Cadenza Red

A touch of warmth

MC Cadenza Red

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 Red delivers open, dynamic sound with a touch of warmth.


Spacious and homogeneous

Accuracy level

The sound picture of the Cadenza Red is relaxed, homogeneous, and moderately dynamic and has great space and depth in the stereo image.

The Cadenza Red model is using a Nude Fine Line stylus with a cylindrical aluminium cantilever. The stylus tip 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.

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 Red delivers open, dynamic sound with a touch of warmth.

Positive Feedback August 2016

"... in the case of the Ortofon Cadenza Red, I can tell you without a doubt that you are getting what you pay for ... of that I am 100% certain. My first impression of the Cadenza Red is this cartridge has an astonishingly natural portrayal of the midrange, and this sole characteristic would make it worth owning ...

... There is indeed a separation between good and great moving coil cartridges, and the Cadenza Red is certainly in the field where the excellent ones reside in ...

... The Cadenza Red is never a cartridge that is in a hurry so to speak, as it encourages a person to experience every facet of an album and enjoy it on many different levels ...

... The Red is intended to be liquid, refined, flowing, with a slightly burnished warmth that is easy to get hooked on ...

... The design team at Ortofon has done a splendid job voicing the Cadenza Red and creating a cartridge that is inviting and easy to listen to yet capable of presenting the entire palette of shading and texture that may be captured in a recording. This cartridge is a wonderful find for those hobbyists who value an emotionally involving listening experience where the highlights are tone, harmonic density, and a rich presentation ..."

John Hoffman


  • Channel balance at 1 kHz
    < 1,5 dB
  • Output voltage at 1 kHz, 5cm/sec
    450 μV
  • Channel seperation at 1 kHz
    > 23 dB
  • Channel seperation at 15 kHz
    > 15 dB
  • Frequency response 20 Hz - 20 kHz
    +3/-1 dB
  • Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force
    80 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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