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Find the
right cartridge

The impact of cartridges on your audio experience

The responsibility
of the cartridge

Choosing the perfect cartridge for your turntable can be a daunting task, with a multitude of options and considerations. Yet, the right cartridge is pivotal, as it translates the grooves on your vinyl records into a captivating soundstage that elevates your listening experience.

What cartridge
for my turntable?

Selecting the perfect cartridge for your turntable depends on several factors, including your turntable's specifications, your budget, and your personal preferences. Start by checking your turntable's compatibility with different cartridge types (e.g., moving magnet or moving coil) and ensure that the cartridge you choose aligns with your system setup.

Consider factors such as stylus options and sound quality when making your decision. Ultimately, the right cartridge for your turntable is one that complements your listening preferences and enhances your overall audio experience.

Will any cartridge fit any turntable?

While many turntables are compatible with a wide range of cartridges, it's essential to check compatibility before making a purchase. Turntables may have specific requirements regarding cartridge type, mounting style, and tonearm compatibility. Before buying a cartridge, consult your turntable's manual or manufacturer's specifications to ensure compatibility.

Consider the format and connector type: Half-inch mount cartridges have larger pins connecting to four individual wires at the tonearm's end, secured with two screws spaced 1/2” apart. Direct baronet connector cartridges plug directly into the tonearm's end, secured with a single screw.

Mocing Coil or Moving Magnet?

How do I choose
the right cartridge?

When selecting your turntable's cartridge, it's crucial to think about future possibilities like stylus replacement.

A cartridge with a replaceable stylus offers the advantage of effortless upgrades down the line. To ensure compatibility with such an option, we suggest considering a Moving Magnet cartridge.

If you're pursuing an extraordinary musical journey, we wholeheartedly recommend delving into the realm of Moving Coil cartridges.

Learn more about cartridge types

Dive into the
world of cartridges

Delve into the principles of Moving Magnet and Moving Coil cartridges to determine the perfect fit for your demands.

  • Discover why Moving Magnet cartridges continue to be a popular choice among vinyl enthsiast.

  • Explore Moving Coil cartridges and why they are preferred by audiophiles worldwide.

Find what you need

Select replacement cartridges

Easily find the replacement cartridge for your home system.


Tipped or Nude Stylus?

The high-quality Ortofon styli are made from diamonds and can be divided into two types of constructions: Tipped and Nude diamonds. A tipped or bonded diamond is where the diamond tip is mounted on a metal shank.

Nude diamonds, on the other hand, weigh less than their tipped counterparts, leading to enhanced responsiveness, greater detail, and reduced distortion. The most advanced Hi-Fi cartridges from Ortofon utilize pure Nude diamonds for optimal audio performance.

Learn more by downloading our "Everything you need to know about Phono Cartridges" brochure.

Getting into the groove

Diamond shapes

There are several different diamond shapes with various properties, and each of them are crucial factors for sound quality:
Spherical shaped diamonds (also called conical shape), Elliptical diamonds, Fine-Line diamonds, and Line contact styli (Shibata, Ortofon Replicant 100 and Fritz Gyger 70).

Learn more about diamond shapes in our video series "What makes a cartridge good?".

Matching Cartridges
with Tonearms

An essential aspect of choosing the right cartridge is ensuring compatibility with your turntable's tonearm. The total effective mass of the tonearm, which includes the cartridge and headshell, must be considered. To maintain a cartridge/tonearm system resonance frequency within the acceptable range of 7 to 12 Hz, whereas 10 Hz is recommended, it is necessary to choose a cartridge with the mass and compliance matching the tonearm.

Tonearm mass and cartridge compliance

The resonance frequency can be calculated by using the formula: F = 1000 : (2 x π x √ (M x C)) 
F - Cartridge resonance frequency in Hz

π - 3.14159265359...

C - Cartridge compliance lateral in µm/mN

M - Total tonearm system mass, which is the sum of the Mass of the cartridge, mass of the headshell and screws, and the Effective mass of the tonearm (all values in grams).

  • Resonance frequency within 7-12 Hz is optimal for the system.
  • Resonance frequency slightly outside the optimal interval 6.5-7 Hz and 12-14 Hz can be considered an option that might be used without problems.
  • Resonance frequency outside the interval 6.5-7 Hz and 12-14 Hz is questionable, and the system might not work properly.


  • High compliance cartridges

    A cartridge with compliance in the range of 10 to 20 µm/mN is moderate compliance cartridge, and a cartridge with a compliance value above 35µm/mN is a very high compliance cartridge.

    Low mass arms match well with both moderately high and very high compliance phono cartridges. A tonearm whose effective mass is rated at 10 grams or below is considered low mass (e.g., early SME’s and Grace 747).

  • Low compliance cartridges

    A phono cartridge with the compliance in the range of 5 to 10 µm/mN is considered as a very low compliance cartridge. Moderate mass tonearms are good companions for moderate to low compliance cartridges.

    A tonearm whose effective mass is rated between 11 and 25 grams is considered moderate mass (e.g., SME IV, IV, V, VI, Triplanar, Graham). Arms above 25 grams of mass are high mass in nature (Eminent Technology, Dynavector).