Ortofon MC Windfeld Ti
Absoluuttinen High End äänirasia
The MC Windfeld Ti - a moving coil phono cartridge in the absolute high-end class
Our extensive knowledge of vibration properties, characteristics in different shapes and materials, competences in magnetism, mechanical design and new technologies has been applied for optimization of the MC Windfeld model. The MC Windfeld Ti has gone to the next level by reducing unwanted vibrations and increasing the dynamic capability of the cartridge.
Those who choose to adopt the MC Windfeld Ti will experience the lifelike, dynamic and open sound, with exceedingly clear midrange. The MC Windfeld Ti remains extremely musical while paying close attention to micro dynamic details, with its delicate, but also analytical nature.
The MC Windfeld Ti technology
The MC Windfeld Ti phono cartridge was introduced in 2017 as a continuous tribute to Ortofon's former engineer Mr. Windfeld and optimization of the MC Windfeld model launched in 2008.
At the heart of the MC Windfeld Ti lies Selective Laser Melting technology, apllied for manufacturing of the Ortofon Exclusives Series cartridges.
The use of Titanium in the MC Windfeld Ti has provided a further improvement to the overall rigidity of the structure and the cartridge weight. Obviously, MC Windfeld Ti has gone to the next level by reducing unwanted vibrations and increasing the dynamic capability of the cartridge.
In this episode Leif Johannsen, the Ortofon's Chief Acoustics and Development, accurately compares the two MC Windfeld models with the focus on the benefits of the new technologies and materials.
The mechanical integration of the MC Windfeld Ti
Historically, Ortofon has always followed its own path with regard to the mechanical design of the cartridge housing, because mechanical rigidity and total freedom from resonance in the audible range are a precondition for optimal sound quality.
In the MC Windfeld Ti the cartridge’s contact with the tonerarm takes place through three hard, well-defined contact points placed on the fastening section of the cartridge. This means that the mechanical integration of the cartridge and the tonearm arm are always absolutely perfect.
Flexibility and performance with a range of compatibility
With optimized weight and moderate compliance to suit the majority of modern tonearms, the MC Windfeld Ti is easy compatible with an endless array of contemporary high-end turntable equipment, including the Ortofon TA-210 and TA-110 tonearms.
A low output impedance of 7 ohm and a medium output voltage of 0.2 mV makes the Ortofon MC Windfeld Ti a perfect partner for most MC pre-amps as well as step-up transformers, including the Ortofon ST-80 SE.
When combined with Ortofon’s world-class knowledge in analogue sound reproduction, The MC Windfeld Ti will undoubtedly provide sound which is literally unsurpassed and simply has to be experienced.
December 2020, reviewed by Michael Fremer
"...The Windfeld Ti is a high-performance cartridge that extracts and provides a great deal of detail, but it is not at all "analytical" or mechanical sounding. It's sort of the "Dockers" of high-performance Ortofons. The cartridge has a relatively sweet, lush midrange compared to the more detail-oriented Ortofons like the A95 and especially the new Anna Diamond. The Windfeld Ti is harmonically generous, with transients that are clean but don't bite..."
The Absolute Sound
Product of the year award
The Absolute Sound, January 2019
"...Sonically, the Ti allows a listener to play nearly every album in his catalog without being bothered by any sins of commission. This ability to play whatever, whenever, is one of the MC Windfeld Ti's biggest assets. If you value high neutrality and high resolution, low coloration and low distortion, and tracking ability that rivals the best moving magnets, then this outstanding new moving coil is for you..."
September 2018 by Andre Jennings
"...The MC Windfeld Ti is a well-ballanced cartridge within its performance envelope...
... In all cases, the cartridge installation proved to be straightforward without any unexpected set-up issues. Once alignment, azimuth, tracking force, and VTA/SRA were optimized, the MC Windfeld Ti met all of its stated specifications, including channel separation, channel balance, and frequency responce... ...Once dealed in, the MC Windfeld Ti tracked everything without any audible hint of distortion or mistracking...
...What you do get is a cartridge that performs well in all areas with nothing standing out; that is what most listeners want from a transducer. The exceptional part of this cartridge is that the listener can play nearly every album in its catalog and not be bothered by any off-putting sins of commission that make music listening uncomfortable. This ability to play whatever, whenever, is the MC Windfeld Ti's biggest asset. It's certainly worth a listen when well set up - and bring your albums with you when you do."
December 2017, review: David Price
"A decade ago, Ortofon paid homage to its retiring design chief with a pick-up bearing his name. A hard act to follow, this new successor has had more than a makeover.
For decades we have seen constant new thinking on cartridge body materials, with all kinds of wood, alloys and plastics used – and sometimes even skeletal designs with no conventional body at all. For the MC Windfeld Ti, Ortofon has chosen to stick with the alloy and stainless steel construction seen in its predecessor, but add a new inner structure made of titanium (hence the suffix), using a process the company calls Selective Laser Melting (SLM). First seen in 2008’s MC A90 [HFN Sep ’09], the idea is to present the strongest and most rigid cartridge assembly to the tonearm’s headshell. The thinking is that any lost energy here can never be recovered, resulting in a diminution of dynamics and detail. The unique SLM process welds fine particles of titanium together, layer upon layer, to construct a single piece body devoid of extraneous material, says Ortofon. The technique is claimed to give precise control of the density of the body material, allowing for extremely high internal damping. The result is a lighter, quieter and yet more rigid cartridge compared to its already sturdy predecessor.
There’s no shortage of high-end moving-coil cartridges and to earn its rightful place the Ortofon MC Windfeld Ti has to offer a distinctive proposition to buyers. This it does in no uncertain terms – it has power, scale, precision and poise, while never being an overly ‘showy’ performer. It serves up a ‘matter of fact’ sound in a more compelling way than one might think possible, giving it an admirably wide appeal."
- Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec.: 0.2 mV
- Channel balance at 1 kHz: 0.5 dB
- Channel separation at 1 kHz: 25 dB
- Channel separation at 15 kHz: 20 dB
- Frequency range at: 3dB - 10 Hz - 50 kHz
- Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz +2 dB/- 1 dB
- Tracking ability at 315 Hz at recommended tracking force: 90 µm
- Compliance, dynamic, lateral: 13 µm/mN
- Stylus type: Special polished Nude Ortofon Replicant 100 on Boron Cantilever
- Stylus tip radius: r/R 5/100 µm
- Tracking force range: 2.0 - 2.5 g (20 - 25 mN)
- Tracking force, recommended: 2.3 g (23 mN)
- Tracking angle: 23°
- Internal impedance, DC resistance:7 Ohm
- Recommended load impedance: > 10 Ohm
- Coil wire material: Aucurum
- Cartridge body material: SLM Titanium and Stainless Steel
- Cartridge colour: Titanium/Black
- Cartridge weight: 11 g