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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.
"The OM 5E is a magnetic cartridge (MM) with an elliptical shaped stylus that provides balanced and distortion-free playback for general purpose applications."
Output voltage @ 1000 Hz,5cm/sec.
Channel balance @ 1 kHz
Channel separation @ 1 kHz
Channel separation @ 15 kHz
20-20,000 Hz + 2 / - 3 dB
FIM distortion @ recommendedtracking force, DIN 45.542
Tracking ability @ 315Hz @recommended tracking force
Compliance, dynamic, lateral
Stylus tip radius
r/R 8/18 m
Equivalent stylus tip mass
Tracking force range
1.5-2.0 g (15-20 mN)
Tracking force, recommended
1.75 g (17.5 mN)
Internal impedance, DC resistance
Recommended load resistance
Recommended load capacitance
Cartridge colour, body/stylus
Replacement stylus unit