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Ortofon Quintet Blue MC Cartridge


A Nude Elliptical diamond mounted on an aluminium cantilever. The Quintet Blue will bring more space, depth and detail into the sound.

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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 have introduced about 100 different moving coil models, with their latest being the Quintet Series.

Ortofon believe the cartridges in this new series are more than worthy successors to the long line of models that have made Ortofon the global leader in the manufacturing and supplying of phono cartridges.

The Quintet Blue is a very homogeneous cartridge whose sound image will tend to more smooth reproduction compared to Quintet Red and moderate dynamic strength compared to Quintet Bronze.

It features a Nude Elliptical diamond mounted on an aluminium cantilever. The Quintet Blue will bring more space, depth and detail into the sound and is a very good choice for any kind of music, especially rhythmic.

The MC Quintet Series is congruent with Ortofon’s unrelenting commitment to providing the most precise and accurate reproduction possible without colouration.



  • 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.


Essential Information

  • This item is supplied with a 1 year warranty
  • Please allow 5-10 Days GB Mainland Delivery on this item


Hi-Fi News, December 2014

Score: 85%, 'Outstanding Product'

“The Blue’s straight-sided body and threaded mounting holes makes it easy to align”

“A few bars into Little Dragon’s ‘Paris’ from their Nabuma rubberbandAlbum [Because Music BEc5 161771] lets the Blue show how it can pull out plenty of detail from the track with ease, which it presents with real dynamism. The synthesised percussion has ample depth and attack, and I could feel each note’s texture as they were served up in rapid succession...”

(REM’s ‘ turn You Inside-Out’ [Green-Warner Bros WX 234 925 795-1]) “Under the Blue’s influence, the track’s guitars are still given free rein to sound raw and edgy, but without being allowed to become ‘spitty’, especially at high SPLs.” 

“what’s more striking is the Ortofon’s talent for separating out instruments within it.”

“Turning to Nick Drake’s ‘Fly’ from Bryter Layter [Simply Vinyl SVLP 094] Shows how well this cartridge copes with more challenging material. Each instrument is given plenty of air and space to let the notes form with convincing realism, which the Ortofon knits together into a cohesive whole, while ensuring their edges don’t blur into each other.”

“Bass is also nicely articulate and evenly presented without being over-emphasised or lacking in tangibility.”

“The ‘Paris’ track underlines how the Blue likes to show its hand in the lower registers. Not just trying to impress through lots of low-down wallop, but by making sure the bass sounds natural and fully formed – neither overly dominant nor hollow, resulting in low notes with genuine substance.”

“All in all, this latest Blue is a very accomplished MC”

“you’ll be very hard-pressed to find a better alternative that’s as well balanced across the board as the blue. This pick-up offers a sound that’s both refined and yet bags of fun, guaranteeing its place as a fantastic all-rounder for those wanting a quality moving coil on a budget.”


Hi-Fi Choice, October 2014

Reviewed By: Andrew Simpson

Sound Quality: 5 Stars

Value For Money: 5 Stars

Build Quality: 5 Stars

Features: 4 Stars

Overall Score: 5 Stars, 'Group Test Winner'


“it presents all the detail in the track with real dynamism.”

“lead guitar notes in the instrumental section sound sharp but never harsh, with chords struck firmly before reverberating with a natural echo.”

“It’s soundstage is expansive left to right”

“it really plays to how the piece moves from quiet passages to louder sections with great effect, pulling you into the music. Each instrument gets the space to let its notes grow, which it knits together into a cohesive whole, revealing its measured and neutral presentation.”

“Bass is well articulated and evenly presented without being overly emphasised or rolling off too early, making its presence and detail felt without becoming overwhelming on more demanding bass-heavy music.”

“LIKE: Open and detailed sound, well built”

“WE SAY: Fantastic sounding mid-price MC that does everything right.”

More Information
Guarantee (months) 12


Output Voltage (at 1kHz, 5cm/sec): 0.5mV
Channel Balance at 1kHz: <1.5dB
Channel Separation at 1kHz: >21dB
Channel Separation at 15kHz: >14dB
Frequency Range (at -3dB): 20 Hz - 25 kHz
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz: ± 2.5dB
Tracking Ability at 315Hz: 70μm
Compliance, Dynamic, Lateral: 15μm / mN
Stylus Type: Nude Elliptical
Stylus Tip Radius r / R: 8 / 18μm
Tracking Force Range: 2.1 - 2.5g (21 - 25mN)
Recommended Tracking Force: 2.3g (23mN)
Tracking Angle: 20º
Internal Impedance / DC Resistance:
Recommended Load Impedance: >20Ω
Cartridge Body Material: ABS/Alu.
Cartridge Colour: Blue
Cartridge Weight: 9g
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