VNL Single Pack


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VNL - "In ViNyL we trust"

Even before the launch of the Concorde MkII, we have always studied the feedback of our customers and how they utilize our products.

Skilled DJs demand specialized tools that can help them push their creativity to the edge – consistently testing the boundaries in the realm of performance.

Understanding this and reflecting our extensive experience in industrial design and technological know-how, we present the Ortofon VNL cartridge – a model tailored uniquely to the unrelenting demands of modern turntablists and portablists.


The VNL features and improvements

👍  Extra resistance to hardcore scratching and back spinning
👍  High tracking performance for both DVS usage and real vinyl
👍  Optimal balance of output and of sound quality

Technological improvements have been applied for the benefits of all users:
- Ultrasonic welding of the components ensures high rigidity and freedom from resonances.
- Robotic assembly of stylus assembly offers high precision and uniformity of industrial production.

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VNL Premounted

Expertly paired and mounted on our popular black SH-4 Headshell, the VNL is compatible with any standard DJ turntable and tonearm.
The quality of the SH-4 headshell is sturdy and rigid, with high quality tonearm terminal connections. One of the standout features of the VNL Premounted cartridge is its versatility. The universal mount fitting allows it to be used with a wide range of S-shaped tonearms, making it a great option for DJs who use multiple setups. The ergonomic design of the headshell includes a long finger lift that is easy to pick up and use, making it ideal for busy DJ sessions. And with its plug and play design, the VNL Premounted cartridge is ready to go right out of the box!

🔥Premounted on Ortofon SH-4 Black headshell
🔥Universal mount fitting a wide range of S-shaped tonearms
🔥Correct Baerwald alignment with the major part of tonearms with universal mount  

The VNL Premounted is supplied with the stylus VNL II premounted on the VNL cartridge body


3 different feels to fine-tune your performance

To match the multiple applications of modern DJs, the VNL is interchangeable with 3 different styli with suspension types of varying feel and rigidity:
Stylus VNL I compliance, dynamic lateral 16 μm/m N - Flexible
Stylus VNL II compliance, dynamic lateral 15 μm/m N - Rigid 
Stylus VNL III compliance, dynamic lateral 14 μm/m N - Firm

DJs can easily identify which stylus type best suits their individual DJ style and enables their absolute best performance capability.

All three VNL styli variants are available separately.  

The VNL SINGLE PACK is supplied with the stylus VNL II premounted on the VNL cartridge body

VNL technical data

  • Stylus Type Spherical
  • Tracking Force 4.0 g
  • Output Voltage 6 mV
  • Frequency Range 20-20.000 Hz

Output voltage at 1000Hz, 5cm/sec. - 6 mV
Channel separation at 1kHz - 20 dB
Frequency response 20 Hz - 20 kHz  -2/+4 dB
Tracking ability at 315 Hz at recommended tracking force: 

VNL I 100 μm
VNL II 90 μm
VNL III 90 μm

Compliance, dynamic lateral:

VNL I 16 μm/m N
VNL II 15 μm/m N
VNL III 14 μm/m N


Tracking force range - 3 - 5 g
Tracking force recommended - 4 g
Internal impedance, DC resistance - 750 Ohm
Internal inductance - 450 mH
Recommended load resistance - 47 kOhm
Recommended load capacitance - 200-600 pF
Cartridge weight - 6,5 g
Replacement stylus units: VNL I,  VNL II,  VNL III
Antiskating: for best backcueing performance use “0”

For information about set-up and alignment, stylus care and lifetime, break-in time, troubleshooting check out our DJ FAQ.

Download the VNL userguide

Download the VNL Productsheet


Exclusive features

The VNL features a spherical stylus which is perfect for tough groove handling. Furthermore, it reduces record wear when scratching and back-cueing to an absolute minimum.

The broad stance of the VNL features solid and robust design elements characteristic to Ortofon, with colors meticulously selected to emphasize sturdiness and DJ aesthetics: the cartridge body has been designed to provide easy mounting and alignment on a variety of headshells.

The VNL provides excellent compatibility when used in an assortment of playback systems, ensuring it stays in the groove under the most demanding conditions.

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They put the VNL to the test!

The multiple titles' winners DJ ND, Jose Rodriguez & DJ Odilon put the VNL to test: from mixing to beat-juggling and hardcore scratching. Want to know whether the VNL performed to the DJs' expectations? Read the below testimonials:
Jose Rodriguez: "The VNL is very resistant & robust. I love the idea of the 3 stylus to perfectly fit the style of the DJs. To me, it’s the perfect solution for my portable turntable. I take it with me wherever I go."
"I’ve been surprised by the stability of the VNL. On both S-shaped & straight tone arms the result is amazing. Even when putting more pressure with the vinyl hand, the VNL stays in the groove. Also on the DVS, the signal is perfect. Definitely one of my favorite models of the Ortofon DJ range."
DJ Odilon: "Super stable on classic and portable turntables. The VNL is easy to plug and offers good visibility on the vinyl. I love the sexy design, it looks lighter than other cartridges, but stays in the groove like no other. My weapon of choice in any club performance or showcase."


Review quote 04.01.2021
Ortofon VNL Test
By Daniel Wagner 

"...The special appearance of the Ortofon cartridge is quite pleasing, even the massive white of the cartridge body fits seamlessly into the overall appearance. I haven't come across a design like this before. Finally something new. I have to admit, I am delighted...

...In terms of sound, the VNL definitely offers something. The cartridge sounds unusually transparent for this price range, which is not necessarily at the detriment of the mids...

...The only drawback, in my opinion, is the flip side of the tonal transparency, because the VNL occasionally tends to pitch, which is evident in Tom Jones' album "Body & Soul" of 1973 and the EP "Polizisten" by Extrabreit. On the other hand, most modern club productions with the VNL sounds excellent...

...The installation of the VNL is pretty simple. However, the chassis material could be slightly harder. A little caution is required in order to avoid the nut from penetration into the chassis material while fastening the screws/ nuts...”

Read the full review in German here




VNL slipmat & t-shirt

The VNL slipmat's and t-shirt's awesome design developed in collaboration with producer, International DJ and DMC World finalist DJ ND and Maxime Bouchat, Graphic Designer, Blue Marine Productions Associées.

The VNL slipmat design uses several elements linked to the DJ culture:
👍 Scissors stand for "Cutting sounds"
👍 Equalizer levels picture refers to the mixers' levels
👍 Spiral symbolises turntable platter when spinning
The effect of animation is fully obtainable when the pitch is set to 33 +8.

The VNL T-shirts are made of 100% cotton. Available in sizes M and L.
The t-shirt features "In ViNyL we trust" contrast logo.