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Ortofon Concorde Century Cartridge (Pre-Order)
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Limited To 1,000 Pieces Worldwide
A CONCORDE STORY began in 1979In 1979 the Concorde looked radically different to any cartridge that had been manufactured by Ortofon or any of its rivals up to then. However, the initial inspirations for its development were the search for a design of an integrated cartridge and headshell that could be easily mounted on a tone arm without the need for screws or the plugging in of wires.
Award-winning industrial designer Jan Trägårdh conceived the Concorde’s unique look and received the Danish Industrial Design Award in 1979 for his work on the low mass Concorde. Concorde has undergone continual re-modelling ever since as it has evolved from its original purpose as a domestic hi-fi pick up to its now revered status as a cartridge for club DJs. The Concorde performs well, is remarkably robust and, most importantly, resolutely stays in the groove.
The arrival of the Concorde and its subsequent establishment as a very popular cartridge was the result of Ortofon’s very strong focus on product development in the laboratories in Copenhagen, brilliant engineers led the department.
Ortofon iconic cartridgeHaving celebrated many of previous anniversaries by launching innovative products, naturally, the approaching centennial year called for some grand designs and the relaunch of the cartridge that is emblematic of Ortofon’s pioneering approach to design – the Concorde. With a tip of the hat to the Concorde’s origins, Ortofon releases in a limited edition of 1,000 a Hi-Fi Concorde version THE CONCORDE CENTURY.
THE CONCORDE CENTURY uses a silver-plated copper wire and a Nude Fine Line diamond stylus, which slim profile will track even the highest frequency information. Additionally, its larger footprint ensures reduced distortion and record wear. THE CONCORDE CENTURY has a full, relaxed and homogenous sound with space, depth and detail – a very good choice for any kind of music.$700.00Phono CartridgePRE-ORDER Buy Now
Currently, Ortofon produces four different cartridges: moving magnets, designed and manufactured by Ortofon since 1969; moving coils, still proudly handcrafted; SPU cartridges, refined in the tradition of the first-ever moving coil cartridges; and mono cartridges, a tribute to the lasting qualities of mono records from the 1950s and 60s reissued today.
Ortofon moving magnet cartridges are economical, feature sophisticated styli, light and rigid cantilevers, and their advanced magnetic circuitry produces state-of-the-art sound quality within the magnetic category. The Ortofon 2M series combines form and functionality, designed for precise and accurate retrieval of information at an affordable price. Ortofon 2M cartridges begin with the most basic and affordable model, the 2M Red, and progresses upwards through 2M Blue, 2M Bronze, and 2M Black, as well as offering a Mono cartridge and several other variations.
Ortofon moving coil cartridges demonstrate the company’s commitment to the continuous refinement of analogue sound quality. Unlike other phono cartridges, the moving coil cartridge is painstakingly handcrafted—each of the four coils contains anywhere between 11 to 24 turns of wire hand-wound beneath a microscope. Throughout its history, Ortofon has introduced more than 300 moving coil models up to the favorites of today, the Cadenza and Quintet series. Like the 2M series, both the Cadenza MC and Quintet MC series offer several cartridges to fulfill various needs and budgets. Following an easy scheme starting with Mono and Red as the most basic and affordable models, the series moves through Blue, Bronze and finally, Black.
Supporting their wide selection of cartridges, Ortofon designs and manufactures a range of tonearm cables, stylus guards, and replacement styli—always ensure you purchase the genuine article by recognizing the large Ortofon logo on the stylus body.