Ortofon Cadenza Red

Product Code: ORC036


ex-vat: £ 832.50

The Cadenza series of cartridges represents an update of the acclaimed and highly successful Kontrapunkt series. The Ortofon Cadenza Red is the entry model of the range. It features a nude fine line stylus with a tip radius of r/R 8/40 µm, mounted on a cylindrical aluminium cantilever. The coils are made from 6NX (99.9999 %) pure silver wire.

Ortofon describes the sound of the Cadenza Red as “more relaxed, homogeneous and moderately dynamic” than the Cadenza Blue, with “great space and depth in the stereo image.”

Press Reviews

“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…”



Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5 cm/sec
0.45 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz
< 1.5 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz
> 23 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz
> 15 dB
Frequency range at -3 dB
20 Hz to 50 kHz
Frequency response
20 Hz to 20 kHz, -3 dB
Tracking ability at 315 Hz at recommended tracking force
80 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral
12 µm/mN
Stylus type
Nude fine line
Stylus tip radius
r/R 8/40 µm
Tracking force range
2.2 to 2.7 g (22 to 27 mN)
Recommended tracking force
2.5 g (25 mN)
Tracking angle
Internal impedance, DC resistance
5 Ohms
Recommended load impedance
5 to 500 Ohms
Cartridge body material
Stainless steel/aluminium
Cartridge colour
Cartridge weight
10.7 g