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Ortofon OM S-120 Turntable Cartridge Kit

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The Ortofon/Serato S-120 is the world's first turntable cartridge to employ a new technology known as Asymmetric Suspension (patent pending). Unlike other cartridges, this new technology makes it poss... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Ortofon/Serato S-120 is the world's first turntable cartridge to employ a new technology known as Asymmetric Suspension (patent pending). Unlike other cartridges, this new technology makes it possible for DJs to use an exceedingly wide range of tracking force (between 1.5 to 10 grams) without any difference in sound reproduction. Not only can DJs use the Ortofon OMS-120 cartridge at extremely low tracking forces to virtually eliminate record wear when playing vinyl rarities, but the tracking force can also be increased all the way up to as much as 10 grams to provide extreme groove handling ability for even the most demanding and vigorous scratch performance.

Additionally, the S-120 turntable cartridge is engineered to work perfectly with both Serato SL1 and SL3 interfaces, providing a strong 10.0 mV output and greatly reducing setup and calibration requirements. Ortofon's Asymmetric Suspension, found exclusively in the S-120 cartridge, helps the diamond to more effectively trace the groove than any other DJ cartridge, reproducing a level of sound quality formerly only reserved for far more delicate HiFi cartridges.

Previous to the creation of the S-120 cartridge's asymmetric suspension, sound quality and ability to "stick to the groove" was greatly dictated by the tracking force being used; too little tracking force would often lead to the stylus jumping out of the groove during a loud passage or distorted bass response and often created severe groove damage. Conversely, too much tracking force would limit the movement of the turntable stylus, making backcueing problematic and leading to poor treble response. It could also damage the suspension irreparably. Ortofon's S-120 turntable cartridge makes these concerns a thing of the past, providing absolute flexibility in all settings. The OM S-120 Kit mounts directly onto any standard DJ headshell (not included) and includes a replacement stylus.

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One year warranty for factory defects. Does not cover damage, misuse, or wear.
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scratching cartridge

By Bryan

from New York NY

Comments about Ortofon OM S-120 Turntable Cartridge Kit:

The S-120 is a great cartridge but it takes time to break in. I had them for 4 months now. They really track well with 120um compared to the conventional 80um. It doesn't skip when scratching and the sound quality is great. Tracking force is 4g but if your a scratch dj then I'm sure your counterweight is reversed. Average record wear but if you are using time coded vinyls it doesn't really matter. It's a little on the expensive side for a cartridge and I still prefer my nightclubs. It looks great on my blue ortofon headshell though.

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A good product.

By Gavin Amy

from Washington, D.C.

Comments about Ortofon OM S-120 Turntable Cartridge Kit:

I'm still evaluating the performance of this stylus and cartridge, but have heard good sound reproduction compared to other Ortofon styli I've used so far. Something that I should mention that I wasn't aware of when purchasing, which makes this a good purchase, is that this cartridge/stylus comes in a metal box with a latch and padding, with a stylus brush, replacement stylus, and little flathead screwdriver. The bottom padding lifts out to reveal a space to store other items, and is where you'll find the documentation and screws/nuts, plus the weight. This is a good product that I expect to get long and satisfying use out of. I'm still not decided on the ultimate quality of the sound compared to other Ortofon needles/cartridges I've used, but it certainly is at least as good as those. I'm just waiting to decide if it's a real improvement. I do like the capability of this item to be used with a wide range of pressures. I am not a DJ (thank goodness); I am an audiophile.....

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