Any DJ knows the importance of having the right cartridge and stylus for their style. The wrong cartridge can leave your sound wimpy and lacking, while the wrong stylus can have a serious impact on your performance – the wrong stylus might scratch your record badly (if you’re scratching with the wrong stylus, for example). Thankfully, the Ortofon Nightclub MKII DJ cartridge has exactly what you need to keep your performances at the level they should be. What will you find with this cartridge? Let’s take a look under the hood, so to speak.

You’ve Seen It Before

First, you’ll find that the Ortofon Nightclub MKII DJ cartridge might seem familiar. That’s because the MKII builds on the groundbreaking features and performance of the original Nightclub model. Under the stylish case here, you’ll find some new advancements in technology that make this an ideal solution for any DJ, no matter what your style.

More Than the Same Song and Dance

Of course, you’ll find that there is more there than just what’s come before. The new MKII ensures you give a powerful performance every time. How’s that work? First, you’ll find that the new cartridge body is sleek, smooth and stylish. There’s no need for your gear to suffer from a utilitarian look – the new MKII is both immensely functional and easy on the eyes, as well. Inside that stylish cartridge body, you’ll find ramped up voltage output – that helps you avoid wimpy, tinny, puny sound and ensure that your sound is always energetic and powerful. The increased voltage output is ideal for DJ mixers (and was designed that way, actually).

According to Ortofon: The Nightclub MKII uses what we refer to as a “special” elliptical stylus. This allows backcueing, whereas regular ellpticals do not at all. This is the same diamond we use on the Arkiv model, and it is also the same as what was on the Nightclub-E mk1 version. It’s not very friendly for scratching, as it’s mainly designed for best sound quality (compared with spherical types which are great for scratching but don’t offer the same sound).

The Technical Details

Of course, before you buy any DJ cartridge, you need to take a closer look at the technical specs. Comparing the Ortofon Nightclub MKII DJ cartridge to others on the market reveals just how many benefits this new model offers. Here’s what you gain:

First, it’s available in a range of configurations, including kit, single, as well as twin and kit Concorde options.

Ortofon says: The output voltage is 8mV, the frequency response is 20Hz-20kHz +/- 1.5dB, and the channel separation is 23dB at 1kHz.

The stylus tip radius is r/R 13/25 µm, and the tracking force range is 2.0-5.0 g (20-50 mN), though the recommended tracking force range is 3.0g (30 mN) with a 20-degree tracking angle.


The Ortofon Nightclub MKII DJ cartridge offers excellent performance, tremendous sound quality and the consistent results that you need as a professional DJ. The cartridge is ideal for all DJ styles, from club to studio, and offers increased output voltage, as well as stylish new design.