Ottermel wrote:Is the Ortofon Rondo line still available?
I thought it was discontinued ones the Quintet range came in. Ortofon web site does not show them.
Yes, discontinued for a few years now. The Quintets came to market in early 2014 IIRC (that's certainly when I acquired my first Bronze).
I thought the Rondo Red was very good value, and always preferred it to the Rondo Blue, which I also used for a while. It was a bit warmer and somehow more expressive. This was only in my system, of course; others might have different experiences. The Red has a big-picture, large-scale sound, but I did find the Quintet Bronze a lot more immediate sounding when I changed over. I never tried the top Rondo
Bronze model, though might have done had the range stayed in production.
The Quintet Blue probably (I haven't heard it) displays similar improvements over the Rondo equivalent.
The Quintet Black S I recently installed is a bit special IMHO. That's not to say other MCs in that price range aren't just as well worth hearing - though if you have the funds to try them all, it would be better to move upmarket!