Ortofon constantly look for new technology to be used in their products while also pushing the performance of existing technology. Thus they ensure the highest level of performance and quality. The Kontrapunkt models and MC Jubilee became market standards and are among the most popular cartridges out there. Nevertheless, Ortofon decided to develop a new cartridge series that is even more ambitious.
By carefully implementing cobalt-iron pole pieces, a new improved winding process on the armature, and using extruded aluminium housing in the models as well as other changes, Ortofon have been able to reveal new possibilities in reproducing the analogue information. They 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 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 of 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 part of the standard repertoire.
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