Ortofon MC-1 Turbo High Output Moving Coil Cartridge

The Ortofon MC-1 Turbo is a brilliant starting point into the world of high output Moving Coil (MC) cartridges. Cost effective and with a true taste of what moving coil has to offer.

The MC-1 Turbo has a 3.3mV output, which makes it perfect for use with inbuilt phono preamps – specifically ones designed for Moving Magnet (MM) cartridges.

Ortofon High Output MC Cartridges

In 1948 Ortofon introduced the world's first moving coil cartridge. Since then, the MC principle has been universally acknowledged as the ultimate sonic performance. Though the high price of moving coil technology and the necessity of an outboard step up device to boost the low output voltage made the MC cartridges a luxury.

With the introduction of the first High Output X Series cartridges, Ortofon demonstrated that it is possible to produce MC cartridges with sufficiently high output to eliminate the need for additional step-up devices without compromising the construction principles and unique sound quality of moving coil designs.

MC-1 Turbo Technical Data

Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec. - 3,3 mV

Channel balance at 1 kHz - < 2 dB

Channel separation at 1 kHz - > 22 dB

Channel separation at 15 kHz - > 15 dB

Frequency range at - 3dB - 20-25.000 Hz

Frequency response - 20-20.000 Hz + 4 / - 1 dB

Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force *) - > 65 µm

Compliance, dynamic, lateral - 13 µm/mN

Stylus type - Elliptical

Stylus tip radius - r/R 8/18 µm


*) Typical value


Tracking force range - 1,8-2,2 g (18-22 mN)

Tracking force, recommended - 2 g (20 mN)

Tracking angle - 20°

Internal impedance, DC resistance - 100 Ohm

Recommended load impedance - 47 kOhm / < 500 pF

Cartridge body material - Noryl

Cartridge colour - Black

Cartridge weight - 4,1 g