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Ortofon Xpression Moving Coil Cartridge

£3,749.99   
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Ortofon Xpression Moving Coil Cartridge 

 

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Ortofon Exchange Scheme: An Ortofon moving coil cartridge may be traded in against an equivalent (or superior) model and qualify for a 25% discount off the cost of the new cartridge (25% based upon the cost of the cartridge to be traded in or current equivalent) 

The state of the art Ortofon Xpression cartridge represents the perfect combination of three distinct characteristics pioneered by Ortofon: 

  • Use of the cutting edge SLM materials, a technology pioneered on the MC A90 and SPU 90th Anniversary models.

  • Modification of the all-new generator system introduced with the MC A90 and the MC Windfeld models.

  • Ortofon's Design Tradition 

Utilising these three elements, Ortofon have created a totally new product in order to support their SPU cartridge customers, and the many owners of Ortofon tonearms around the world.

The Xpression cartridge bridges the gap between SPU-type cartridges and High-End cartridges like the MC A90 and the MC Windfeld, which are designed for headshell mounting. The result is a high-performance moving coil cartridge with the convenience of a standard headshell connector. This method of connection provides a simple and elegant method of directly connecting the generator and tonearm via the Xpression’s one-piece body.

Since the cartridge length is identical to that of an SPU, the Xpression can easily be fitted onto tonearms without additional concern for proper alignment. The cartridge height is likewise identical to the SPU height, which makes further VTA adjustments unnecessary. 

The length of the cartridge ensures a proper match with SME-mount type tonearms (e.g. SME, Grace, Fidelity Research, SAEC and Micro Seiki brands), while the mass and compliance properties of the Xpression ensure that a proper match will be achieved with any SPU-compatible arm. The Xpression can ideally be combined with the new Ortofon TA-110 tonearm.

 

 

 

The presentation of the Ortofon Xpression is a continuation of the new paradigm in engineering and manufacturing, introduced by the MC A90. Total freedom from resonance in the audible frequency range is a precondition for optimal sound quality, and the design of the Xpression has been dictated by this requirement from the very beginning.

An engineering feature adding to the damping capability of the Xpression cartridge is the recently developed Selective Laser Melting (SLM) process, in which fine particles of stainless steel are welded together, layer-by-layer, to construct a single piece body devoid of unnecessary material. Using this technique the density of the body can be precisely controlled, allowing for extremely high internal damping. The final result provides absolute freedom from resonances existing in the cartridge body material and allows for the Xpression to be perfectly matched with an extremely wide array of different tonearms. Because of the nature of SLM-based construction, each cartridge body is cosmetically unique and will show small dimples or lines under close examination.

By combining the utilization of this SLM process and Ortofon's patented WRD system, we are confident that the perfect mechanical integration of this cartridge with your tonearm will result in a significant and breathtaking increase in dynamics, staging, resolution and richness.

 

Also helping to achieve the Xpression’s accuracy and sonic purity is the use of ultra-high-purity silver for internal wiring between the generator and headshell connector. The Xpression, although derived from the materials and techniques employed with the A90 cartridge, finds a superb sonic balance between the literal precision of the A90 and the powerful dynamics and fluid body of its SPU predecessors.

Finally, the bottom cover has been constructed from a special proprietary TPE (Thermo-Plastic Elastomer) material, which provides extremely high damping. Also included is an easy-to-grab finger lift as well as a simple to use stylus guard.

Neodymium Magnet: 

The magnet system is based on the designs used in such acclaimed cartridges as the MC Windfeld and the MC A90. It is based on an extremely strong, compact neodymium magnet, which makes the generator system both compact and lighter through its minimal dimensions. 

Ortofon’s Field Stabilizing Element (FSE), a small cylinder of conductive material strategically placed inside the magnet system, guarantees that the force field remains stable regardless of the movement of the armature. FSE improves the channel separation, while at the same time minimizing dynamic distortion and intermodulation. The result is seen in the Xpression's fantastic dynamics and even more elbow room between the musicians.

You simply experience more drama and greater breadth, height and depth in the sound scenario!

 

Specifications:

Output Voltage (at 1kHz, 5cm/sec):

0.3mV

Channel Balance at 1kHz:

< 0.2dB

Channel Separation at 1kHz:

> 28dB

Channel Separation at 15kHz:

> 22dB

Frequency Range (at -3dB):

10Hz - 60kHz

20Hz - 20kHz FIM Distortion:

+0.5 / -1.5dB

Tracking Ability at 315Hz:

Typically 90μm

Compliance, Dynamic, Lateral:

11μm / mN

Stylus Type:

Nude Ortofon Replicant 100
Special Polished Version

Cantilever:

Boron

Stylus Tip Radius r / R:

5 / 100μm

Tracking Force Range:

2.3 - 2.8g (23 - 28mN)

Recommended Tracking Force:

2.6g (26mN)

Tracking Angle:

23º

Internal Impedance / DC Resistance:

Recommended Load Impedance:

> 10Ω

Cartridge Body Material:

SLM Stainless Steel And 
Special Proprietary TPE Compound 

Cartridge Colour:

Black / Black

Cartridge Weight:

13.0g

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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