The Ortofon 2M magnetic cartridge system is designed and developed for high performance reproduction of your favorite analogue records.Ortofon has developed magnetic cartridges in various designs for many types of record players, tone arms and for special purposes throughout the last 40 years. And now - as we approach Ortofon´s 90 years Company Anniversary - we decided to combine our expertise and latest technology in the development of this outstanding cartridge design. As a result of reviewer listening tests we feel confident that you will appreciate and enjoy the unique qualities of these cartridges.
2M is developed together with the Danish designer "MøllerJensen Design" from Copenhagen, Denmark - the same designer who designed the award winning cartridge MC Jubilee and the Kontrapunkt series. The inspiration for designing the 2M was related to the facets of the diamond - elegantly concentrating its contours against the grooves on the record surface. The name 2M was selected among several ideas. We wanted a modernname which should be easy to pronounce and to remember, and therefore an alpha numerical name was chosen. 2M means MM, which is the abbreviation for moving magnet. We are using the same names on our 2M series as we use at our Rondo series: Red, Blue and Bronze. The 2M Black will become the flagship of 2M. 2M was the last product of our former chief engineer Per Windfield. He has worked with the 2M for the last two years.The 2M Technology
2M are designed for precise and accurate retrieval of the information in the record groove. Our philosophy is to play the record sound as accurate as possible, without coloring the sound. We have optimized the design for ease of mounting the cartridge, weight and size to fit the most common turntables at the market today. All of the 2M cartridges feature diamonds which are polished to the highest standards in the industry. The 2M Red features a tipped elliptical diamond, while the 2M Blue features a nude elliptical diamond.
The 2M Bronze features a nude Fine Line diamond stylus, which is particularly suited for demanding applications. The slim profile of the Fine Line stylus will track even the highest frequency information, making it a must for discerning listeners. Additionally, its larger footprint ensures reduced distortion and record wear. The 2M Black is the new moving magnet flagship from Ortofon. The 2M black is graced with a Shibata diamond stylus - the same diamond as on the acclaimed MC Jubilee. Its slim, highly polished profile allows an exceedingly wide contact area to the groove walls and ensures notably detailed reproduction throughout the spectrum, including even the most high frequency groove information. The 2M series has interchangeable stylus units and replacement stylus is available.
To obtain a flat frequency response as with a Moving Coil cartridge we are using the slit pole pins to reduce the eddy current. The slit pole pins is an Ortofon invention which was presented in the 500 series and the Super OM series. The 2M Red and 2M Blue both have the same engine with slit pole pins. With this improved engine we have been able to increase to output to 5,5 mV. The cartridge body used for the 2M Bronze and 2M Black is manufactured from a newly-developed Noryl plastic/glass combination, a revolutionary material which ensures high rigidity while eliminating unwanted resonances. The 2M Bronze and 2M Black use a special upgraded engine, featuring split pole pins with a silver plated copper wire.2M Series Newsletter from OrtofonDetails on Ortofon Cartridge and Stylus Installation and MaintenanceA Brief History of OrtofonOrtofon Stylus History Chart
Ortofon 2M Cartridge Literature PDF Ortofon 2M Specifications PDF2M Product of the Year in TAS
Ortofon is proud to be the recipient of The Absolute Sound's annual Product of the Year award for the acclaimed 2M Series of cartridges. Specifically awarded the distinction are our 2M Red and 2M Black cartridges.
According to the article, the 2M's greatest attribute is "the way it provides a more transparent window on the world of micro-energies, permitting it to plumb the depths of soundstaging and dimensionality." The 2M Red is Ortofon's entry level magnetic cartridge, with an elliptical diamond, where the 2M Black is by contrast, Ortofon's best moving magnet design, featuring a nude Shibata stylus.
Absolute Sound An Heir to The Shure? By Neil Gader, June/July 2008
Likewise, the 2M Red has nothing to be red faced about, either. In a hobby not noted for bargains the Red is a screaming deal-an entry-level cartridge at its finest. In both instances these are worthy heirs to the Shure.
Tonally the Red is cut from the same midrange cloth as the Black and captures harsh recordings and enriched with a stronger midrange orientation and a slight treble roll-off. During the final movement of the Ninth, it distances the violin section slightly and brings the celli and bass boils a row or two close to the audience. Bass quality is excellent, the near-equal of the Black.Hi-Fi World Review
The inexpensive Red was a very interesting proposition at its low price. It lacks the top end bite, but also top end detail of the Blue’s stylus, yet it still comes over as clear and open in its sound, with a fine tone on good material. Surprisingly, it also has more powerful low bass, making it muscular and weighty on well recorded discs.
In a Nutshell then, the new Ortofon 2M Blue and Red moving magnet cartridges offer a thoroughly modern sound that suits today’s albums. Both are highly revealing and an engaging listen that is nothing other than very impressive at the price.Hi-Fi World Progress Report By Noel Keywood, May 2007
Vinyl replay has come a long way since the 1970s, with new developments seemingly every month. Ortofon’s brand new 2M Red and Blue moving magnets are the company’s latest cartridges offers, promising far superior sound to the old 520 range. So how do they compare to the thirty year old classic budget MM, such as Nagaoka’s MP11? Noel Keywood couldn’t resist finding out…Vinylengine Mid-Fi Cartridge: Ortofon 2M Red Or Denon DL110? By Pat O’Mally, May 2008
I have had both DL-110 and DL-160 and the 2M Red is more resolving, more exiting, more balanced, more open, more bass, more topend, more satisfying.Audiokarma.org Loving my new Ortofon 2M Red RastaFish, January 2009
I have been using a 2M Red with my Technics SL-D1 for a while now, and I will second the positive comments in this thread. Nice and clean top end, smooth mids, plenty of bass but not muddy at all. Very satisfying to listen to even for long periods of time.Stevehoffman.tv Ortofon 2M Red vs Blue? Daniel Thomas, May 2009
It's great to see that a great phono cart won't have to cost a fortune. And it's also great that I can step down from the Dyna 10x5 and still enjoy the music.