Ortofon 2M Moving-Magnet Phono Cartridges
Ortofon 2M Moving-Magnet Phono Cartridges

Upgrade Your Turntable Setup

Ortofon’s 2M Series has become the reference point for quality in moving-magnet cartridges. Each model features the company’s trademark split pole pins, which allow the cartridges to have as flat a frequency response as their moving-coil counterparts. The weight and size have been optimized to fit the most common turntables on the market today, and the body has been streamlined for easy mounting and alignment. Compatible with a wide range of playback systems and phono preamps, these cartridges are a great way to upgrade your turntable setup. Each model varies in profile, body material, and engine. Red is an ideal pairing for quality entry-level turntables; Blue boasts more dynamics, resolution, and openness; Orange adds even more detail; and Black offers the best of everything. 

Note: At checkout, choose Red (base price), Blue (+ $95), Bronze (+ $265), or Black (+ $365). 

The Reviews Are In

Of the Red model, Stereophile says, “If you've been enjoying your music through an OM cartridge but feel it's time to upgrade, the 2M Red is an excellent choice. I wouldn't think twice about it. You'll hear quieter backgrounds, a cleaner midrange, and more detail, treble, and bass. And if you're looking for a high-value cartridge to match a high-value 'table like the VPI Traveler, the 2M Red is an excellent place to start. It's exactly where I would start, delighted at the thought of eventually climbing all the way up the 2M ladder.” (Check out the TechRadar review, too.) About the high-end Black model, Hi-Fi News says, “When set up, the Ortofon 2M Black was immediately engaging, sounding powerful and vivid … It was natural recordings of full orchestra that confirmed that the 2M Black is a stellar moving-magnet cartridge.”

Specs

Ortofon Red

  • Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec: 5.5 mV
  • Channel balance at 1 kHz: 1.5 dB
  • Channel separation at 1 kHz: 22 dB
  • Channel separation at 15 kHz: 15 dB
  • Frequency range at -3 dB: 20–22,000 Hz
  • Frequency response: 20–20,000 Hz +3 / -1 dB
  • Tracking ability at 315 Hz at recommended tracking force: 70 µm
  • Compliance, dynamic, lateral: 20 µm/mN
  • Stylus type: Elliptical
  • Stylus tip radius: r/R 8/18 µm
  • Tracking force range: 1.6–2 g (16–20 mN)
  • Tracking force, recommended: 1.8 g (18 mN)
  • Tracking angle: 20°
  • Internal impedance, DC resistance: 1.3 kohm
  • Internal inductance: 700 mH
  • Recommended load resistance: 47 kohm
  • Recommended load capacitance: 150–300 pF
  • Cartridge color, body/stylus: Black/Red
  • Cartridge weight: 7.2 g
  • 2M PnP MkII cartridge with integrated headshell weight: 20 g
  • 2M PnP MkII cartridge with integrated headshell length: 52 mm 
  • Replacement stylus unit: 2M Red (interchangeable with 2M Blue and 2M silver)
  • User guide PDF
  • Brochure PDF

Ortofon Blue

  • Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec: 5.5 mV
  • Channel balance at 1 kHz: 1.5 dB
  • Channel separation at 1 kHz: 25 dB
  • Channel separation at 15 kHz: 15 dB
  • Frequency range at -3 dB: 20–25,000 Hz
  • Frequency response: 20–20,000 Hz +2 / -1 dB
  • Tracking ability at 315 Hz at recommended tracking force: 80 µm
  • Compliance, dynamic, lateral: 20 µm/mN
  • Stylus type: Nude Elliptical
  • Stylus tip radius: r/R 8/18 µm
  • Tracking force range: 1.6–2.0g (16–20 mN)
  • Tracking force, recommended: 1.8 g (18 mN)
  • Tracking angle: 20°
  • Internal impedance, DC resistance: 1.3 kohm
  • Internal inductance: 700 mH
  • Recommended load resistance: 47 kohms
  • Recommended load capacitance: 150–300 pF
  • Cartridge color, body/stylus: Black/Blue
  • Cartridge weight: 7.2 g
  • 2M PnP MkII cartridge with integrated headshell weight: 20 g
  • 2M PnP MkII cartridge with integrated headshell length: 52 mm 
  • Replacement stylus unit: 2M Blue (interchangeable with 2M Red and 2M Silver)
  • User guide PDF
  • Brochure PDF

Ortofon Bronze

  • Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec: 5 mV
  • Channel balance at 1 kHz: 1 dB
  • Channel separation at 1 kHz: 6 dB
  • Channel separation at 15 kHz: 15 dB
  • Frequency range at -3 dB: 20–29,000 Hz
  • Frequency response: 20–20,000 Hz +2 / -0 dB
  • Tracking ability at 315 Hz at recommended tracking force:80 µm
  • Compliance, dynamic, lateral: 22 µm/mN
  • Stylus type: Nude Fine Line
  • Stylus tip radius: r/R 8/40 µm
  • Tracking force range: 1.4–1.7 g (14–17 mN)
  • Tracking force, recommended: 1.5 g (15 mN)
  • Tracking angle: 20°
  • Internal impedance, DC resistance: 1.2 kohm
  • Internal inductance: 630 mH
  • Recommended load resistance: 47 kohms
  • Recommended load capacitance: 150–300 pF
  • Cartridge color, body/stylus: Black/Bronze
  • Cartridge weight: 7.2 g
  • 2M PnP MkII cartridge with integrated headshell weight: 20 g
  • 2M PnP MkII cartridge with integrated headshell length: 52 mm 
  • Replacement stylus unit: 2M Bronze (interchangeable with 2M Black)
  • User guide PDF
  • Brochure PDF

Ortofon Black

  • Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec: 5 mV
  • Channel balance at 1 kHz: 1 dB
  • Channel separation at 1 kHz: 26 dB
  • Channel separation at 15 kHz: 15 dB
  • Frequency range at -3 dB: 20-31,000 Hz
  • Frequency response: 20–20,000 +2 / -0 dB
  • Tracking ability at 315 Hz at recommended tracking force: 80 µm
  • Compliance, dynamic, lateral: 22 µm/mN
  • Stylus type: Nude Shibata
  • Stylus tip radius: r/R 6/50 µm
  • Tracking force range: 1.4–1.7g (14–17 mN)
  • Tracking force, recommended: 1.5 g (15 mN)
  • Tracking angle: 20°
  • Internal impedance, DC resistance: 1.2 kohm
  • Internal inductance: 630 mH
  • Recommended load resistance: 47 kohms
  • Recommended load capacitance: 150–300 pF
  • Cartridge color, body/stylus: Black/Black
  • Cartridge weight: 7.2 g
  • 2M PnP MkII cartridge with integrated headshell weight: 20 g
  • 2M PnP MkII cartridge with integrated headshell length: 52 mm 
  • Replacement stylus unit: 2M Black (interchangeable with 2M Bronze)
  • User guide PDF
  • Brochure PDF

Shipping

All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is Apr 30, 2018 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected. To deliver the best value to the group the request will then be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Be sure to check the discussion page for updates.