OM5E - Ortofon OM5E low mass VMS elliptical

Rated 5/5 based on 2 reviews.


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This is an excellent entry level cartridge suitable for many modest turntables. It costs only a little more than a replacement stylus for many cartridges but has an elliptical stylus and Ortofon engineering experience.


OM 5 E

Output voltage at 1000 Hz,

4 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 ± 2 dB

FIM distortion at recommended
tracking force, DIN 45.542

< 1%

Tracking ability at 315Hz at
recommended tracking force

65 µm

Compliance, dynamic, lateral

20 µm/mN

Stylus type


Stylus tip radius

r/R 8/18 µm

Equivalent stylus tip mass

0,5 mg

Tracking force range

1,5-2,0 g (15-20 mN)

Tracking force, recommended

1,75 g (17,5 mN)

Tracking angle


Internal impedance, DC resistance

750 Ohm

Internal inductance

450 mH

Recommended load resistance

47 kOhm

Recommended load capacitance

200-600 pF

Cartridge colour, body/stylus


Cartridge weight

5 g

Replacement stylus unit

Stylus 5 E


Shipping Weight 0.0100kg
Shipping Width 0.040m
Shipping Height 0.040m
Shipping Length 0.040m

Sounds great

By: on 24 September 2012
The OM5E cartridge arrived safely today. Sounds great. Thanks for the prompt was a pleasure doing business with you. H.O.

Super clear and great service

By: on 24 September 2012
Dear folks at Decibel Hi Fi, This morning I received the record cleaning brush and Ortofon cartridge that I ordered from you just yesterday. Jeepers you're quick! I've just installed the Ortofon 5E cartridge in my low-end but much loved Pioneer turntable and tried it out with Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here". I have to say I'm bowled over by the clarity and dynamics. For such a low price I never expected it would be this good. Many thanks for your terrific service. I'll definitely be buying from you again.

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