Multiple studies show that demand for strategic natural resources continues to increase. New technologies use ever-increasing amounts of rare and strategic resources. Understandable that this increasing demand may complicate future supply.
Over the decades, there has been an increase in the use of Boron. Elemental Boron is mostly used in high tech applications. One of Boron's benefits for our modern technology is its use in neodymium magnets, which are an alloy of neodymium, iron and boron. Boron has also been applied in manufacturing of phono cartridges: Boron cantilevers are strong, stiff, light and 100% inert. From all possible options Boron cantilever is the best, but unfortunately extremely difficult to obtain.
To make sure future supplies of the Ortofon High-End cartridges, we will henceforward reserve the use of Boron cantilevers for our Exclusive series.
The new MC Quintet Black S model is graced with Shibata stylus on the Sapphire cantilever. Sapphire is one of the best cantilever options that provides an excellent mechanical pulse transfer from the stylus to the coil system.
The Quintet Black S, like its predecessor Quintet Black, produces detailed and pure reproduction though-out the spectrum, volume and soundstage.
Nothing demonstrates Ortofon's long-standing resilience more than its commitment to the refinement of analogue sound quality and its continued development of new cartridge models. Since 1948 Ortofon has introduced about 100 different Moving Coil models. We believe the cartridges in this new series are more than worthy successors to the long line of models that has made Ortofon the global leader in the manufacture and supply of phono cartridges.
The MC Quintet Series is congruent with Ortofons unrelenting commitment to providing the most precise and accurate reproduction possible without coloration:
A special ABS (Acrylonitrile/Butadiene/Styrene) thermoplastic material is used for manufacturing of the body. This light-weight, impact resistant material is very suitable for injection-moulding and provides a very durable scratch resistant surface.
Neodymium magnets are implemented to achieve an optimal output.
Low internal impedance makes the cartridge less sensitive to load and therefore ensures compatibility with the widest range of preamps and transformers.
It is Ortofon's aim to bring the customer many hours of new and surprising experiences in listening to their precious vinyl collection.
Top-mounting of the Quintet cartridges is easy and secure using the screws supplied. The aluminuim frame has threaded mounting holes and is fitted easily with the 5mm or 7mm screws depending on the thickness of the headshell.
The Quintet series right angles, straight lines, stylus visibility and ample distance between the record surface and the cartridges bottom will make it easy to mount and align the cartridge and tonearm correctly. The Quintet Series gives excellent results with most common tonearms.
"With the correct level set, the Ortofon reveals itself to be a highly distinctive yet talented performer. This most clearly manifests itself as a slightly dark tonal balance that helps it to sound refined and powerful... What is interesting is that the tonal balance doesnt restrict the energy at the top end of the frequency response... This is a very big and effortless-sounding cartridge... Vocals are given presence and detail, but without losing their relationship to the supporting musicians..." - Hi-Fi Choice Group Test, Sound Quality 5, Value For Money 5, Build Quality 4.5, Features 4.5, Overall 4.5/5!
"The Ortofon Quintet Black S is an exceptional cartridge that I highly recommend to those seeking excellent moving coil performance in this price range." -Malachi Lui, analogplanet.com
"The Quintet Black S is an outstanding value, and because of that, I will buy it and for the foreseeable future happily keep it in my system." -Malachi Lui, analogplanet.comSpecifications:
Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec.: 0.3 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz: < 1.0 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz: > 23 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz: > 15 dB
Frequency range at: 3dB: 20: 25.000 Hz
Frequency response 20-20.000 Hz: +/- 1.5 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force *): 80 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral: 15 µm/mN
Stylus type: Nude Shibata on Sapphire cantilever
Stylus tip radius: r/R 6/50 µm
Tracking force range: 2.1-2.5 g (21-25 mN)
Tracking force, recommended: 2.3 g (23 mN)
Tracking angle: 20°
Internal impedance, DC resistance: 5 Ohm
Recommended load impedance: > 20 Ohm
Cartridge body material: ABS/Aluminium
Coil wire material: Aucurum
Cartridge colour: Black
Cartridge weight: 9 g
1 Year Warranty