Ortofon Cadenza Blue High end Moving Coil Cartridge

Ortofon Cadenza Blue High end Moving Coil Cartridge


What we Say:

The Ortofon Cadenza Blue  is second step in the Cadenza Series. Cadenza is the top range of Moving coil cartridges from Ortofon, only the limited edition Ti Windfell and Anna Models sit above them. If you are looking for a high end moving coil cartridge the Cadenza series should be on your list or products to audition. We sell all of the Cadenza range from the red to the black and always have at least two models on permanent demonstration.

Please get in touch if you would like to hear it in your system.

As with most moving coil cartridges the stylus is not replaceable on Cadenza. Instead Ortofon offer a trade in scheme which offers a generous allowance towards you replacement cartridge.

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You can find out more about the other cartridges available from DNA Audio by following this link: https://dnaaudio.co.uk/product_brand/ortofon/

Ortofon Cadenza Blue Specification.

Output Voltage: 0.5mV

Frequency Range: 20-50,000Hz

Stylus Profile: Nude FG70

Capacitance: 50 – 200 Ohms

Weight: 10.7g

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What they say:

Cadenza Blue is true to the music with a tremendous clarity.

The Cadenza Blue model is using a Nude FG 70 stylus with a very thin ruby cantilever.
The coils are made from 6NX (99.9999 %) pure silver wire.
An improved winding process on the armature allows a better channel balance.

The soundstage of Cadenza Blue is wide open and grandiose straight out of the box. Micro dynamic and ambience will be evident when listening to complex compositions. It reaches a very high degree of definition in the perspective, which is very present.

Review quote MC Cadenza Blue

Positive Feedback Issue 98, July 2018
By John Hoffman

“…The Cadenza Blue is created to maximize detail retrieval from a record, and yet accomplish this task without skewing the frequency response, or creating unnatural phase shifts that result in the facade of heightened resolution. Even though the Blue is a remarkably detailed cartridge, it does not sacrifice the integrity of the music to accomplish this. … ”

“…Another attribute of the Cadenza Blue that I find captivating is how this cartridge portrays space… The Cadenza Blue keeps this aspect of the recording tightly focused, and it is possible to listen to the reflected vocals as clearly as you do the initial phrasing…In some ways listening to the emptiness of the room adds another dimension to the music, and the Cadenza Blue allows a listener to hear space and the blackness between the played notes in a way that helps define the music. A gifted composer uses the attributes of silence and time between notes as an element of the composition, and the Cadenza Blue faithfully reproduces these aspects of the music for us to hear…”

“…there are those rare instances where you encounter a component that expresses the organic nature of music in a way that galvanizes your listening experience. The Ortofon Cadenza Blue does this for me, and I willingly admit to being enchanted with the abilities of this cartridge…”

Read the complete review here https://positive-feedback.com/reviews/hardware-reviews/ortofon-cadenza-blue-cartridge/


The Cadenza series

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.

Each of the five Cadenza Series cartridges has its own individual sonic expression, and all five models together represent the ensemble of five classic variations:

  • MC Cadenza Mono is a true mono cartridge for playing mono microgroove vinyl records
  • MC Cadenza Red delivers open, dynamic sound with a touch of warmth
  • MC Cadenza Blue adds more dynamics and resolution, sounds more open and reproduces more details
  • MC Cadenza Bronze adds even more details and resolution but in a very evenhanded way that pays respect to all elements
  • MC Cadenza Black is the best of everything, true to the groove with resolution and accurate insight into each recording

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.


Review quote MC Cadenza Blue

Hi-Fi News March 2010
Reviewed by Steve Harris

“…if you want a cartridge to give you detail, space, integrity and vitality and fresh insights into every old-favourite LP you put on, the Cadenza Blue will do just fine… “