Ortofon Q.Bert

Direct from Ortofon

Co-designed by DJ Q.Bert for scratch and back-cueing. High tracking ability. Ultra high output

Co-developed by one of the most legendary DJs of all time, the Ortofon Q.Bert provides unsurpassed handling, high output voltage, and low wear characteristics that literally put it in a class of its own.

Turntablists and mix DJs alike will appreciate the strong output of this cartridge, coupled with unrivaled tracking ability and sonic characteristics.

The Q.Bert features a more subdued high end, which helps to minimize surface noise from worn vinyl, and an accentuated mid-range to help bring scratching to the front of the sound stage.

The Q-Bert has a supreme ability to trace the grooves of your records and it is tailored specifically for scratch. Due to its enomous output, it is perfect for scratch of all music with deep bass frequences.

Review

The Ortofon Q.Bert is the Qbert signature model. It combines stellar Ortofon sound with Qbert demanded tracking. This is 100% a turntablist scratch cartridge. The needle sticks in the groove through all your craziest moves.

The Ortofon Qbert has a fairly flat response, except for the extended bass response. This is another cartridge that is a great compliment to hip-hop music. Vocals and samples are crystal clear, drum beats and bass notes are pronounced and smooth.

The only downside to the Qbert Signature Scratch Cartridge is the price. These carts are quite expensive, but it pays for the true Ortofon quality. If you want the ultimate scratch cartridge, it would be hard to go wrong with a set of the Ortofon Qberts.

Shure Whitelabel

Direct from Shure:

The Shure Whitelabel cartridge is a truly revolutionary piece of DJ technology. It is an optimal choice for Digital DJs, providing superb tracking of time-coded records, and minimal sonic coloration when mixing between digital files and analog records.

Tailored for the club environment, Whitelabel features sonic characteristics including solid drop bass, flat mids, and accented highs. With a sleek and ergonomic design, the cartridge additionally delivers higher trackability, lower tone-arm resonance, and better skip resistance. It also includes an adjustable stylus overhang, reliable electrical contact, and improved stylus visibility.

Review

Shure Whitelabel DJ cartridges are some of the best sounding club grade mixing needles you can buy. A mix of smooth bass, warm but detailed mids and highs, give these carts an almost perfect sound for high volume environments.

The Shure Whitelabel cartridge is best used for mixing, but can be scratched with using higher weight settings. My personal setup for Whitelabels is 4-5 grams when scratching and 2-3 grams when mixing.

I feel that white labels are the best cartridge to use for drum and bass, jungle, and house music. The smooth bass and supreme detail makes all your classic vinyl sound really great. These are my #1 pick, if you like to spin actual vinyl. Another great feature of this cartridge is the high visibility stripe down the center. This is used for cueing, many cartridges cover the record, whereas the Whitelabel lets you see exactly where you place the needle.

The only downside about Shure Whitelabels is the cost. They run about $90 each, and the replacement styli run about $40 each. Considering the long life of the cartridge though, it’s not a bad investment.

Whitelabel cartridges are also the only overhang adjustable concord cartridge on the market. The genius one piece design still allows precise tracking adjustments to fit any user. A maintenance tip for Whitelabels is to make sure the overhang adjustment screw is always tight, as these do loosen over time.