridges

Historically, Ortofon has a long tradition of paying tribute to persons who have been highly influential within the high-end audio culture and in music culture and history in general. In honor of these remarkable persons, Ortofon has introduced numerous products throughout the years, including the SPU Meister, MC Rohmann, Kontrapunkt series and Windfeld cartridges.

Continuing this tradition with the MC Anna and the MC Anna Diamond, Ortofon dedicates these flagship cartridges to the operatic soprano Anna Netrebko, a virtuoso whose performance displays a formidable technical arsenal of endless versatility.

With the dedication of the MC Anna, Ortofon once again emphasizes the company’s unchanging commitment and devotion to the music and to the purest delivery of recorded sound. Much like Anna Netrebko, Ortofon aspires to provide the ultimate musical experience through a mixture of innovation and technical expertise, combined with inspiration that goes beyond mere thought to reveal true inner emotion.

For pre-order please contact your local Ortofon Authorised partner.