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Ortofon Dance Series - superior sound of Ortofon Moving Coil cartridges

Many have asked the question: why is the sound of a moving coil cartridge so superior to that of a traditional magnetic? The answer in one word is linearity. The patented Ortofon low-impedance, low-output design is inherently linear over the entire audible range. This coupled with unequalled tracking ability and unique diamond profiles combines to deliver a sound previously deemed unattainable.

The MC Tango, MC Samba and MC Salsa are a direct result of our endeavours.

The MC Tango is the Dance series entry level cartridge with a very high performance ratio. MC Tango features an elliptical diamond and the output is 0.5 mV.

The MC Samba and MC Salsa have a tiny, nude Elliptical or Fine Line diamond, mounted on a very light and rigid cantilever. This results in a low equivalent stylus tip mass and cantilever compliance on 14 and 15 µm/mN, which means that the MC Samba and MC Salsa give excellent results with virtually any tone arm.  

The armature has been designed as a tiny lightweight cross, and the coils are mounted at exactly 90 degree to each other (just like the walls of the record groove), which improves the channel separation. The magnet and improved damping system has allowed its natural pivotal point to be placed immediately behind the armature, this is giving an extremely precise moving system. Besides, we have increased the output voltage of the Samba to 0.3 mV and the MC Salsa to 0.38 mV.

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Ortofon MC Salsa phono cartridge

The MC Salsa is a value-priced low output MC cartridge with a highly polished, nude fine line diamond.

The MC Salsa cartridge features medium mass and medium compliance, therefore produces excellent compatibility with most tonearms, while the nude fine line diamond resolves a high level of detail for recordings with a higher level of complexity.

MC Salsa Technical data

Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec.  -   0,38 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz  -   < 1 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz   -  > 25 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz   -  > 15 dB
Frequency range at - 3dB   -  20-35.000 Hz
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force   -   > 80 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral   -  15 µm/mN
Stylus type   -  Super Fine Line
Stylus tip radius  -   r/R 5/40 µm

Tracking force range   -  2,0-2,4 g (20-24 mN)
Tracking force, recommended   -  2,2 g (22 mN)
Tracking angle   -  20°
Internal impedance, DC resistance   -  7 Ohm
Recommended load impedance  -   > 20 Ohm
Cartridge body material  -   Noryl
Cartridge colour   -  Orange transparent
Cartridge weight  -   7 g