The MC Windfeld Ti – a moving coil phono cartridge in the absolute high-end class
Our extensive knowledge of vibration properties, characteristics in different shapes and materials, competences in magnetism, mechanical design and new technologies has been applied for optimization of the MC Windfeld model. The MC Windfeld Ti has gone to the next level by reducing unwanted vibrations and increasing the dynamic capability of the cartridge.
Those who choose to adopt the MC Windfeld Ti will experience the lifelike, dynamic and open sound, with exceedingly clear midrange. The MC Windfeld Ti remains extremely musical while paying close attention to micro dynamic details, with its delicate, but also analytical nature.
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Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec. – 0.2 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz – 0.5 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz – 25 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz – 20 dB
Frequency range at – 3dB – 10 Hz – 50 kHz
Frequency response – 20 Hz – 20 kHz +2 dB/- 1 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force – 90 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral – 13 µm/mN
Stylus type – Special polished Nude Ortofon Replicant 100 on Boron Cantilever
Stylus tip radius – r/R 5/100 µm
Tracking force range – 2.0-2.5 g (20-25 mN)
Tracking force, recommended – 2.3 g (23 mN)
Tracking angle – 23°
Internal impedance, DC resistance – 7 Ohm
Recommended load impedance – > 10 Ohm
Coil wire material – Aucurum
Cartridge body material – SLM Titanium and Stainless Steel
Cartridge colour – Titanium/Black
Cartridge weight – 11 g
The SLM technology and high precision process eschews traditional techniques: considered an engineering breakthrough, the SLM process welds fine particles of Titanium together, layer-by layer, to construct a single piece body devoid of extraneous material. This technique allows for precise control of the density of the body material, allowing for extremely high internal damping. The final result provides freedom over vibrations within the cartridge body material.
The use of Titanium in the MC Windfeld Ti has provided a further improvement to the overall rigidity of the structure, the cartridge weight and its dynamic capability.
The magnet system is based on an extremely strong, compact neodymium magnet, which makes the generator system both compact and lighter through its minimal dimensions.
Inspired by the elements of MC A95 design, the MC Windfeld Ti makes use of a specially designed armature comprised of a metal alloy which is less magnetic than normal iron. This provides noteworthy benefit to the dynamic capabilities of the cartridge. The reason for this is that our high-tech armature has almost no influence on the magnetic field during movement. Hence when combined with the Aucurum coils of gold-plated 6NX oxygen free copper, it delivers perfect reproduction of the cantilever movements without compromise. Any trace of remaining magnetic influences that would create distortion is prevented by the use of a Field Stabilizing Element (FSE) – a small cylinder of conductive material strategically placed inside the magnet system, which guarantees that the force field remains stable regardless of the movement of the armature. FSE improves the channel separation, while at the same time minimizing dynamic distortion and intermodulation.
One of the important components is Ortofon’s patented Wide Range Damping system (WRD), in which a small, heavy platinum disc is sandwiched between two rubber absorbers, both with different properties. This ensures not only an exceptional tracking performance, but also creates a perfect damping through the entire frequency range. Because of this, distortion and resonance are virtually eliminated.
The WRD system, which was originally introduced in the MC 20 Mk II in 1979 and was also used in the Exclusive Series cartridges, is one significant reason why the MC Windfeld Ti, while achieving the most linear frequency response and the highest upper frequency limit ever, at the same time tracks a fantastic 90 μm at a vertical tracking force of 2.3 grams.
Using Ortofon’s Aucurum coils of gold-plated, 6NX oxygen free copper allows for zero-loss transmission of the diamond’s movements via its Boron cantilever. This combination, which has also been employed for use in the MC Windfeld, MC A90 and MC A95 cartridges, combines low moving mass with an extremely high degree of rigidity.
A specially designed armature used to achieve extreme precision in each coil turn in all layers. This enables the MC Windfeld Ti to achieve a higher degree of channel separation, while simultaneously offering lower distortion and better channel balance. A low output impedance of 7 ohm and a low output voltage of 0.2 mV makes the Ortofon MC Windfeld Ti a perfect partner for most step-up transformers as well as active MC pre-amps.
Historically, Ortofon has always followed its own path with regard to the mechanical design of the cartridge housing, because mechanical rigidity and total freedom from resonance in the audible range are a precondition for optimal sound quality. In the MC Windfeld Ti the cartridge’s contact with the tonerarm takes place through three hard, well-defined contact points placed on the fastening section of the cartridge. This means that the mechanical integration of the cartridge and the tonearm arm are always absolutely perfect.
The MC Windfeld Ti is also unique in cosmetic terms: the parts of the cartridge housing are produced with matte black surfaces. The fastening section made in raw Titanium is distinct in silver color. The underside facing the record is covered by a new shield, which reinforces the mechanical structure. Per Windfeld’s characteristic initials in silver accompanied by the letters “Ti” (Titanium) adorn the sides of the cartridge housing, paying tribute to Windfeld’s legacy while at the same time signifying the technological advancements which create a new standard of analog performance.
The MC Windfeld Ti phono cartridge was introduced in 2017 as a continuous tribute to Ortofon’s former engineer Mr. Windfeld and optimization of the MC Windfeld model launched in 2008.
At the heart of the MC Windfeld Ti lies Selective Laser Melting technology, apllied for manufacturing of the Ortofon Exclusives Series cartridges.
The use of Titanium in the MC Windfeld Ti has provided a further improvement to the overall rigidity of the structure and the cartridge weight. Obviously, MC Windfeld Ti has gone to the next level by reducing unwanted vibrations and increasing the dynamic capability of the cartridge.
In this episode Leif Johannsen, the Ortofon’s Chief Acoustics and Development, accurately compares the two MC Windfeld models with the focus on the benefits of the new technologies and materials.
Historically, Ortofon has always followed its own path with regard to the mechanical design of the cartridge housing, because mechanical rigidity and total freedom from resonance in the audible range are a precondition for optimal sound quality.
In the MC Windfeld Ti the cartridge’s contact with the tonerarm takes place through three hard, well-defined contact points placed on the fastening section of the cartridge. This means that the mechanical integration of the cartridge and the tonearm arm are always absolutely perfect.
With optimized weight and moderate compliance to suit the majority of modern tonearms, the MC Windfeld Ti is easy compatible with an endless array of contemporary high-end turntable equipment, including the Ortofon TA-210 and TA-110 tonearms.
A low output impedance of 7 ohm and a medium output voltage of 0.2 mV makes the Ortofon MC Windfeld Ti a perfect partner for most MC pre-amps as well as step-up transformers, including the Ortofon ST-80 SE.
When combined with Ortofon’s world-class knowledge in analogue sound reproduction, The MC Windfeld Ti will undoubtedly provide sound which is literally unsurpassed and simply has to be experienced.
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