The state of the art product, the Ortofon Xpression represents a combination of three elements very characteristic for Ortofon:
The cutting edge SLM materials technology pioneered by the MC A90 and SPU 90th Anniversary Modification of the generator system introduced with the MC A90 and the MC Windfeld Ortofon design tradition Utilising these three elements we created a new product in order to support our customers of the SPU cartridges and Ortofon tonearms.
The Xpression cartridge bridges the gap between the SPU-type cartridges and High-End cartridges like the MC A90 and the MC Windfeld designed for headshell mounting. The result 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.
Review quote Xpression Stereophile February 2012 Reviewed by Art Dudley
"...The Ortofon Xpression is a unique blend of the new and the old...This new Ortofon is designed and built as a drop-in replacement for any G-style pickup head...
...The Xpression proved itself to be much more explicit than my original SPU - more detailed, more open, more tactile, more revealing of nuance and technique......Delighted I am to see and hear such a product...the Xpression brings with it a certain disregard for convention and for the staid logic of commerce - not unlike the best music...”
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 TA-110 and TA-210 tonearms. The combination of Xpression, TA-110/TA-210 and ST-80 SE MC transformer gives a supreme experience!
Output voltage at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec: 0.3 mV Channel balance at 1 kHz : < 0.2 dB Channel separation at 1 kHz: > 28 dB Channel separation at 15 kHz: > 22 dB Frequency range at - 3 dB: 10 - 60 kHz Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz +0.5 –1.5 dB Tracking ability at 315 Hz at recommended tracking force: 90 μm Compliance, dynamic, lateral: 11 μm/mN Stylus type: Special polished Nude Ortofon Replicant 100 on boron cantilever. Stylus tip radius: r/R 5/100 μm Tracking force range: 2.3 - 2.8 g (23-28 mN) Tracking force, recommended: 2.6 g (26 mN) Tracking angle: 23° Internal impedance, DC resistance: 4 Ohm Recommended load impedance: > 10 Ohm Cartridge body material: SLM Stainless Steel and Special proprietary TPE-compound Cartridge colour: Black Cartridge weight: 28 g