All you need to know about dj cartridges


While the turntable is the main component that should provide the best conditions for playing the record, the cartridge has a huge influence on the overall sound. Depending on your style, you can choose from spherical styli for optimum tracking performance, or elliptical styli that achieve the highest possible sound quality.

INTENDED APPLICATION

The most important factor when choosing a new cartridge should be the intended application. Whether you plan to perform with analog vinyl or a digital vinyl system (DVS), there are appropriate solutions for both options. A further consideration should be whether the cartridge also needs to be suitable for scratching. Even though there are good all-rounders on the market, it is advisable to pick cartridges to suit your performance style in order to achieve the best possible results.



Analog vinyl playback

DVS (digital vinyl system)

Scratching

All-round

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STYLUS TYPE

Styli for DJ cartridges can be categorized into two major types: elliptical and spherical. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, depending on the intended application as mentioned previously. Due to a higher contact with the record groove, the use of an elliptical stylus results in rich and detailed sound reproduction. This is why elliptical styli are particularly recommended for studio and club environments.



Elliptical Stylus

Spherical styli on the other hand, have a higher tracking ability to reduce needle skipping and assist the cartridge to stay in the groove, even during fast record movements. The shape of a spherical stylus also contributes to a lower vinyl wear and for this reason, they are particularly ideal for scratching. In addition, if they also have a high output voltage, spherical styli are also suitable for use with timecode records (DVS).



Spherical Stylus


Elliptical stylus

Spherical stylus

Higher contact with the record groove High tracking ability reduces needle skipping
Rich and detailed sound reproduction Cartridge stays in the groove
Recommended for club and studio environments Suitable for fast record movements
Contributes to a lower vinyl wear

FURTHER ASPECTS

While sound quality and tracking ability is mainly dependant on the stylus type, there are some technical aspects such as the output voltage, that should also be considered when purchasing a DJ cartridge. In general, it can be said that the higher the output voltage, the louder the audio signal produced by the cartridge. A high output voltage is especially important for playing back analog vinyl in clubs or for the use of the cartridge in a digital vinyl system.

Not every cartridge has a flat frequency response, often associated as a balanced sound. Some have a slight accentuation on the bass range, which can have a positive effect in a club situation..



The higher the output voltage, the louder the audio signal produced

Loudness is especially important for analog vinyl playback and DVS

Frequency response differs from cartridge to cartridge

Flat frequency responses are associated as a balanced sound while a slight accentuation on the bass range can have a positive effect in a club

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MOUNTING THE CARTRIDGE

Cartridges can be mounted to a turntable's tone arm either directly or indirectly, depending on their design. While a Concorde system can be mounted directly for immediate use, some other cartridges such as the Reloop OM Black must first be attached to a headshell before being ready to mount to the tone arm.

REPLACING STYLI

With proper care, a stylus will serve you well over a long time period. However, if sound quality or tracking ability begins to degrade, simply replace the worn stylus with the respective model - it is not necessary to replace the entire cartridge.

Our Products

Here at Reloop, in partnership with Ortofon, we are proud to offer an extensive range of cartridges that are:

Concorde Vibe

Concorde Green

Concorde Blue

Concorde Black

Reloop Concorde Vibe Reloop Concorde Green Reloop Concorde Blue Reloop Concorde Black
Recommended for:
club and studio environment timecode vinyls (DVS) backcueing & scratching Allround DJ usage
Superb sound quality with flat frequency response Very high output voltage Very high tracking ability Balanced sound, slight accentuation of the bass range
Elliptical Stylus Special elliptical stylus Elliptical StylusSpecial spherical stylus Elliptical StylusSpecial spherical stylus Elliptical StylusSpecial spherical stylus
Frequency20 Hz - 22 kHz Frequency20 Hz - 20 kHz Frequency20 Hz - 18 kHz Frequency20 Hz - 18 kHz
Output8 mV Output8 mV Output6 mV Output5 mV
Tracking Force3 g Tracking Force3 g Tracking Force4 g Tracking Force4 g
€119.- €99.- €79.- €69.-

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