Celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven's Birth with a MM Phono Cartridge That Takes Music Seriously: Ortofon 2M Black LVB 250 Features Shibata Diamond, Rubber Compound
The small headshot on the face of the Ortofon 2M Black LVB 250 is immediately recognizable and the deserved namesake of this special MM cartridge: Ludwig van Beethoven. Released in celebration of the anniversary of the composer's 250th birth, 2M Black LVB 250 draws from its world-renowned sibling, 2M Black, while boasting multiple performance and technical enhancements. Suffice it to say 2M Black LVB 250 takes music, sound, and details as seriously as the iconic composer.
Employing a nude Shibata diamond on a boron cantilever, the same combination as Ortofon's MC Cadenza Black, the model delivers several instant benefits. Namely, owing to the stylus' slim, highly polished profile, it registers an extremely wide contact area to LP groove walls and ensures remarkable reproduction throughout the frequency spectrum. The addition of boron translates to stiffness while retaining a light weight, allowing for audiophile-grade levels of transparency, speed, and responsiveness.
Brand-new to 2M Black LVB 250 is the implementation of a new rubber compound for the suspension, a trait that helps the cartridge attain optimal interaction between compliance and damping. Based on the Multi Wall Carbon Nano Tubes (MWCNT) nano filler, it offers desirable mechanical properties that which ensure superb damping. In addition, the MWCNT rubber compound stems from a more environmental friendly production, something good for everybody.
Weighing in at 7.2 grams and sporting a compliance of 22 μm/mN to suit the vast majority of modern tonearms, the Danish-made 2M Black LVB 250 proves as compatible as it does ear-catching. And for existing Ortofon users, it offers seamless interchangeability with 2M Bronze and 2M Black.
"[This] moving-magnet cartridge design pays tribute to Beethoven 250 years after his birth, complete with a picture of the composer on the side of its body.... Refined and composed, it uses a version of the stylus and cantilever found in the company's Cadenza Black moving-coil cartridge. This, along with a new suspension, contributes to a sound that boasts rock-solid imaging, great stereo focus and depth, along with a smooth, lush view of strings and other acoustic instruments."
—EISA Award for 2021-2022, Phono Cartridge
Channel balance at 1 kHz: < 1 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz: > 27 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz: 15 dB
Frequency response: 20-20.000 + 2 / - 1 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force: 80 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral: 22 µm/mN
Stylus type: Nude Shibata
Stylus tip radius: r/R 6/50 µm
Cantilever material - Boron
Tracking force range: 1.5-1.7 g (15-17 mN)
Tracking force, recommended: 1.6 g (16 mN)
Tracking angle: 20°
Internal impedance, DC resistance: 1.2 kOhm
Internal inductance: 630 mH
Recommended load resistance: 47 kOhm
Recommended load capacitance: 150-300 pF
Cartridge color, body/stylus: Black/Black
Cartridge weight: 7.2 g
Replacement stylus unit: 2M Black LVB 250
Interchangeable styli units: 2M Black and 2M Bronze