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Concorde Century von Ortofon
THE ICONIC ORTOFON CARTRIDGE
A CONCORDE STORY BEGAN IN 1979
In 1979 the Concorde looked radically different to any cartridge that had
been manufactured by Ortofon or any of its rivals up to then. However,
the initial inspirations for its development were the search for a design of
an integrated cartridge and headshell that could be easily mounted on a
tone arm without the need for screws or the plugging in of wires.
Award-winning industrial designer Jan Trägårdh conceived the
Concorde’s unique look and received the Danish Industrial Design
Award in 1979 for his work on the low mass Concorde. Concorde has
undergone continual re-modelling ever since as it has evolved from its
original purpose as a domestic hi-fi pick up to its now revered status as a
cartridge for club DJs.
The arrival of the Concorde and its subsequent establishment as a
very popular cartridge was the result of Ortofon’s very strong focus
on product development in the laboratories in Copenhagen, brilliant
engineers led the department.
The club DJ’s devotion to twelve-inch singles and turntablism turned out
to be the twin pillars supporting Ortofon’s survival in the darkest days of
vinyl’s decline. The Concorde mounted on the tone arm of a Technics
SL-1200 turntable – the DJs’ favoured deck – certainly looked cool.
But that alone would not have been enough to make it the most popular
night club cartridge. What counted was that the Concorde performed
well, was remarkably robust and, most importantly, resolutely stayed in
January 25th 2018 Ortofon released the new Concorde MkII generation:
5 models designed from the ground-up featuring a variety of
enhancements to fulfill the needs of any serious vinyl DJ.
THE CONCORDE CENTURY
In 2018, Ortofon reached the milestone of 100 years as a leading
company in the worlds of audio and micro-engineering.
Having celebrated many of its previous anniversaries by launching
innovative products, naturally, the approaching centennial year called for
some grand designs and the relaunch of the cartridge that is emblematic
of Ortofon’s pioneering approach to design – the Concorde. With a tip
of the hat to the Concorde’s origins, Ortofon now releases in a limited
edition of 1,000 a Hi-Fi Concorde version The Concorde Century.
“We’ve been asked many times about bringing back a hi-fi Concorde,”
Ortofon Chief Acoustic Leif Johannsen recalls. “But we didn’t want to
mix the hi-fi and DJ markets. But this limited edition is a reasonably
priced model that is a fairly high-end 2M. You could compare it to the
performance of the 2M Bronze. It’s chrome all over. Very flashy looking!”
The Concorde Century uses a silver-plated copper wire and a Nude
Fine Line diamond stylus, which slim profile will track even the highest
frequency information. Additionally, its larger footprint ensures reduced
distortion and record wear.
The Concorde Century has a full, relaxed and homogenous sound with
space, depth and detail – a very good choice for any kind of music.
Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec. - 5.5 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz - 1 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz - 26 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz - 15 dB
Frequency range at - 3dB - 20-29.000 Hz
Frequency response - 20-20.000 + 2 / - 0 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force - 70 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral - 16 µm/mN
Stylus type - Nude Fine Line
Stylus tip radius - r/R 8/40 µm
Tracking force range - 1.6-2.0g (16-20 mN)
Tracking force, recommended - 1.8 g (18 mN)
Tracking angle - 20°
Internal impedance, DC resistance - 1,2 kOhm
Internal inductance - 630 mH
Recommended load resistance - 47 kOhm
Recommended load capacitance - 150-300 pF
Cartridge colour, body/stylus - Chrome
Cartridge weight - 18.5 g