The Ortofon's greatest phono cartridge ever, the MC Diamond delivers recorded music like you’ve never heard it before
Ortofon aspires to provide the ultimate musical experience through a mixture of innovation, technical expertise and inspiration. This new state of the art phono cartridge, representative of numerous Ortofon design elements and ideals, is truly exemplary of the highest degree of performance possible in contemporary analogue playback technology.
Featuring a titanium body, optimized magnet system, diamond cantilever and a new rubber suspension, the MC Diamond provides an entirely new level of experience for audiophiles.
“This is recorded music like you’ve never heard it before – the most authentic vinyl experience in the world”, - said by Leif Johannsen, Ortofon’s Chief Officer of Acoustics and Research.
Ortofon's quest for Accuracy in sound and Authenticity of experience
For more than a century, Ortofon has been on a quest for accuracy in sound and authenticity of experience.
Driven by our core passions for engineering, innovation and craftsmanship, everything we do is rooted in a desire to create the world’s best phonograph cartridges, so that you can do more than just listen to the music, you love.
At Ortofon, we want you to feel the music:
• every instrument
• every voice
• every note
Newly enhanced rubber suspension
For the new MC Diamond cartridge, the Ortofon Wide Range Damping System (WRD) has been re-engineered to include an enhanced rubber suspension, specially developed in-house.
The WRD system was originally introduced in the MC 20 Mk II in 1979 and was also subsequently used in the MC A90, MC Windfeld, Xpression, MC Anna, MC Anna Diamond and MC Century phono cartridges. In this system, a small, heavy platinum disc is sandwiched between two rubber absorbers, both with different properties. This ensures not only an exceptional tracking performance, but also creates a perfect damping through the entire frequency spectrum. Because of this, distortion and resonance are virtually eliminated entirely.
The new rubber compound formula is based on the Multi Wall Carbon Nano Tube (MWCNT) highly efficient nano filler. The new MWCNT-based compound offers desirable mechanical properties, which allow for optimal interaction between compliance and damping, that improves stability and playback and ensures unparalleled sound quality.
The cartridge body of the MC Diamond is made of titanium using our custom Selective Laser Melting (SLM) technique. This technique allows for precise control of the density of the body, which provides extremely high internal damping, and results in a significant reduction in vibrations and enhanced sound quality.
The MC Diamond’s magnet system combines choice materials, optimized geometry, and unrivaled consistency that deliver unmatched performance. Together with the non-magnetic armature, the result is vivid, highly-accurate audio reproductions defined by nearly boundless dimensionality.
Replicant 100 Diamond
The MC Diamond makes use of Ortofon Replicant 100 diamond. This Line Contact type stylus distinguishes itself by having a narrow and long contact surface, which is as close as possible to the original cutting stylus. This ensures the most accurate reproduction, lowest distortion and extended frequency range.
NB: The stylus guard provided for the MC Diamond is designed to be easily replaced and removed without risking contact to the fragile stylus assembly. To avoid accidental damage to the stylus or cantilever please mount the enclosed stylus guard onto the cartridge whenever the cartridge is not in use. The stylus guard should also be attached during mounting or removal of the cartridge.
The MC Diamond uses a solid Diamond Cantilever that, in combination with Ortofon Replicant 100 diamond, offers extreme transparency, speed, and responsiveness beyond any other combination. A solid Diamond cantilever provides the best possible interface between the stylus and armature, owing to its hardness and crystal structure. The improvements found in the use of a Diamond cantilever have redefined the boundaries of analogue reproduction, presenting greater inner detail, subtlety, and depth like never before.
Review quotes and awards
By Jason Kennedy
"Ortofon have been refining the tech behind their finest moving coil cartirdge for more than a few years now and the results fully warrent 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."
By Dirk Sommer
"...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!"
By Adam Smith
"...I don't think I've heard another pick-up so effortlessly gifted across the board.
...if you really want to hear what's in your precious vinyl grooves, you should make sure you audition the MC Diamond."
...the MC Diamond has the gift of generating a wide but incredibly focused soundstage that sets up a huge 3D sonic picture. To call this performance 'immersive' would be something of an understatement.
...And the bass? Oh my goodness, the bass. The sheer power and weight that this pick-up offers up had me grinning from ear to ear.
...the MC Diamond lays just about the best sonic foundation I have encountered.
...With the MC Diamond, Ortofon has advanced the cartridge game once more.
...this Diamond is definitely my new best friend."
Winner of the Stereo Sound Grand Prix 2023
Stereo Sound Winter 2023 No, 225
Features & Specifications
Output voltage at 1 kHz, 5cm/sec.
Channel balance at 1 kHz
Channel separation at 1 kHz
Channel separation at 15 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz +/-2 dB
Tracking ability at 315 Hz at recommended tracking force
Compliance, dynamic, lateral
Special polished Nude Ortofon Replicant 100 on Diamond Cantilever
Stylus tip radius
r/R 5/100 µm
Tracking force range
2.5-2.8 g (25-28 mN)
Tracking force, recommended
2.6 g (26 mN)
Internal impedance, DC resistance
Recommended load impedance
> 10 Ohm
Coil wire material
Ultra pure oxygen free copper
Cartridge body material