Cadenza Blue

Tremendous clarity

Tremendous clarity

MC Cadenza Blue

Cadenza, derived from the Italian word "cadence," designates a segment within a musical performance, typically a concert, where the orchestra ceases its play, allowing the soloist to perform independently, unrestrained by a strict rhythmic pattern.

This solo passage, known to as a cadenza typically showcases the most ornate and virtuosic passage performed by the solo instrument throughout the composition. As the cadenza concludes, the orchestra resumes its presence, often bringing the movement to its culmination.

MC Cadenza Blue adds more dynamics and resolution, sounds more open and reproduces more details. 


High performance

Accuracy level

The Cadenza Blue is true to the music with a tremendous clarity.

The Cadenza Blue model is using a Nude FG 70 stylus with a very thin ruby cantilever.The coils are made from 6NX (99.9999 %) pure silver wire. An improved winding process on the armature allows a better channel balance.

The soundstage of the Cadenza Blue is wide open and grandiose straight out of the box. Micro dynamic and ambience will be evident when listening to complex compositions. It reaches a very high degree of definition in the perspective, which is very present.

Push the performance

The Cadenza series

At Ortofon, we perpetually seek fresh technologies to incorporate into our products, driving the advancement of current technologies. This commitment ensures the attainment of the utmost performance and quality. The Kontrapunkt models and MC Jubilee have set benchmarks in the market, emerging as some of our most sought-after cartridges. Yet, in spite of this success, Ortofon has chosen to embark on the development of a novel cartridge series that aspires to even greater heights.

Each of the five Cadenza Series cartridges has its own individual sonic expression, and all five models together represent the ensemble of five classic variations.

The MC Cadenza Blue adds more dynamics and resolution, sounds more open, and reproduces more details.

Hi-Fi News March 2010

"… if you want a cartridge to give you detail, space, integrity and vitality, and fresh insights into every old-favorite LP you put on, the Cadenza Blue will do just fine ... "

Steve Harris

Hi-Fi News

Positive Feedback Issue 98, July 2018

"... The Cadenza Blue is created to maximize detail retrieval from a record and yet accomplish this task without skewing the frequency response or creating unnatural phase shifts that result in the facade of heightened resolution. Even though the Blue is a remarkably detailed cartridge, it does not sacrifice the integrity of the music to accomplish this. ..."

"... Another attribute of the Cadenza Blue that I find captivating is how this cartridge portrays space ... The Cadenza Blue keeps this aspect of the recording tightly focused, and it is possible to listen to the reflected vocals as clearly as you do the initial phrasing ... In some ways listening to the emptiness of the room adds another dimension to the music, and the Cadenza Blue allows a listener to hear space and the blackness between the played notes in a way that helps define the music. A gifted composer uses the attributes of silence and time between notes as an element of the composition, and the Cadenza Blue faithfully reproduces these aspects of the music for us to hear ..."

"...there are those rare instances where you encounter a component that expresses the organic nature of music in a way that galvanizes your listening experience. The Ortofon Cadenza Blue does this for me, and I willingly admit to being enchanted with the abilities of this cartridge..."

John Hoffman


  • Channel balance at 1 kHz
    < 1,2 dB
  • Output voltage at 1 kHz, 5cm/sec
    500 μV
  • Channel seperation at 1 kHz
    > 23 dB
  • Channel seperation at 15 kHz
    > 15 dB
  • Frequency response 20 Hz - 20 kHz
    +2/-1 dB
  • Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force
    80 μm
  • Compliance, dynamic, lateral
    12 μm/mN
  • Stylus type
    Nude FG 70 on Ruby cantilever
  • Stylus tip radius
    r/R 6/70
  • Tracking force range
    2,2-2,7 g
  • Tracking force, recommended
    2,5 g
  • Tracking angle
  • Internal impedance, DC resistance
    5 Ohm
  • Recommended load impedance
    50-200 Ohm
  • Cartridge body material
    Stainless steel Aluminium
  • Cartridge colour
  • Cartridge weight
    10.7 g

Incredible sound

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