Optimal fit and sound reproduction


OM 5E features Elliptical stylus that provides balanced and distortion-free playback.

If your tonearm has a standard headshell or a cartridge mount, then step up to optimal sound reproduction with OMs. A glance at any one of these cartridges will reveal Ortofon's answer to perfect tonearm matching. Ingeniously tucked into the top of the mounting bracket is a tiny, removable weight-plate.

If your tonearm is a standard tonearm, just leave the weight-plate. If your tonearm is one of the low mass types, then simply remove the weight. The mass of your OM cartridge is now a mere 2.5g.


A great match for your home system

Styli types and interchangeability

By adopting a wide range of replacement styli, the OM 5 Series can provide an optimum match for your home system, application, and budget.

In the development of OM cartridges, a major objective was to provide the music lover with the opportunity to optimize sound reproduction without having to replace the entire cartridge. Instead of being merely intended for replacement purposes following wear or damage, the OM 5 Series allows you to step up to better sound by simply upgrading the stylus.

Depending on your preference, styli for the OM 5 Series are easily interchanged and include: styli 3E, 5E, 10, 20, 30, 40 & 78 and D 25 M. 

The OM 5 Series

The Ortofon OM 5 series encompasses three basic cartridges: OM 5SOM 5E and Super OM 5E.

  • The series is the lowest-mass range of moving magnet cartridges offered by Ortofon.
  • The OM cartridges bodies have been designed to provide easy mounting and alignment on both top mount and bottom mount headshells.
  • The OM 5 Series provides excellent compatibility when used in an assortment of playback systems and with a wide variety of phono preamps.


Ortofon have been refining the tech behind their finest moving coil cartirdge for more than a few years now, and the results fully warrant the effort involved. It's hard to say what the nano tube suspension has added to the mix, but this is a superb cartirdge that extracts more detail from the groove than most. It's high mass and low output require careful partnering for maximum thrill power, but even in less than perfect systems, results are in another league. Give it the right turntable and amplification, and I'll warrant that it's up there with the very best in vinyl cosmos.

Jason Kennedy


HiFi Statement

... be prepared for never-before-heard details, a huge space, powerful timbres, gripping rhythmic accents, a well-defined, melodic bass, and, above all, a homogeneity in which the aforementioned individual aspects are to be discovered. A dream for experienced analog connoisseurs!

Dirk Sommer



  • Channel balance at 1 kHz
    2 dB
  • Output voltage at 1 kHz, 5cm/sec
    4 mV
  • Channel seperation at 1 kHz
    22 dB
  • Channel seperation at 15 kHz
    15 dB
  • Frequency response 20 Hz - 20 kHz
    20-20.000 Hz + 3 / -3
  • Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force
    60 µm
  • Compliance, dynamic, lateral
    20 µm/mN
  • Stylus type
  • Stylus tip radius
    r/R 8/18 µm
  • Tracking force range
    1.5-2.0 g (15-20 mN)
  • Tracking force, recommended
    1.75 g (17.5 mN)
  • Tracking angle
  • Internal impedance, DC resistance
    750 Ohm
  • Cartridge colour
  • Cartridge weight
    incl. extra weight 5 g, excl. extra weight 2.5 g
  • Recommended load resistance
    47 kOhm
  • Internal inductance
    450 mH
  • Recommended load capacitance
    200-500 pF
  • Replacement stylus

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