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Ortofon OM5E Cartridge

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Brand:Genuine Ortofon
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Ortofon OM5E Turntable Cartridge

The Ortofon OM5E is a coveted medium level cartridge supplied as original equipment on many finer turntables.  Sure you can get cheaper entry-level cartridges, but the great thing we love about this cartridge is that you can 'try out' the Ortofon sound with an elliptical needle (not often found on entry levels), then later, if you so choose, you can upgrade just the needle to any quality level found in our 'Related Products" section at the bottom of this page. This will effectively upgrade you to a 'hybrid' type Ortofon  "OM10", "OM20", "OM30" or "OM40".   (Note that the OM5E is not in the "super" cartridge line currently on the market for the 10,20,30 & 40 with somewhat better cartridge based internal specs.)

Here you will find a very detailed OM5E review.

from Ortofon...

"The OM 5E is a magnetic cartridge (MM) with an elliptical shaped stylus that provides balanced and distortion-free playback for general purpose applications."


OM 5 E

Output voltage @ 1000 Hz,

4 mV

Channel balance @ 1 kHz

2 dB

Channel separation @ 1 kHz

22 dB

Channel separation @ 15 kHz

15 dB

Frequency range

20-25,000 Hz

Frequency response

20-20,000 Hz + 2 / - 3 dB

FIM distortion @ recommended
tracking force, DIN 45.542

< 1%

Tracking ability @ 315Hz @
recommended tracking force

65 µm

Compliance, dynamic, lateral

20 m/mN

Stylus type


Stylus tip radius

r/R 8/18 m

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 STY-5E

5 Stars
Ortofon OM5E Cartridge
Totally happy with this product but also impressed with Turntable Needles. Their description of the item made it easy for me to find exactly what I was looking for and double check myself. They were also incredibly timely in shipping and had a follow-up to make sure the item had arrived satisfactory. Great doing business with them.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Birmingham, Alabama. on 12/9/2013
4 Stars
What a great budget cartridge
For the money spent on this cartridge, you are getting your moneys worth. If you want anything better then I would spend at least fifty dollars more on an Ortofon Red from what I am told by my local record shop owner. The bottom line with this cartridge is that you will get good sound and great tracking. It produces a great full sound. The best thing about this is its ability to track. I will say after a month of owning this Ortofon OM5E Cartridge that I am pleasantly surprised.
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Reviewed by:  from Kalamazoo . on 3/26/2012
5 Stars
Ortofon OM5E Cartridge
Turntableneedles.com comes through again!! Excellent service! Excellent products! Keep up the great work!! As to the OM5E it's a great buy! There are plenty of reviews of this cartridge on the web. An excellent cartridge at a very good price! Yes, it can be bettered but at a much higher price tag. The OM10 is also a good choice. I will be back for more!! Thank You
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Reviewed by:  from Washington. on 6/15/2013
5 Stars
This cartridge has great sound, especially considering the price. Good vinyl sounds so much better than cd's.
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Reviewed by:  from Marco Island, FL. on 5/23/2012
5 Stars
Exactly how it should be
The cartridge arrived promptly, very well protected by packing materials. Simple installation. Once again I'm able to enjoy the unmatched sound of vinyl.
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Reviewed by:  from Cambridge, MA. on 3/31/2013
5 Stars
Ortofon 0M5E
Getting back into vinyl after 20 years.This cartridge is a great value considering the price I paid for a cartridge years ago.It tracks very well and sounds amazing.I now remember why I liked vinyl to begin with!
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Reviewed by:  from Pa.. on 1/21/2013
5 Stars
Ortofon OME5 Cartridge
Needed to replace the stylus on my MA cartridge but sad to say they don't make it anymore so I went with the Ortofon and was very pleased with this cartridge and stylus. I was very impressed with the sound quality, for the price you can't go wrong very satisfied.
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Reviewed by:  from Moline Illinois. on 4/26/2017

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