If you’re after an affordable moving coil cartridge, we haven’t heard a better option than the Quintet Blue

What HiFi

The Quintet Blue's sound image will tend to more smooth reproduction compared to Quintet Red and moderate dynamic strength compared to Quintet Bronze.

It features a Nude Elliptical diamond mounted on an aluminium cantilever.

The Quintet Blue will bring more space, depth and detail into the sound and is a very good choice for any kind of music, especially rhythmic.



  • 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 range at -3 dB - 20-25.000 Hz
  • Frequency response 20-20.000 Hz - +/-2.5 dB
  • Tracking ability at 315 Hz at recommended tracking force *) - 70 μm
  • Compliance, dynamic, lateral - 15 μm/mN
  • Stylus type - Nude Elliptical
  • 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 - 20º
  • Internal impedance, DC resistance - 7 Ohm
  • Recommended load impedance - >20 Ohm
  • Cartridge body material - ABS/Aluminium
  • Coil wire material - Pure 4-nines copper
  • Cartridge colour - Blue
  • Cartridge weight - 9 g

Given a suitably capable system we have no doubt the Ortofon Quintet Blue will impress. It’s a well-balanced design with no obvious weaknesses. If you’ve always hankered after a moving coil cartridge we can’t think of an alternative we prefer. Buy this one with confidence.