Ortofon MC Diamond Cartridge
The Ortofon Exclusives series of our highest-performing Moving Coil cartridges has now been expanded to include a new premier model
the MC Diamond.
The MC Diamond model represents the highest echelon of moving coil cartridges. As its name suggests, the MC Diamond takes the original design but uses a Diamond cantilever that, in combination with the Ortofon Replicant 100 diamond stylus, offers unrivalled transparency, speed and responsiveness in its information retrieval. This state-of-the-art product, representative of numerous Ortofon design elements and ideas, is truly exemplary of the highest degree of performance possible in contemporary analogue playback technology.
The housing of the MC Diamond is made using Ortofon’s pioneering SLM technique. In production, fine particles of Titanium 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 resonance, allowing the MC Diamond to perfectly suit a wide array of high-end tonearms.
The finest technologies and material choices
Like previous Ortofon flagships, the MC Diamond makes use of the company’s best stylus profile. The specially polished Ortofon Replicant 100 diamond stylus profile boasts a thin and light shape, with an impressively long vertical contact surface making it as close as possible to an original record cutting stylus as possible. However, thanks to the technical advances made in developing the range of Ortofon flagship MC cartridges, the MC Diamond sees the stylus mounted onto a diamond cantilever; a feature that redefines the boundaries of analogue reproduction, presenting greater inner detail, subtlety, and depth like never before.
For the new MC Diamond cartridge, the Ortofon Wide Range Damping System (WRD) has been re-engineered to include an enhanced rubber suspension, specially developed in-house to ensure exceptional tracking and virtually eliminates distortion and resonance. This feature allows for optimal interaction between compliance and damping, improved stability and playback, and unparalleled sound quality. Created using a new rubber compound that utilizes Multi Wall Carbon Nanotube technology (MWCNT), this new rubber suspension provides improved damping and enhances the overall performance of the MC Diamond cartridge. This Wide Range Damping (WRD) system offers more consistent movement with zero unwanted resonance, and thereby better stereo perspective and transient delineation.
The best of the best
The bottom section of the cartridge has been constructed from a special proprietary Thermo-Plastic Elastomer (TPE) material, which provides additional damping properties.
The MC Diamond focuses on providing music in its entirety without compromise, offering an ideal balance of precision and musicality with fine attention to both micro and macro dynamics combined with fluid tonality and texture. It is also made to be relatively easy to partner with a wide-range of tonearms and turntables.
With an output impedance of 6Ω and a low-to-medium output voltage of 0.2mV, the MC Diamond is easy to partner with most phono pre-amps and step-up transformers – including Ortofon’s own ST-80 SE model. It’s also an ideal match for high-mass, high-precision tonearms with gimbal bearing systems.
Head-Shell shown for illustration purposes only and not included with cartridge
Flagship Exclusive Series cartridge
Diamond cantilever technology taken from limited-edition MC Century cartridge
Stunning sound, representing the pinnacle of Ortofon's ability
Suited to high-mass, high-precision tonearms
Titanium SLM body construction
WRD technology for improved performance
Flagship Replicant 100 diamond stylus profile
Finest components and materials used throughout
Presented in a stunning gift box
Output Voltage (at 1kHz, 5cm/sec): 0.2mV
Channel Balance at 1kHz: 0.5dB
Channel Separation at 1kHz: 25dB
Channel Separation at 15kHz: 20dB
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz: ± 2dB
Tracking Ability at 315Hz: 80μm
Compliance, Dynamic, Lateral: 11μm / mN
Stylus Type: Special polished Nude Ortofon Replicant 100 on Diamond Cantilever
Stylus Tip Radius r / R: 5 / 100μm
Tracking Force Range: 2.5g - 2.8g
Recommended Tracking Force: 2.6g
Tracking Angle: 23º
Internal Impedance / DC Resistance: 6Ω
Recommended Load Impedance: > 10Ω
Cartridge Body Material: SLM Titanium
Cartridge Colour: Black / Silver
Cartridge Weight: 17.5g