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Ortofon Kontrapunkt Moving Coil cartridges

While celebrating the 250th anniversary of the giant of western music and the new millennium, Ortofon took up the theme of J.S.Bach's Contrapunctus. We believe that our long-term experience in analogue sound reproduction reflects, in its own way, the theme of this magnificent music  - the truly inexhaustible nature of the analogue record.

Over the years, from cartridge to cartridge we have demonstrated how the same basic theme - Accurancy in Sound - can ring through for the sake of music in new and different ways. Not limited by bits or sampling frequency rates, those same record grooves can yield new dimensions of musical enjoyment, over and over again.

Through these new cartridge models: Kontrapunkt b, Kontrapunkt a, Kontrapunkt c and Kontrapunkt h, that are related to each other like the Kontrapunkt themes, but still remaining different, we wanted to show how the analogue and original source of the recorded music has not exhausted itself. Thus like J.S. Bach's theme it still has something musically valid to say today. As a consequence of this, and as a sign of respect to the greatest of J.S. Bach's works, we decided to use the letters from the composer's name like he did himself, when naming our new cartridge models.

The Kontrapunkt family resemblance is obvious with outstanding channel separation across the fundamental frequency range and into the extreme upper frequencies, contributing to sublime dynamics and musical clarity.


Ortofon Kontrapunkt "b" MC cartridge

The Kontrapunkt "b" model is special in having a very thin Ruby cantilever mounted with the super polished nude FG 80 stylus

The coils are made from 6-Nines pure silver wire, and the output is as high as 470µVolt at 5 cm/sec. by 1 kHz. Compared to MC Jubilee the sound picture is more open, grandiose and dynamic with a very present perspective

The musical performance of the Kontrapunkt "b" depends on the equipment, the room and the music program. Also variations of the resistive load can influence sound image to some extend, where higher values around 100-200 Ohm will open details further. But no less than 10 Ohm will tighten the sound image.

The cartridge seems to work well in small, soft rooms with loudspeakers having moderate tweeters.

MC Kontrapunkt "b" Technical data

Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec.   -  0,47 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz  -   < 1,5 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz  -   > 25 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz  -   > 18 dB
Frequency range at - 3dB  -   20-50.000 Hz
Frequency response  -   20-20.000 Hz + 2,5 /-1 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force   -   80 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral  -   12 µm/mN
Stylus type  -   Nude FG 80 / Ruby cantilever
Stylus tip radius   -  r/R 5/80 µm

Tracking force range  -   2,2-2,7 g (22-27 mN)
Tracking force, recommended  -   2,5 g (25 mN)
Tracking angle  -   20°
Internal impedance, DC resistance -    5 Ohm
Recommended load impedance   -  5-200 Ohm
Cartridge body material  -   Stainless Steel
Cartridge colour   -  Blue
Cartridge weight  -   10 g

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