The Ortofon Xpression High-End cartridge

The state of the art product, the Ortofon Xpression represents a combination of three elements very characteristic for Ortofon:

Utilising these three elements we created a new product in order to support our customers of the SPU cartridges and Ortofon tonearms.

The Xpression cartridge bridges the gap between the SPU-type cartridges and High-End cartridges like the MC A90 and the MC Windfeld designed for headshell mounting. The result is a high-performance moving coil cartridge with the convenience of a standard headshell connector, which provides a simple and elegant method of directly connecting the generator and tonearm via the Xpression’s one-piece body.

 

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Stereophile September 2018
By Jim Austin

"...Ortofon's 90th Anniversary SPU is a very fine cartridge. The Xpression is clearly and significantly better. My 90th Anniversary has the characteristic SPU midrange richness and color, but with far fewer compromises at the extremes of audioband. The Xpression has all of that, and it's better still in the lows and hights... The most important improvement is in the heights. The fundamental tones of higher-pitched instruments and voices, and the even higher-frequency tones that convey color and a sense of space, were almost perfectly articulate and clear... Ambience was reproduced but not exaggerated... The music came across with more drive, more emotional force... The sound got out of the way, which let me focus on the essence of the music, on human expression through sound.

...The Xpression is expensive, but age and experience have shown me that it's hard to set a budget for experience, including - or especially - the experience of music.”

 

Since the cartridge length is identical to that of an SPU, the Xpression can easily be fitted onto tonearms without additional concern for proper alignment.

The cartridge height is likewise identical to the SPU height, which makes further VTA adjustments unnecessary.
The length of the cartridge ensures proper match with the SME-mount type tonearms, e.g. SME, Grace, Fidelity Research, SAEC and Micro Seiki brands. Additionally, the mass and compliance properties of the Xpression ensure that a proper match will be achieved with any SPU-compatible arm.
The Xpression can ideally be combined with the TA-110 and TA-210 tonearms. The combination of Xpression, TA-110/TA-210 and ST-80 SE MC transformer gives a supreme experience!

 

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Stereophile February 2012
Reviewed by Art Dudley

"...The Ortofon Xpression is a unique blend of the new and the old...This new Ortofon is designed and built as a drop-in replacement for any G-style pickup head...

...The Xpression proved itself to be much more explicit than my original SPU - more detailed, more open, more tactile, more revealing of nuance and technique......Delighted I am to see and hear such a product...the Xpression brings with it a certain disregard for convention and for the staid logic of commerce - not unlike the best music...”

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