ORTOFON Super OM30 Cartridges

5/5 (2 Reviews)

Product Description

Super OM30 moving magnet cartridge
compatible with Super OM10 and OM20 stylus

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by GoldenEar2007 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2008

Bottom Line:   
This started out as an Ortofon OM10 and then I bought the better stylus to upgrade it to full OM30 performance. I have a nice turntable a Pro-Ject RM9 which comes with an extremely light weight tonearm making it a great match for the Ortofons. Initially I tried running moving coil type cartridges but the arm was so light their extremely stiff needles wouldn't sound right---the arm just wouldn't hold the cartridges steady and get some tone happening. Instead these all sounded horrible---very tinny and harsh!

The Ortofon cartridges changed all that. They are completely ideal for the light arm and the proof is that with the better of the two needles (Stylus 30) I can actually track the toughest torture test track on the HiFi News test LP without more than a hint of mistracking. And resonance is the ideal 9hz in both planes.

Having said that I find the 30 needle benefits from being raked back a tiny tiny bit which the Pro-Ject allows for as the arm can be installed high or lower than level according to best sound.

All in all this cart has wonderful detail, not a track of hardness, even a bit of "bloom" which you normally expect only with a moving coil type. Add to that it runs well on a much less complicated and quieter moving coil phono pre amp than that you would need for a moving coil type setup. No muss and practically no fuss.

Bottom line is with this cartridge I can clearly hear every little improvement from using it without my record clamp (it sounds move alive that way) to closing the door on my bookshelf unit (tightens up the midrange!) and of course it absolutely creams even my best CD setup with outboard DAC. CD is simply no match for high performance vinyl. And this relatively affordable and replacable needle thus proves to be a no brainer for quality in an entry level price point.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $210.00

Purchased At:   needledoctor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Woochifer a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2005

Bottom Line:   
After an unwise side trip with a Sumiko Black Pearl, I decided to go back to a tried and true commodity for my turntable, the OM30.

I'd used the OM20 for about 15 years before, and after much deliberation with other options (including Ortofon's MC cartridges), I decided to make the upgrade to the OM30.

After a couple of months with this cartridge, I can safely say that it is an absolute joy to listen to. My vinyl has never sounded better, and the OM30 is even more revealing than the already excellent OM20. The OM30 builds on the liveliness and detail of the OM10 and OM20, and takes it to an even higher level. Some listeners might consider the OM30 bright sounding, but it has such a smooth edge that I just consider it more revealing. The tracking on this cartridge is excellent, and it exhibits minimal sibilance.

The biggest improvement with the OM30 is the bass extension -- deeper and tighter than the OM20. It also has better resolved midrange. In general, the OM30 is a very engaging cartridge that demands to be heard. If you want a polite and mild mannered cartridge, look somewhere else. Overall sound is like the rest of the OM series -- listenable and tight.

Only weakness with the OM30 is its lofty $290 list price. I bought it on sale for $160, and at that price, the OM30 is an unquestionable bargain. At its list price, the value definitely takes a hit. The OM20 is probably a better overall value, and its somewhat mellower sound might suit some people's tastes better. Either way, the OM20 and OM30 are a great way to rediscover your vinyl collection. The sound can more than hold its own against a lot of CD versions, and the OM30 in particular is a great performer that works well with a huge variety of sources.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   The Needle Doctor

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