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Ortofon aspires to provide the ultimate musical experience through innovation, technical expertise, and inspiration. This new state-of-the-art phono cartridge, representative of numerous Ortofon design elements and ideals, is truly exemplary of the highest degree of performance possible in contemporary analog playback technology.
Featuring a titanium body, optimized magnet system, diamond cantilever, and a new rubber suspension, the MC Diamond provides an entirely new level of experience for audiophiles.
“This is recorded music like you’ve never heard it before – the most authentic vinyl experience in the world”, - said by Leif Johannsen, Ortofon’s Chief Officer of Acoustics and Research.
For more than a century, Ortofon has been on a quest for accuracy in sound and authenticity of experience.
Driven by our core passions for engineering, innovation and craftsmanship, everything we do is rooted in a desire to create the world’s best phonograph cartridges, so that you can do more than just listen to the music, you love.
At Ortofon, we want you to feel the music:
• every instrument
• every voice
• every note
The Ortofon Wide Range Damping System (WRD) has been re-engineered for the new MC Diamond cartridge to include an enhanced rubber suspension specially developed in-house.
The WRD system was originally introduced in the MC 20 Mk II in 1979. It was also subsequently used in the MC A90, MC Windfeld, Xpression, MC Anna, MC Anna Diamond and MC Century phono cartridges. In this system, a small, heavy platinum disc is sandwiched between two rubber absorbers with different properties. This ensures an exceptional tracking performance and creates perfect damping through the entire frequency spectrum. Because of this, distortion and resonance are virtually eliminated.
The new rubber compound formula is based on the highly efficient Multi Wall Carbon Nano Tube (MWCNT) nanofiller. The new MWCNT-based compound offers desirable mechanical properties, which allow for optimal interaction between compliance and damping, that improves stability and playback and ensures unparalleled sound quality.
The cartridge body of the MC Diamond is made of titanium using our custom Selective Laser Melting (SLM) technique. This technique allows for precise control of the density of the body, which provides extremely high internal damping, and results in a significant reduction in vibrations and enhanced sound quality.
The MC Diamond’s magnet system combines choice materials, optimized geometry, and unrivaled consistency that deliver unmatched performance. Together with the non-magnetic armature, the result is vivid, highly-accurate audio reproductions defined by nearly boundless dimensionality.
Replicant 100 Diamond
The MC Diamond makes use of Ortofon Replicant 100 diamond. This Line Contact type stylus distinguishes itself by having a narrow and long contact surface, which is as close as possible to the original cutting stylus. This ensures the most accurate reproduction, lowest distortion and extended frequency range.
NB: The stylus guard provided for the MC Diamond is designed to be easily replaced and removed without risking contact to the fragile stylus assembly. To avoid accidental damage to the stylus or cantilever please mount the enclosed stylus guard onto the cartridge whenever the cartridge is not in use. The stylus guard should also be attached during mounting or removal of the cartridge.
The MC Diamond uses a solid Diamond Cantilever that, in combination with Ortofon Replicant 100 diamond, offers extreme transparency, speed, and responsiveness beyond any other combination. A solid Diamond cantilever provides the best possible interface between the stylus and armature, owing to its hardness and crystal structure. The improvements found in the use of a Diamond cantilever have redefined the boundaries of analog reproduction, presenting greater inner detail, subtlety, and depth like never before.
Output voltage at 1 kHz, 5cm/sec. - 0.2 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz - 0.5 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz - 25 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz - 20 dB
Frequency response - 20 Hz-20 kHz +/- 2 dB
Tracking ability at 315 Hz at recommended tracking force - 80 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral - 11 µm/mN
Stylus type - Special polished Nude Ortofon Replicant 100 on Diamond Cantilever
Stylus tip radius - r/R 5/100 µm
Tracking force range - 2.5-2.8 g (25-28 mN)
Tracking force, recommended - 2.6 g (26 mN)
Tracking angle - 23°
Internal impedance, DC resistance - 6 Ohm
Recommended load impedance - > 10 Ohm
Coil wire material - Ultra pure oxygen-free copper
Cartridge body material - SLM Titanium
Cartridge color - Silver/Black
Cartridge weight - 17.5 g
Fully non-magnetic armature
Nude Replicant 100 on Diamond Cantilever
Multi Wall Carbon Nano Tube Suspension
SLM Manufacturing Technique
Wide Range Damping System