The Absolute Sound Product of the Year and Editors' Choice Awards-Winner, a Stereophile Recommended Component: Ortofon 2M Black MM Phono Cartridge Is High-Value High-End
The 2M Series flagship Ortofon 2M Black moving-magnet phono cartridge utilizes a Shibata stylus, usually not found on cartridges any where near this price. With a heavily upgraded generator and a proprietary body material, the 2M Black is exceedingly fast, detailed yet supremely musical. An excellent value supported by across-the-board acclaim from industry experts and analog lovers alike.
"The 2M Black has a light, fast touch with good treble extension. Its 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. Their performance is a fitting tribute to Ortofon and chief engineer Per Windfield!"
– Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound, Product of Year Award
– Stereophile, Class C Recommended Component
“A very transparent and detailed stylus, the Ortofon handles subtlety well, with vocals especially possessing supreme inflection and insight.”
—What Hi-Fi?, four-star review
“Ortofon’s 2M Black has received numerous accolades from nearly every hifi magazine on the planet and with good reason – it’s a fantastic-sounding cartridge.”
The 2M series of cartridges feature Ortofon's trademark split pole pins, an invention which enables moving magnet cartridges to have flat frequency response, just like a moving coil cartridge. Ortofon invented the Split pole pin technology and were originally offered in the 500 series and Super OM series.
The 2M series was developed in conjunction with Danish designer Møller Jensen Design. Inspired by the facets of a diamond, whose contours gracefully trace the grooves on a record's surface, the 2M's handsome elegance establishes a great combination of form and functionality.
The 2M Series is designed for precise and accurate retrieval of the information in the record groove. Ortofon's philosophy is to make cartridges which reproduce the record grooves as accurately as possible, without coloring the sound. The 2M Series design has been optimized for ease of mounting and their weight and size fit virtually any current turntable.
Channel balance at 1 kHz 1 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz 26 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz 15 dB
Frequency range at - 3dB 20-31.000 Hz
Frequency response 20-20.000 + 2 / - 0 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
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 kOhm
Recommended load capacitance 150-300 pF
Cartridge color, body/stylus Black/Black
Cartridge weight 7.2g
Replacement stylus unit 2M Black