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MC Quintet Red

Enter the Exclusive world of Ortofon’s famous moving coil sound!

The Quintet Red is a perfect introduction to the world of Ortofon moving coils.
It features an Elliptical diamond which is cut and polished to Ortofon’s standards.

This entry-level MC cartridge has very high price-to-performance ratio and is a perfect all-rounder for the newcomers to the world of Moving Coil cartridges.

MC Quintet Red is an all-purpose cartridge that delivers open, dynamic sound with a slight touch of warmth.

The ST-7 transformer is a perfect match for the MC Quintet Red cartridge.

LH-4000 headshell is specially recommended for MC Quintet cartridges series. 


The readers of the German HiFi magazine STEREOPLAY voted for the best Hi-Fi products of the year.
With votes coming in from across Germany, the MC Quintet Red won in the category MC phono cartridges. 

Ease of use

Top-mounting of the Quintet cartridges is easy and secure using the screws supplied. The aluminuim frame has threaded mounting holes and is fitted easily with the 5mm or 7mm screws depending on the thickness of the headshell.  

The Quintet series’ right angles, straight lines, stylus visibility and ample distance between the record surface and the cartridge’s bottom will make it easy to mount and align the cartridge and tonearm correctly. The Quintet Series gives excellent results with most common tonearms.


Features & Specifications

Output voltage at 1 kHz 5 cm/sec

0.5 mV

Channel balance 

< 1.5 dB

Channel separation at 1 kHz 

> 21 dB

Channel separation at 15 kHz 

> 14 dB

Frequency response 20-20.000 Hz 

+/-2.5 dB

Tracking ability at 315 Hz at recommended tracking force *) 

65 μm

Compliance, dynamic, lateral 

15 μm/mN

Stylus type


Stylus tip radius 

r/R 8/18 μm

Tracking force range 

2.1-2.5 g (21-25 mN)

Tracking force recommended 

2.3 g (23 mN)

Tracking angle 


Internal impedance, DC resistance 

7 Ohm

Recommended load impedance 

>20 Ohm

Cartridge body material 


Coil wire material 


Cartridge colour 


Cartridge weight 

9 g

Compatibility with Rega brand TT/TA: 
REGA brand cartridges’ height from stylus tip to the top cartridge mounting surface is lower than standard. Therefore you would need spacers to ensure the correct set-up of the Ortofon cartridge. Please read about cartridge set-up and alignment on tonearm on our FAQ. 
Adjusting the height of your Rega tonearm is easy with Acoustic Signature's Spacer Set. It allows you to adjust the height from 0.5 mm to 3.5 mm in precise steps of 0.5 mm - without removing the tone arm. Simply loosen the screws, insert the AS-spacer, then lock the screws back down, and you're tonearm is ready to play.
3.2 - 4 mm spacers should be enough for Quintet cartridge. 

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