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Following the recent announcement of Ortofon’s most expensive ever cartridge (MC Century, announced July 19th), Henley Audio are delighted to announce the immediate availability of a more affordable limited edition cartridge that harks back to a time when Ortofon’s now iconic DJ cartridge was actually a premium hi-fi offering. In 1979, the Concorde looked radically different to any other cartridge on the market. Conceived by award-winning* industrial designer Jan Trägårdh, the Concorde eliminated the need for a headshell and fiddly cables when mounting a cartridge into an “SME-style” tonearm. Thanks to its unique design the Concorde has been in continuous production for Ortofon ever since, mainly as a DJ model, changing subtly over the years but retaining its remarkable robustness and impressive tracking ability. To commemorate their centenary, Ortofon have chosen to produce a limited run of Hi-Fi Concorde cartridges; the first time the design has been used for audiophile applications in many years.
The Concorde Century is a premium Moving Magnet (MM) cartridge, released in a limited edition of 1,000 pieces. Information retrieval is of the highest standard thanks to the Nude Fine Line diamond stylus profile, which will track even the highest frequency information with ease. Additionally, the larger footprint of the stylus combined with the general Concorde design ensures reduced distortion and record wear. To elevate the sound presentation, Concorde Century uses silver-plated copper wire in the generator system for optimal signal transfer. The end result is a cartridge that delivers a full, relaxed and homogenous sound with space, depth and detail suited to any kind of music. The shiny chrome finish of the Concorde Century oozes prestige, and the special Ortofon Anniversary logo highlights the exclusive nature of the design. But to achieve an even greater sense of pride in ownership, the Concorde Century is delivered in a sturdy presentation case bearing the anniversary logo, shipped with a user manual and maintenance pack in a tailored purse inside. Having celebrated many of their previous anniversaries by launching innovative products, the centenary year called for something special. So, alongside the innovative MC Century, the Concorde Century gives a tip of the hat to Ortofon’s illustrious history of pioneering designs.
Technical Information:Output Voltage @ 1kHz, 5cm/sec: 5.5mVChannel Balance @ 1kHz: 1dBChannel Separation @ 1kHz: 26dBChannel Separation @ 15kHz: 15dBFrequency Range @ -3dB: 20 – 29,000 HzFrequency Response (+2 / -0dB): 20 – 20,000 HzTracking Ability @ 315Hz: 70 µm (@ recommended tracking force)Compliance, Dynamic, Lateral: 16µm/mNStylus Type: Nude Fine LineStylus Tip Radius: r/R 8/40µmTracking Force Range: 1.6 – 2.0g (16 – 20mN)Tracking Force (Recommended): 1.8g (18mN)Tracking Angle: 20°Internal Impedance (DC Resistance): 1.2kΩInternal Inductance: 630mHRecommended Load Resistance: 47kΩRecommended Load Capacitance: 150 – 300pFStylus Colour: ChromeCartridge Weight: 18.5g
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