GOLDENES OHR AWARD 2018
The readers of the German HiFi magazine AUDIO voted for the best Hifi products of the year. With votes coming in from across Germany, the MC Cadenza Red won in the category phono cartridges. Almost 150 industry members attended the Award ceremony in Munich.
The sound picture of Cadenza Red is relaxed, homogeneous and moderately dynamic and have great space and depth in the stereo image.
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.
Positive Feedback August 2016 Reviewed by John Hoffman
“… in the case of the Ortofon Cadenza Red, I can tell you without a doubt that you are getting what you pay for, of that I am 100% certain. My first impression of the Cadenza Red is this cartridge has an astonishingly natural portrayal of the midrange, and this sole characteristic would make it worth owning…
… There is indeed a separation between good and great moving coil cartridges, and the Cadenza Red is certainly in the field where the excellent ones reside in…
..The Cadenza Red is never a cartridge that is in a hurry so to speak, as it encourages a person to experience every facet of an album, and enjoy it on many different levels…
…The Red is intended to be liquid, refined, flowing, with a slightly burnished warmth that is easy to get hooked on…
…The design team at Ortofon has done a splendid job voicing the Cadenza Red, and creating a cartridge that is inviting and easy to listen to, yet capable of presenting the entire palette of shading and texture that may be captured in a recording. This cartridge is a wonderful find for those hobbyists who value an emotionally involving listening experience, where the highlights are tone, harmonic density, and a rich presentation…”
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 at 1 kHz 5 cm/sec – 0,45 mV
- Channel balance – < 1,5 dB
- Channel separation at 1 kHz – > 23 dB
- Channel separation at 15 kHz – > 15 dB
- Frequency range at -3 dB – 20 Hz – 50 kHz
- Frequency response 20 Hz – 20 kHz – +3/-1
- Tracking ability at 315 Hz at recommended tracking force *) – 80 μm
- Compliance, dynamic, lateral – 12 μm/mN
- Stylus type – Nude Fine Line on Alu cantilever
- Stylus tip radius – r/R 8/40 μm
- Tracking force range – 2,2-2,7 g (22-27 mN)
- Tracking force recommended – 2,5 g (25 mN)
- Tracking angle – 20º
- Internal impedance, DC resistance – 5 Ohm
- Recommended load impedance – 50-500 Ohm
- Cartridge body materia – Stainless steel Aluminium
- Cartridge colour – Red/Black
- Cartridge weight – 10,7 g