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Ortofon MC Century Cartridge (Pre-Order)
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Limited To 100 Pieces Worldwide
The MC Century represents the absolute top of Moving Coil cartridges. This state of the art product is truly exemplary of the highest degree of performance possible in contemporary analogue playback technology.
The MC Century represents numerous Ortofon design elements and ideals:
- The housing and the body of the cartridge are made in Titanium with SLM technique.
- High performance iron-cobalt alloy is applied for some parts of the magnet system.
- The armature damping system provides complete elimination of unwanted resonance.
- Ortofon Replicant 100 diamond, thin and light, with an extraordinarily large contact surface, tracing accuracy unparalleled by any other needle in existence.
- The crystal structure and exceptional hardness of the new Diamond cantilever ensures the best possible interface between the stylus and the armature.
- The combination of Nude Ortofon Replicant 100 diamond on Diamond cantilever provides extremely responsive and transparent sound reproduction.
Advancements in technologyAn engineering feature adding to the damping capability of the MC Century cartridge is the Selective Laser Melting process in which 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 resonances existing in the cartridge body material and allows for the MC Century to be perfectly matched with an extremely wide array of different tonearms.
Because of the nature of SLM-based construction, each cartridge body is cosmetically unique and will show small dimples or lines under close examination.
Extremely high-end materialsUsing expensive ultrapure oxygen free copper allows for zero-loss transmission of the diamonds movements via Diamond cantilever. This combination combines low moving mass with an extremely high degree of rigidity.
The specially designed precision moulded non-magnetic armature achieves an extreme precision in each coil turn in all layers. The armature design allows a very well defined interface to the rubber absorbers. The material applied for the armature has very high strength and rigidity.
The bottom cover has been constructed from a special proprietary TPE (Thermo-Plastic Elastomer) material, which provides extremely high damping.
A low output impedance of 6 ohm and a low output voltage of 0.2 mV makes the Ortofon MC Century a perfect partner for most step-up transformers as well as active MC pre-amps, including the Ortofon ST-80 SE.$12,000.00Moving Coil Phono 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.