The Ortofon Dj range can all look a bit 'samey' apart from the colours, but what is the actual difference between them?
Well a brief bit of background on Ortofon to start....
Ortofon is a small (in comparison) manufacturing company based out of Nakskov, Denmark, and their product portfolio is still primarily focussed on cartridge manufacture. The other interesting fact is that the majority of their construction is done in house with custom equipment that they have produced. Ortofon's employees are the best in their field and are meticulous , and due to the miniscule nature of cartridge technology, all cartridges are constructed by hand by a small and dedicated team of employees; so when at first you think that they're expensive, well.... This is why they are the best at what they do.
The body is one of the simplest parts of the system, and the DJ range is split across two distinct styles; the traditional headshell look and the distinctive Concorde style. Both are made of Noryl, a homogenous mixture of two polymers sourced in by Ortofon. Noryl benefits from being extremely rigid and have low resonance. There is no difference is sound in either style, its just down to the users personal preference on the way it looks.
Ortofon manufacture and style their bodies on site using hand-operated mechanic processes, so again, you know youre getting a quality, hand-crafted unit when you buy one of these.
S-120 - A high performance cart for DJs
Pro S - Entry level cartridge for all round use
Pro - General purpose for scratch and back cueing
DJ S - Basic model for scratch and back cueing.
Scratch - Designed specifically for scratch djs
Electro - A techno cartridge
Gold - Top model thats gold plated and diamond cut.
A you can see, a cart isnt just a cart and you really need to hear for yourself the difference between them all. Oh, and if you are currently using a Groove Tool on your turntable and you brag to your mates about being a vinyl dj, do yourself a favour and either spoil yourself with an Ortofon or give up and use your wax as coasters on your dining table....