Ortofon SPU A95 Cartridge

  • Ortofon SPU A95 Cartridge - Alma Music and Audio - San Diego, California
  • Ortofon SPU A95 Cartridge - Alma Music and Audio - San Diego, California


Ortofon SPU A95 Cartridge

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The Ortofon’s  SPU A95 represents the highest echelon of SPU cartridges

Ortofon SPU A95 – a state of the art product representative of numerous Ortofon design elements and ideals - is manufactured to celebrate Ortofonʼs 95 years of masterful analog research and technology.

Since the advent of moving coil technology, the SPU series cartridges have always remained near and dear to both those looking for the most musical and refined sound quality, as well as those looking to recapture the essence of authenticity in a nod to some of the best audio components of all time. With the SPU A95, the bar is raised for both its modern and vintage counterparts.

The new Ortofon SPU A95 has gone to the next level by reducing unwanted vibrations in the cartridge. Our extensive knowledge of vibration properties, characteristics in different shapes and materials, competences in magnetism, mechanical design and new technologies have been applied for optimization of the SPU A95.

Read about the fifty seven years SPU-line story »

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Magnet system and Damping

Much like Robert Gudmandsenʼs revolutionary ideas which originally brought the SPU cartridges to market in the 1960s, endless research and conceptual design has been placed into SPU 90th Anniversary,  and developed further in this very special SPU A95 model.

The SPU A95 is built with the magnetic system applied in the predecessor SPU 90th Anniversary. This cartridge retains all of the characteristics that put its brethren in a class of their own, while at the same time expounding upon its strengths to provide reproduction of sound that is unsurpassed in its neutrality, detail, and dynamic range.

Field Stabilizing Element system

Another special feature is the inclusion of the renowned Field Stabilizing Element (FSE) system, which consists of a small cylinder of conductive material placed strategically inside of the magnetic system. FSE guarantees that the force field within the system will remain stable at all times regardless of the movement of the armature.

This technology was first introduced in the acclaimed Kontrapunkt series and later applied in the SPU 90th AnniversaryMC A90Cadenza Bronze & Cadenza Black and in the present top line cartridges the MC Windfeld and Ortofon Xpression.  What this means in practical application is that not only will FSE minimize dynamic and intermodulation distortion, but it also will allow for greater dynamics, absolute clarity, and depth of sound for truly awe inspiring sonic performance.

Benefits of high-end materials and advancements in technology

The mechanical structure of the SPU A95 cartridge has also been re-engineered, as well as many of its internal assemblies. At the mechanical heart lies a revolutionary customized SLM (Selective Laser Melting) manufacturing procedure.  The use of Titanium in SPU A95 has provided a further improvement to the internal damping capabilities as well as to the overall rigidity of the structure.

Considered an engineering breakthrough, the Selective Laser Melting process welds fine particles of Titanium together, layer-by-layer, to construct a single piece body devoid of extraneous material. This technique allows for precise control of the density of the body material, allowing for extremely high internal damping.

The final result provides a controlled reduction of the vibrations within the cartridge body material. A CT-scan of the frame structure ensures the highest degree of uniformity and quality.

A Nude Elliptical diamond stylus graces the aluminum cantilever, representative of the legacy created by SPUs past, along with a black painted, grinded wood body.

Also adding to the sonic performance of the SPU A95 is nothing but the best internal coil wiring, comprised of silver plated ultra high purity (6NX) copper wire, to ensure that each and every movement of the stylus is captured faithfully without loss. The internal terminal wiring is made of ultra high purity (6NX) silver wire, with gold plated terminal connectors.

Technical data

Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec. - 0.3 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz - 1 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz - 23 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz - 15 dB
Frequency response - 20-20.000 Hz ± 2 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force *) - 70 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral - 9 µm/mN
Stylus type - Nude Elliptical
Stylus tip radius - r/R 8/18 µm
Tracking force range - 2.5-3.5 g (25-35 mN)
Tracking force, recommended - 3.0 g (30 mN)
Tracking angle - 20°
*) Typical value

Internal impedance, DC resistance - 2 ohm
Recommended load impedance - 10 - 50 ohm
Cartridge body material - Grinded wood and resin composite
Frame structure - Titanium
Coilwire material - Silverplated Copper
Cartridge colour - Shiny Black
Cartridge weight - 28 g

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Review quote SPU A95

Stereophile December 2014
Reviewed by Art Dudley

"...Unsurprisingly, the Ortofon SPU 95 performed well in my Thomas Schick tonearm... The first things I noticed... were the enduringly rich, unmistakably SPU-like bass registers of the SPU 95, and the fact that the new pickup sounded somewhat pleasantly refined...

...the SPU 95 also impressed with its abundance of musical and sonic detail...

..the A95's natural, colorful timbral presentation endured...

...Speaking of spatial performance, the SPU 95 also bettered the older SPU in its ability to convey depth and perspective and the "wholeness" of individual sounds...

All in all, the SPU 95th Anniversary accomplishes precisely what Ortofon set out to do: It's a well-behaved, notably modern pickup that is quiet and imperturbable in the groove, with lots of detail and a fine sense of space on stereo records—yet it is also, identifiably, an SPU, with the sort of solid sound and fine sense of drive associated with relatively low-compliance devices."