Ortofon Mc Windfeld Ti Cartridge Available Now

Review - Ortofon MC Winfeld TI

Ortofon MC Winfeld TI

Ortofon Mc Windfeld Ti Cartridge Available Now
T he MC Windfeld cartridge from Ortofon has been a resounding high-end success, since its original introduction in 2008. But Ortofon are not one to rest on their laurels, and so they’ve decided to re-design the cartridge (named after their long-standing ex-Chief Engineer) to incorporate some of the Danish experts’ latest and greatest technologies.

The MC Windfeld Ti boasts a titanium SLM core, which makes the cartridge light, rigid and resistive to any unwanted resonances. Combined with its other premium characteristics, the result is a highly musical, true-to-the-recording cartridge that oozes prestige from the moment you unwrap it.

In 2008, Ortofon honoured Per Windfeld with the release of the MC Windfeld cartridge. Mr Windfeld worked with Ortofon for over thirty years, during his time as Chief Engineer becoming widely recognised in the industry as a true hi-fi visionary. Since his retirement, Ortofon has continued to grow as a company into an internationally acclaimed micro-mechanical powerhouse. So nearly ten years after the original release, the decision has now been taken to update the MC Windfeld with the very latest technologies.

The MC Windfeld Ti is a moving coil (MC) phono cartridge built into a new and improved cartridge body. Sharing obvious similarities with the high-end Cadenza Series, the central band of the MC Windfeld Ti body is made using a revolutionary Selective Laser Melting (SLM) manufacturing technology, also used by Ortofon on the flagship MC Anna cartridge. The technology uses Titanium to increase the overall rigidity of the cartridge body, eliminating unwanted vibrations within the cartridge and increasing the dynamic capability.

Inside the MC Windfeld Ti, Ortofon employ a series of advanced technologies – many developed entirely in-house – to deliver a true high-end performance...

Like the flagship MC Anna cartridge, the MC Windfeld Ti makes use of “the finest diamond in the world”. The Ortofon Replicant 100 boasts a thin and light profile, with an impressively long vertical contact surface making it as close as possible to an original record cutting stylus. By specially polishing the stylus and then mounting it onto a boron cantilever, the cartridge can offer remarkable transparency, speed, and responsiveness beyond that of any other combination.

The stylus and cantilever are connected into a compact, lightweight generator system based around a powerful neodymium magnet and Ortofon's Aucurum 6NX oxygen-free copper coil wire. The specially designed armature used inside the system has low magnetic properties for uninhibited tracking of the cantilever’s movements. An additional Field-Stabilizing Element (FSE) is also placed inside the system to prevent the magnetic field from fluctuating, which allows for improved channel separation, zero transmission loss and greater sound-staging with more space between the performers.

The cantilever also passes through a suspension system aided by Ortofon’s Wide Range Damping (WRD) system, in which a small, heavy platinum disc is sandwiched between two rubber absorbers with different properties for exceptional tracking performance and perfect damping throughout the frequency range. The result is a distortion-free performance with an exceptionally linear frequency response.

Thanks to these advanced properties, the MC Windfeld Ti is a cartridge that delivers a lifelike, dynamic and open sound with exceedingly clear midrange. Yet even though it retrieves the finest micro-dynamic details, the whole performance is delivered in a delicate, extremely musical tone.

Installation is made easy thanks to the clear markings on the cartridge rear, and the body’s unique shape on the top panel creates a rigid, three-point contact with the tonearm for perfect mechanical integration. The optimized weight (11g) and moderate compliance (13μm) makes the MC Windfeld Ti compatible with a wide variety of high-end tonearms. Similarly, the low output impedance (7Ω) and moderate output voltage (0.2mV) makes the cartridge compatible with a wide variety of MC pre-amps and step-up transformers.

On top of the advanced mechanical design, the MC Windfeld Ti has also been engineered to look visually appealing. The matte-black housing sits either side of the titanium core, and is accented on one side with Per Windfeld’s characteristic initials, including a new “Ti” extension to signify the latest technical developments.

The MC Windfeld Ti is available in the UK now.

SRP £3,100.00




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