Cadenza Mono

A touch of warmth

MC Cadenza Mono

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 Mono is a true mono cartridge for playing mono microgroove vinyl records


Enjoy authentic mono play-back

Accuracy level

Find your old records as well as new micro groove mono records and experience the Cadenza Mono!

The Cadenza Mono model is made with a Nude Fine Line stylus and a cylindrical aluminium cantilever. The stylus radius is r/R 8/40 µm.The coils are made from 6NX (99.9999 %) pure silver wire. An improved winding process on the armature allows a better channel balance. For easy use, the pins are connected so you get the same signal from both pairs of connecting pins.

Sharing internal build with the Cadenza Red and with optimized adjustments for mono playback the sound is relaxed, homogeneous, and moderate.

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 Mono is a true mono cartridge for playing mono microgroove vinyl records.

Hi-Fi World May 2011

"... Tonal qualities of the instruments were nicely textured and displayed ...

... found the Mono seemed unperturbed by musical genre and tracked perfectly through the most worn and damaged records that I could find ...

... If you have many monophonic records ... then a dedicated mono cartridge is most definately the best way to play them ... The results are tightly timed, awash with musical detail and colour ... undisturbed by sonic nasties ... An insightful, detailed, and musical cartridge..."

Tony Bolton

Hi-Fi World


  • Output voltage at 1 kHz, 5cm/sec
    450 μV
  • Frequency response 20 Hz - 20 kHz
    +3/-1 dB
  • Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force
    70 μm
  • Compliance, dynamic, lateral
    12 μm/mN
  • Stylus type
    Nude fine line on Al. cantilever
  • Stylus tip radius
    r/R 8/40
  • 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
    50-500 Ohm
  • Cartridge body material
    Stainless steel Aluminium
  • Cartridge colour
  • Cartridge weight
    10.7 g

Incredible sound

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