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Ortofon MC Quintet Blue

The Quintet Blue is a very homogeneous cartridge

The Quintet Blue's sound image will tend to more smooth reproduction compared to Quintet Red and moderate dynamic strength compared to Quintet Bronze.

It features a Nude Elliptical diamond mounted on an aluminium cantilever.

The Quintet Blue will bring more space, depth and detail into the sound and is a very good choice for any kind of music, especially rhythmic.

The ST-7 transformer is a perfect match for the MC Quintet Blue cartridge.

LH-4000 headshell is especially recommended for MC Quintet cartridges series.

MC Quintet Blue accessories included the package

    • 1 x Stylus brush
    • 1 x Screwdriver
    • 2 x Screw M2,5 x 5

    MC Quintet Blue Technical data

    • Output voltage at 1 kHz 5 cm/sec - 0.5 mV
    • Channel balance - < 1.5 dB
    • Channel separation at 1 kHz - > 21 dB
    • Channel separation at 15 kHz - > 14 dB
    • Frequency range at -3 dB - 20-25.000 Hz
    • Frequency response 20-20.000 Hz - +/-2.5 dB
    • Tracking ability at 315 Hz at recommended tracking force *) - 70 μm
    • Compliance, dynamic, lateral - 15 μm/mN
    • Stylus type - Nude Elliptical
    • Stylus tip radius - r/R 8/18 μm
    • Tracking force range - 2.1-2.5 g (21-25 mN)
    • Tracking force recommended - 2.3 g (23 mN)
    • Tracking angle - 20º
    • Internal impedance, DC resistance - 7 Ohm
    • Recommended load impedance - >20 Ohm
    • Cartridge body material - ABS/Aluminium
    • Coil wire material - Pure 4-nines copper
    • Cartridge colour - Blue
    • Cartridge weight - 9 g

    Compatibility with Rega brand TT/TA: 

    REGA brand cartridges’ height from stylus tip to the top cartridge mounting surface is lower than standard. Therefore you would need spacers to ensure the correct set-up of the Ortofon cartridge. Please read about cartridge set-up and alignment on tonearm on our FAQ. 

    Adjusting the height of your Rega tonearm is easy with Acoustic Signature's Spacer Set. It allows you to adjust the height from 0.5 mm to 3.5 mm in precise steps of 0.5 mm - without removing the tonearm. Simply loosen the screws, insert the AS-spacer, then lock the screws back down, and your tonearm is ready to play.

    3.2 - 4 mm spacers should be enough for Quintet cartridge.


    What Hi-Fi? Awards 2019 winner in the category "A modestly priced moving coil cartridge"

    What Hi-Fi July 2019

    " If you’re after an affordable moving coil cartridge, we haven’t heard a better option than the Quintet Blue.

    Detailed and precise presentation, expressive dynamics, easy to fit."


    Given a suitably capable system we have no doubt the Ortofon Quintet Blue will impress. It’s a well-balanced design with no obvious weaknesses. If you’ve always hankered after a moving coil cartridge we can’t think of an alternative we prefer. Buy this one with confidence.


    Sound 5

    Compatibility 5

    Build 5

    Read the review here:  

    TNT USA October 2015

    Reviewed by Todd Bromgard

    "...The Quintet Blue has few faults, particularly at its price point. It plays relatively neutral, without obvious colorations or frequency dips, and strikes a good balance between musical and analytical. While it's not the last word in resolving power, it is detailed, dynamic and casts a three-dimension soundstage. Its weaknesses are apparent only when compared to more expensive cartridges. Happily, I have been listening to the Quintet Blue for several months and it continues to be a satisfying performer. Highly recommended!"

    Hi-Fi Choice October 2014

    Reviewed and tested by Andrew Simpson

    Verdict: Superb sounding all-rounder that shows analogue at its best. Excellent value.

    "... It offers the most comprehensive and enjoyable performance with all music, showing Ortofon has clearly hit upon another magic formula... presents all the detail in the track with real dynamism … its soundstage is expansive left to right…and it also possesses a greater talent for bringing instruments within it to life...

    …Each instrument gets the space to let its notes grow, which it knits together into a cohesive whole, revealing its measured and neutral presentation…

    …Bass is well articulated and evenly presented without being overly emphasized or rolling off too early, making its presence and detail felt without becoming overwhelming on more demanding bass-heavy music."

    Ease of use

    Top-mounting of the Quintet cartridges is easy and secure using the screws supplied. The aluminium frame has threaded mounting holes and is fitted easily with the 5mm or 7mm screws depending on the thickness of the headshell.  

    The Quintet series’ right angles, straight lines, stylus visibility and ample distance between the record surface and the cartridge’s bottom will make it easy to mount and align the cartridge and tonearm correctly. The Quintet Series gives excellent results with most common tonearms.

    The Quintet Story

    Nothing demonstrates Ortofon's long-standing resilience more than its commitment to the refinement of analogue sound quality and its continued development of new cartridge models.  Since 1948 Ortofon has introduced about 100 different Moving Coil models. We believe the cartridges in this new series are more than worthy successors to the long line of models that has made Ortofon the global leader in the manufacture and supply of phono cartridges.

    The MC Quintet Series is a direct result of our continued research and innovation

    The MC Quintet Series is congruent with Ortofon’s unrelenting commitment to providing the most precise and accurate reproduction possible without colouration:

    A special ABS (Acrylonitrile/Butadiene/Styrene) thermoplastic material is used for manufacturing of the body. This light-weight, impact-resistant material is very suitable for injection-moulding and provides a very durable scratch resistant surface.

    Neodymium magnets are implemented to achieve optimal output.

    Low internal impedance makes the cartridge less sensitive to load and therefore ensures compatibility with the widest range of preamps and transformers.

    It is our aim to bring our customers many hours of new and surprising experiences in listening to their precious vinyl collection.

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