The Ortofon Replicant 100 - the finest diamond in the world
One of the preconditions for linear reproduction with a wide frequency range and optimal tracking performance is a diamond - the shape of which is as close as possible to the original cutting stylus. As in the former the MC A90, MC Windfeld, Xpression, and MC Anna cartridges, the MC A95 makes use of Ortofon’s Replicant 100 diamond, known for its thin and light profile and extraordinarily large contact surface. Since the Replicant 100 is closest to the shape of the cutting stylus, it can trace with accuracy unparalleled by any other needle in existence. Special polishing of the diamond along with the use of a Boron cantilever offer remarkable transparency, speed, and responsiveness beyond that of any other combination.
With proper care, we find that up to 1000 hours is possible without degradation of performance. The stylus does begin to exhibit changes after 1,000 hours, but the stylus life as a whole is expected to top 2,000 hours.
Proper care comprises the following:
1) Cleaning of record by means of stylus fibre brush before and after every use. Cleaning of record by using record cleaning machine once in a while. 2) Cleaning of stylus by means of a fine antistatic brush. Please remember to remove dust from the diamond tip before and after playback of each record. 3) Proper adjustment of antiskating, azimuth, and tracking force.