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Ortofon Xpression SPU Phono Cartridge - On Exchange


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RRP: £3,750.00


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Warranty length 2 Years
Brand Ortofon
Product Award HiFi World 5 Globes

Tech Specs

Output voltage @1kHz, 5cm/sec: 0.3mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz: <0.2dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz: >28dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz: >22dB
Freq resp: 20Hz-20.000Hz +0.5/-1.5dB
Tracking ability @315Hz: 90 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral: 11 µm/mN
Stylus type: Special polished Nude
Replicant 100: on Boron Cantilever
Stylus tip radius: r/R 5/100 µm
Tracking force range: 2.3 -2.8g (23-28mN)
Tracking force, recommended: 2.6g (26mN)
Tracking angle: 23°
Internal impedance, DC resistance: 4 Ohm
Recommended load impedance: > 10 Ohm
Cartridge material: SLM Stainless Steel
Special proprietary TPE-compound
Cartridge colour: Black
Cartridge weight: 28 gram

Product Description

Ortofon Xpression SPU (price for exchange with specific old Ortofon models) is a state-of-the-art phono cartridge, the ultimate choice for your SPU tonearm combining Ortofon's wealth of engineering experience with inspiration from the MC A90. This is a high-performance moving coil cartridge with the convenience of a standard headshell connector, which provides a simple and elegant method of directly connecting the generator and tonearm via the Xpression’s one-piece body. 

Since the cartridge length is identical to that of an SPU, the Xpression can easily be fitted onto tonearms without additional concern for proper alignment.The cartridge height is likewise identical to the SPU height, which makes further VTA adjustments unnecessary. 

The length of the cartridge ensures proper match with the SME-mount type tonearms, e.g. SME, Grace, Fidelity Research, SAEC and Micro Seiki brands. Additionally, the mass and compliance properties of the Xpression ensure that a proper match will be achieved with any SPU-compatible arm. The Xpression can ideally be combined with the new Ortofon TA-110 tonearm. 


This price is for an Ortofon Xpression on exchange. This means you must send us an equivalent Ortofon cartridge in exchange for this brand new one before we ship your order. The age and/or condition of the cartridge does not matter. Equivalent models we can accept include:

HMC 10 (Quartz) X1-MCP MC 30 Supreme MC 15 Super MK II MC 5000
HMC 20 (Quattro) X5-MC MC 25 E MC 20 Super MK II MC 7500
HMC 30 (Quasar) MC 20 MKII MC 25 FL MC 30 Super MK II MC A90
MC 1 Turbo MC 10 Supreme MC 70 MC 2000 MK II MC Winfeld
MC 3 Turbo MC 20 Supreme MC 10 Super MK II MC 3000 MK II MC Xpression
MC Cadenza Red MC Jubilee MC Rohmann MC Vivo Blue Rondo Blue
MC Cadenza Blue MC Kontrapunkt A MC Tango MC X 5 Rondo Bronze
MC Cadenza Bronze MC Kontrapunkt H MC Samba MCP X 1 (T4P) MC Valencia
MC Cadenza Black MC Kontrapunkt B MC Salsa Mono CA 25 DI MC Venice
MC Cadenza Mono MC Kontrapunkt C MC Vivo Red Rondo Red MC Vienna


After placing your order, please send your old cartridge back to us enclosing your order number. Please note: the value of your cartridge will vary - please contact us for more information.


- Cutting edge SLM materials/technology pioneered by MC A90 & SPU 90th Anniversary
- Modification of the generator system introduced with the MC A90 and the MC Windfeld
- Ortofon design tradition

Press Reviews

  • 'Another superlative cartridge from Ortofon, the Xpression brings the SPU ethos bang up to date' (Hi-Fi World Magazine July 2012)

  • '...Ortofon have come along and moved the goalposts once more with the Xpression. As easy to fit cartridges go, they don't come any better than this...' (Hi-Fi World Magazine July 2012)

  • '...treble purity, glorious tonality, effortless will struggle to beat the Xpression.' (Hi-Fi World Magazine July 2012)

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