The Ortofon MC Windfeld phono cartridge
The MC Windfeld was developed in 2008 using state-of-the-art technology.
This highly advanced design, which is the world’s most hi-tech analogue cartridge, may be seen as a tribute to Ortofon’s departed engineer Per Windfeld, who had for more than 30 years been a feature of the high-end culture as the head of development behind amazing cartridges such as the Ortofon MC 20 Super, Concorde, MC Rohmann, MC Jubilee, Kontrapunkt Series, etc.
MC Windfeld is designed by a team headed by Mr. Windfeld's successor, Leif Johannsen, the Ortofon's Chief Officer of Acoustics and Technology. The cartridge bears Mr. Windfeld's name - his initials "PW" are inscribed in gold on the cartridge's side.
The Windfeld retains many of Per Windfeld's earlier design innovations, including:
- Wide Range Damping (WRD) system
- The ultra-fine polished version of extremely low mass, large-vertical-contact Replicant 100 diamond, capable to extract musical information from the grooves with a greater degree of accuracy than any other kind of needle
- And a strong neodymium magnet system with a Field Stabilizing Element (FSE) located within the magnet system.
Review quote MC Windfeld
Stereophile May 2008
Reviewed by Michael Fremer
"...until the Windfeld, I can recall hearing none that produced such perfect symmetry of tonality and texture at both ends of the audioband - without inducing boredom, or a sensation of wanting more of something...
...The Ortofon Windfeld might be the most tonally neutral cartridge I've ever auditioned...
...Tonally and, especially texturally, I don't think you'll find a cartridge that's more evenhanded and honest than the Ortofon Windfeld...
...It's easy to recommend, regardless of your musical taste or associated components..."
Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec. - 0,3 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz - < 0,2 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz - > 28 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz - > 22 dB
Frequency range at - 3dB - 10-80.000 Hz
Frequency response - 20-20.000 Hz + / - 1 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force - 100 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral - 16 µm/mN
Stylus type - Nude Ortofon Replicant 100, special polished
Stylus tip radius - r/R 5/100 µm
Tracking force range - 2,3-2,8 g (23-28 mN)
Tracking force, recommended - 2,6 g (26 mN)
Tracking angle - 23°
Internal impedance, DC resistance - 4 Ohm
Recommended load impedance - > 10 Ohm
Cartridge body material - Stainless steel/special alloy
Cartridge colour - Black/Black
Cartridge weight - 13 gram