Ortofon M15 Super phono cartridge Specifications

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Description: Moving-magnet phono cartridge with 0.6 mil spherical stylus (M-15) or 0.7 by 0.3 mil elliptical stylus (M15E). Recommended tracking force: 1 gram. Output: 4mV.
Cartridge weight: 5 grams.
Price: $79.95 (elliptical) or $69.95 (spherical) (1974); no longer available (2017).
Manufacturer: Ortofon A/S, Stavangervej 9, DK-4900 Nakskov, Denmark, US Distributor: Ortofon US, New York, NY 10016 (1974); Ortofon Inc., 500 Executive Blvd, Suite 102, Ossining, NY 10562 (2017). Tel: (914) 762-8646. Fax: (914) 762-8649. Web: www.ortofon.com.

Ortofon Inc.
500 Executive Blvd, Suite 102
Ossining, NY 10562
(914) 762-8646

Metalhead's picture

I do not want to watch gladiator contests or good better best except in a casual way.

It was refreshing though to see it being called on quality control and compared to a competing product and having a very clear and succinct favorite in the comparison. I say this being a happy Ort owner since 1972 through various models.

Can see why J. Gordon had to sell the mag as this type of review must have made the ad companies reluctant to play.

dalethorn's picture

As a subscriber from 1971 on, Holt had no trouble attracting advertisers. His reasons for selling were no different from 1962 to 1972 to the date of sale - he was way overextended as the special kind of audiophile he represented, trying to juggle reviews, the logistics of handling the gear, managing the magazine and the subscriptions etc. His wife helped, but it wasn't nearly enough, and there wasn't a way in those pre-Internet days to communicate across the country and around the world cheaply and efficiently. He had long delays in getting issues out, and the ads didn't make a significant difference in that.

tonykaz's picture

I sold many of these M15s, along with the entire rest of their product range. They were simply replacements for worn or broken "needles".

All of the Ortofon range were Modest performers, they worked was the best that could be said for them, people had trust in the Ortofon name and willingly purchased, we willingly sold.

They offered a well reviewed Top of the Line MC with super low output and a matching step-up ( about $2,000 for the pair ) that my Electrocompaniet could play, it too was marginal for it's asking price, very typical of Ortofon sound quality.

Koetsu Rosewood ruled the Day.

Analog Planet just had Ortofon's lead designer presenting their "New" $4,000 MC pick-up, with a Boron cantilever. A "New & Improved" buggy whip from my Industrial perspective.

Tony in Michigan

egsp's picture

Interesting to see how much quality control expectations have improved.