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DJ Q-Bert Ortofon Concorde Cartridge Review

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Overview

The DJ Q-Bert Ortofon Concorde DJ Cartridge is made specifically for scratch and hip-hop style DJ's who want a needle to stay in the groove under extreme scratching and back-cueing situations. These were co-designed by the legendary turntablist DJ Q-bert to provide great handling, high output, and low record wear. The one-piece Concord design makes installation a breeze and allows DJ's to easily see the area of the record that the needle will sit in the groove. Check out my unboxing and mini-review video inside.

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Review Video & Demo

Setup & First Impressions

The DJ Q-Bert Ortofon Concorde DJ Cartridge is made specifically for scratch and hip-hop style DJ's who want a needle to stay in the groove under extreme scratching and back-cueing situations. These were co-designed by the legendary turntablist DJ Q-bert to provide great handling, high output, and low record wear.

Features

The one-piece Concord design makes installation a breeze and allows DJ's to easily see the area of the record that the needle will sit in the groove. The Concorde Q-bert cartridges are a bit on the expensive side coming in at about $275 for a matched twin-pair, but the build quality is very high and they perform like champs. If you want to save a bit of money, then you can purchase the Q-Bert Ortofon cartridges in the OM-style where you can mount them to a headshell instead of the one-piece Concorde design. When using them with regular vinyl, the bass is deep and rich while output remains really high. When using them with DVS timecode vinyl, the digital signal is nice and round for a great signal. For scratching they are the BOMB! These will hold to the groove like glue after the somewhat long break-in period. These are great performers in the scratch arena and they are nice for all around mixing as well. We are going to recommend the DJ Q-Bert Ortofon Concorde cartridge to any vinyl DJ who appreciates a high output level with great bass response and the ability to stay in the groove under extreme turntablist situations.

Pros

  • Convenient and Durable One-Piece Design
  • Excellent for Scratching & Back-Cueing
  • Great Visibility
  • Very Loud Overall Output (Especially the Bass)

Cons

  • Expensive

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The Reloop DJ Brand continues the vinyl-turntable based announcements at the BPM 2013 show with the new Reloop-Ortofon DJ cartridge venture. Reloop will work with the legendary Ortofon Phono Cartridge company to produce a new line of DJ cartridges for vinyl turntable users. These new Reloop branded Ortofon Concorde Cartridges come in Black (entry-level), Green (digital timecode vinyl), and Blue (all around performers), with two OM variations also available to accommodate all users.

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Reloop Concorde DJ Cartridges [Video]

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