True high-end

MC Cadenza Bronze

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 Bronze adds even more details and resolution but in a very evenhanded way that pays respect to all elements

A reference cartridge

Accuracy level

The Cadenza Bronze is a true high-end reference cartridge, conveying music with supreme precision, impact, and dynamics.

The Cadenza Bronze model is using a Replicant 100 stylus and a conical aluminium cantilever.The coil wire is the famous Ortofon Aucurum wire, which is a gold-plated 6NX copper wire.

Field Stabilizing Element (FSE) is used for optimal linearity especially during complex crescendo passages.

The Cadenza Bronze stereo imaging capabilities illuminate the farthest corners of the soundstage in all three dimensions.

Push the performance

The Cadenza series

At Ortofon, we constantly look for new technology to be used in our products and push the performance of existing technology. Thus we assure the highest level of performance and quality. The Kontrapunkt models and MC Jubilee became market standards and are among our most popular cartridges. Nevertheless, Ortofon decided to develop a new cartridge series that is even more ambitious.

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 Bronze adds even more details and resolution but in a very evenhanded way that pays respect to all elements.

A top flight

... The Cadenza Bronze is certainly a top flight cartridge, and its performance reflects Ortofons substantial engineering resources and manufacturing experience ...
... Cadenza Bronze is an excellent tracking cartridge, and its ability to minimize surface noise will be an attribute that can be appreciated by any perspective owner ....

John Hoffman

Positive Feedback ISSUE 51 September-October 2010

Invites to
listen for hours

... The Bronze certainly has the ability to extract all the fine detail contained in a recording and excels at all the audiophile approved tasks. Performers are clearly defined, tonal balance is evenly reproduced, and dynamic contrasts are faithfully recreated. The touch of warmth that Ortofon have infused into the design results in a cartridge with an easy going nature, which invites a person to listen for hours on end ...

John Hoffman

Positive Feedback ISSUE 51 September-October 2010

Enchanting homogeneity

Anyone who wants to listen to completely stress-free and heartwarming music for a long time will tend to be happy with the Enchanting homogeneity of the (MC Cadenza - red.) Bronze.

Josef Bruckmoser



  • Channel balance at 1 kHz
    < 1 dB
  • Output voltage at 1 kHz, 5cm/sec
    400 μV
  • Channel seperation at 1 kHz
    > 24 dB
  • Channel seperation at 15 kHz
    > 20 dB
  • Frequency response 20 Hz - 20 kHz
    +/- 1,5
  • Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force
    80 μm
  • Compliance, dynamic, lateral
    12 μm/mN
  • Stylus type
    Nude Ortofon Replicant on Conical alu.
  • Stylus tip radius
    r/R 5/100
  • 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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