The Cadenza Bronze model is using a Replicant 100 stylus and a conical aluminium cantilever.
The coil wire is the famous Ortofon Aucurum wire, which is a gold plated 6NX copper wire.
Field Stabilizing Element/FSE, is used for optimal linearity especially during complex crescendo passages.
Cadenza Bronze stereo imaging capabilities illuminate the farthest corners of the soundstage in all three dimensions.
With a complex stylus shape like the Replicant 100, there
must be special attention paid to positioning the diamond in the groove.
Stylus Rake Angle (SRA - see figure) is very important to the
performance of the Replicant 100 stylus, and the long contact surface
(the sharp edge) of the diamond should be almost perpendicular to the
record surface when viewed from the side. The angle between the record
surface and the cantilever is close to 23 degrees when SRA is 90
A perfect starting point is to set the tonearm parallel
to the record surface and to use the recommended tracking force. The
contact surface will be close to perpendicular to the record surface
with this setting. The SRA can now gradually and carefully be changed be
adjusting VTF and, if necessary, the tonearm height. The target should
be an SRA around 92 degrees, determined by the listening experience. In
other words, the point of the stylus should point slightly towards the
Positive Feedback ISSUE 51 September/October 2010
Reviewed by John Hoffman
"...The Cadenza Bronze is certainly a top flight cartridge, and its
performance reflects Ortofons substantial engineering resources and
...Cadenza Bronze is an excellent
tracking cartridge, and its ability to minimize surface noise will be an
attribute that can be appreciated by any perspective owner....
...The Bronze certainly has the ability to extract all the fine
detail contained in a recording, and excels at all the audiophile
approved tasks. Performers are clearly defined, tonal balance is evenly
reproduced, and dynamic contrasts are faithfully recreated. The touch of
warmth that Ortofon have infused into the design, results in a
cartridge with an easy going nature, which invites a person to listen
for hours on end... "
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