• Ortofon MC Cadenza Red
  • Ortofon MC Cadenza Red
  • Ortofon MC Cadenza Red
  • Ortofon MC Cadenza Red

Ortofon MC Cadenza Red



The sound picture of Cadenza Red is relaxed, homogeneous and moderately dynamic and have great space and depth in the stereo image.

"...From the start, the Cadenza Red dispensed an air of calm. It was tonally neutral, with a smooth and natural mid and treble...

...Bass was accurate, extended and open-sounding, helping the cartridge's ability to offer realistic stereo perspectives…"  - Hifi News, July 2012


The Cadenza Red model is using a Nude Fine Line stylus with a cylindrical aluminium cantilever. The stylus tip radius is r/R 8/40 µm.

The coils are made from 6NX (99.9999 %) pure silver wire.

An improved winding process on the armature allows a better channel balance.

At Ortofon we constantly look for new technology to be used in our products and push the performance of existing technology. Thus we assure the highest level of performance and quality. The Kontrapunkt models and MC Jubilee became market standards and are among our most popular cartridges. Nevertheless Ortofon decided to develope a new cartridge series that is even more ambitious.

By carefully implementing cobalt-iron pole pieces, new improved winding process on the armature, using extruded aluminium housing in the models as well as other changes, we have been able to reveal new possibilities in performing the analogue information. It was also decided to make a more complete range of cartridges, which meant an introduction of a moving coil Cadenza Mono model to support our customers, who have an extended interest in micro groove mono records.

The story about Cadenza

Cadenza (from Italian: meaning cadence) refers to a portion of a concert in which the orchestra stops playing, leaving the soloist to play alone in free time, without a strict, regular pulse. A cadenza can be written or improvised. It’s usually the most elaborate and virtuosic part the solo instrument plays during the whole piece. At the end of the cadenza, the orchestra re-enters, and generally finishes off the movement.

During the 19th century, composers began to write cadenzas out in full. Others wrote cadenzas for works, where the composer had intended for the solo to be improvised, in order for the soloist to have a well formed solo that they could practice in advance. Some of these have become so widely played and sung that they are effectively a part of the standard repertoire.



Output Voltage 0.45 @ 1kHz 5 cm/sec
Chanel Balance <1.5 dB
Channel Separation

>23 dB @ 1kHz

>15 dB @ 15 kHz

Frequency Range

3 dB, 20 Hz, 50 kHz

Frequency Response

20 Hz, 20 kHz, +3/-1

Tracking Ability

80 μm @ 315 Hz at recommended tracking force

Compliance, Dynamic, Lateral

12 μm/mN

Stylus Type

Nude Fine on Alu Cantilever

Stylus Tip Radius

r/R 8/40

Tracking Force Range

2.2 - 2.7g (22-27 mN)

Tracking Force Recommended

2.5g (25 mN)

Tracking angle


Internal Impedance, DC resistance

5 Ohm

Recommended Load Impedance

50-500 Ohm

Cartridge Body Material

Stainless Steel Aluminum

Cartridge Colour


Cartridge Weight

10.7 g


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