Review quotes and Awards
What Hi-Fi? Awards 2022 winner in the category "Best Cartridge Over £250”
"It doesn't take long to realise that the Quintet Blue is a terrific performer"
"Given a suitably capable system we have no doubt the Ortofon Quintet Blue will impress. It’s a well-balanced design with no obvious weaknesses. If you’ve always hankered after a moving coil cartridge we can’t think of an alternative we prefer. Buy this one with confidence."
Read the full review here: https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/ortofon-quintet-blue
What Hi-Fi? Awards 2020 & 2021 winner in the category "Best Cartridge Over £150”
"If you’re after an affordable cartridge, we haven’t heard a better option".
"...The Quintet Blue handles the music’s frantic dynamic swings with composure, refusing to harden-up even when provoked. We’re impressed by its refinement and ability to render treble textures.
...The Ortofon (MC Quintet Blue -red.) is a secure tracker too at the recommended 2.3g. The presentation’s even tonality and pleasing sense of life mean that we don’t feel the need to play around with the tracking weight one bit..."
What Hi-Fi? Awards 2019 winner in the category "A modestly priced moving coil cartridge"
What Hi-Fi July 2019
"...Detailed and precise presentation, expressive dynamics, easy to fit..."
Given a suitably capable system we have no doubt the Ortofon Quintet Blue will impress. It’s a well-balanced design with no obvious weaknesses. If you’ve always hankered after a moving coil cartridge we can’t think of an alternative we prefer. Buy this one with confidence.
TNT USA October 2015
Reviewed by Todd Bromgard
"...The Quintet Blue has few faults, particularly at its price point. It plays relatively neutral, without obvious colorations or frequency dips, and strikes a good balance between musical and analytical. While it's not the last word in resolving power, it is detailed, dynamic and casts a three-dimension soundstage. Its weaknesses are apparent only when compared to more expensive cartridges. Happily, I have been listening to the Quintet Blue for several months and it continues to be a satisfying performer. Highly recommended!"
Hi-Fi Choice October 2014
Reviewed and tested by Andrew Simpson
Verdict: Superb sounding all-rounder that shows analogue at its best. Excellent value.
"... It offers the most comprehensive and enjoyable performance with all music, showing Ortofon has clearly hit upon another magic formula...
...it presents all the detail in the track with real dymanism … its soundstage is expansive left to right…and it also possesses a greater talent for bringing instruments within it to life...
…Each instrument gets the space to let its notes grow, which it knits together into a cohesive whole, revealing its measured and neutral presentation…
…Bass is well articulated and evenly presented without being overly emphasized or rolling off too early, making its presence and detail felt without becoming overwhelming on more demanding bass-heavy music."