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 hifi visionary. Since his retirement, Ortofon has continued to grow as a company. 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 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

Inside the MC Windfeld Ti, Ortofon employ a series of advanced technologies – many developed entirely in-house. 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 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.

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. 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

Technical Information

Output Voltage (at 1kHz, 5cm/sec): 0.2mV
Channel Balance at 1kHz: 0.5dB
Channel Separation at 1kHz: 25dB
Channel Separation at 15kHz: 20dB
Frequency Range (at -3dB): 10Hz – 50kHz
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz +2/-1dB
Tracking Ability at 315Hz: Typically 90μm
Compliance, Dynamic, Lateral: 13μm / mN
Stylus Type: Nude Ortofon Replicant 100 (Special Polished Version)
Cantilever: Boron
Stylus Tip Radius r / R: 5 / 100μm
Tracking Force Range: 2.0 – 2.5g (20 – 25mN)
Recommended Tracking Force: 2.3g (23mN)
Tracking Angle: 23º
Internal Impedance / DC Resistance:
Recommended Load Impedance: 10Ω
Cartridge Body Material: SLM Titanium, Stainless Steel
Cartridge Colour: Titanium / Black
Cartridge Weight: 11.0g

Ortofon are also heading off on tour, across the country, visiting some of the UK’s premier hi-fi retailers for a series of exclusive events geared towards vinyl playback. The Cartridge Experience Tour will take visitors on a journey through the Ortofon range, starting with the 2M Red at £95.00 and climaxing with the new high-end MC Windfeld Ti at £3,100.00.

The Cartridge Experience Tour is open to all, but we recommend registering your interest with your preferred venue, to guarantee you don’t miss any of the presentation.

The Cartridge Experience Tour will visit:

Saturday, August 5th: Oxford Audio Consultants (Oxford)

Saturday, August 12th: Zouch Audio (Ashby-de-la-Zouch)

Thursday, August 31st: Ceritech Audio (Cinderford)

Friday, September 8th: Martins Hi-Fi (Norwich)

Saturday, September 23rd: Deco Audio (Aylesbury)

Saturday, September 30th: Fanthorpes HiFi (Hull)

Saturday, October 14th: Loud & Clear (Edinburgh)

 

 

 

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