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.
Hi-Fi News July 2012
"...From the start, the Cadenza Red dispensed an air of calm. It was tonally neutral, with a smooth and natural mid and treble...Bass was accurate, extended and open-sounding, helping the cartridge's ability to offer realistic stereo perspectives..."
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..."
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
Tracking force range - 2,2-2,7 g (22-27 mN)
Tracking force recommended - 2,5 g (25 mN)
*) Typical value
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