Ortofon Xpression High-End cartridge
The state-of-the-art Ortofon Xpression represents a combination of three elements very characteristic of Ortofon:
State-of-the-art SLM material technology pioneered by the MC A90 and SPU 90th Anniversary
Modification of the generator system offered with the MC A90 and MC Windfeld
Ortofon design tradition
Using these three elements, we have created a new product to support our customers with SPU cartridges and Ortofon tone arms.
The Xpression cartridge bridges the gap between SPU-type cartridges and Premium cartridges designed for headshell mounting, such as the MC A90 and MC Windfeld. The result is a high performance moving coil cartridge with the convenience of a standard header connector, providing a simple and elegant method of directly connecting the generator and arm through the Xpression’s one-piece body.
Review Citation Xpression
Stereophile September 2018,
“… Ortofon’s 90th Anniversary SPU is a very good cartridge. Xpression is clearly and significantly better. The 90th Anniversary has the characteristic SPU midrange richness and color, but with far fewer compromises at the extremes of the soundband. , even better in the lows and highs … The most important improvement is in the heights. The basic tones of high-pitched instruments and voices and even higher frequency tones convey a sense of color and space, were almost perfectly intelligible and clear … The ambiance was reproduced but no exaggeration … Music came with more motivation, more emotional power … The sound went astray, which allowed me to focus on the essence of the music, human expression through sound.
… Xpression is expensive, but age and experience have shown me that it’s difficult to set a budget for experience, including – or especially – music experience. “
As the cartridge length is the same as that of an SPU, the Xpression can be easily attached to the tone arms without the added concern for proper alignment.
Cartridge height is also the same as SPU height, making further VTA adjustments unnecessary.
The length of the cartridge makes it suitable match with SME-mount type tonearms, such as SME, Grace, Fidelity Research, SAEC and Micro Seiki brands. In addition, Xpression’s mass and compatibility characteristics ensure a proper match with any SPU compatible arm.
Xpression can ideally be combined with TA-110 and TA-210 tone arms. Combination of Xpression, TA-110 / TA-210 and ST-80 SE MC transformer provides a superior experience!