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Ortofon
 Ortofon is a fine mechanical powerhouse, which develops, manufactures and markets the world acclaimed Ortofon cartridges and components.
We benefit from being established in Denmark, a country recognized for its strong tradition in acoustics and its wealth of other high-end manufacturers, acoustic measurement equipment, in addition to all aspects of high-end audio.
Ortofon is owned by Danish businessmen and employs a staff of 95 people. The Ortofon manufacturing unit in Nakskov in the south of Denmark has modern machinery combined with experienced operators, so human craftsmanship is delivered with uniform industrial quality.

Ortofon 2M Red Plug and Play Cartridge
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2M Series

The new 2M headshell is a practical and elegant solution for our customers who wish direct and easy mounting and replacement on their tonearm. The combination of 2M Headshell and 2M Series cartridge adds unique distinction to the turntable! The 2M Red and 2M Blue are designed for precise and accurate retrieval of the information in the record groove. Indeed, it is Ortofon's lasting philosophy to only ever play the recorded sound, without colouration. To obtain a flat frequency response, as with a Moving Coil cartridge, Ortofon are using split pole pins in the 2M design, to reduce the eddy current. The split pole pins are an Ortofon invention which was originally presented in the 500 and Super OM series, to great effect. The 2M Red and 2M Blue both use the same engine with split pole pins. With this improved engine Ortofon have been able to increase the output to an impressive 5.5 mV.

The 2M technology
Both the 2M Red and 2M Blue have diamonds which are polished to the highest standards of the industry. 2M Red has a tipped elliptical diamond, and the 2M Blue has a nude elliptical diamond. The design has been optimized for easy mounting on to a tonearm; the weight and size of all 2M models is well-suited to fit the most common turntables on today's market. The 2M Red and 2M Blue also have interchangeable stylus units, and replacement styli are readily available in the UK.

About the unique 2M design
2M was developed by Ortofon in conjunction with "Møller Jensen Design" from Copenhagen, Denmark - the same designer who collaborated on the award-winning MC Jubilee cartridge, and the coveted 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. Ortofon wanted a modern name which would be easy to pronounce around the world, and to remember. Therefore an alpha-numerical name was chosen...2M means MM, which is simply the common abbreviation for Moving Magnet.

The 2M range has been structured in the same way as the popular Rondo and Cadenza Moving Coil series, with ascending quality as you move from Red - Blue - Bronze - Black. The spectacular 2m Black has become the flagship of 2M, and all Ortofon moving magnet cartridges. 2M was also the last product designed by Ortofon's former chief engineer, Per Windfield. He developed the 2M series over the final 2 years of his 30 year tenure with Ortofon. 

  • Universal mount fitting a wide range of tonearm
  • Improved engine, which provides an output of 5.5mV
  • Optimised sound reproduction and high level of sonic accuracy
  • Tipped Elliptical diamond
  • Split pole pins with a copper wire
  • All-purpose cartridge that delivers open, dynamic sound with a slight touch of warmth.
  • Stylus brush included
  • The headshell body is manufactured from a special compound used in the medical industry, which ensures high rigidity while reducing unwanted vibration
  • Elegant hi-tech design
  • Length 52mm. Headshell with a 2M cartridge pre-mounted provides correct Baerwald alignment with Ortofon TA-110/210, likewise with the major part of tonearms with universal mount
  • Headshell weight 16.9g, weight with a 2M cartridge pre-mounted 23g
  • Available for standard headshell mount or verso version
Ortofon 2M Red, What Hi-Fi?, Online Review

What Hi-Fi?, Online Review

Rating: 4/5 Stars

"Resolution from this cartridge is more than competent, and the sense of space and inflection sits well"

Click here to read the full review at What Hi-Fi?

Ortofon 2M Red, Hi-Fi Choice, May 2011

Hi-Fi Choice, May 2011

Score: 4.5/5 Stars, 'Recommended' 

Comments of Note: 
"...design is striking..." 
"Ortofon cartridges are very informative...well extended at both frequency extremes...this one seems to fit the pattern." 
"...the treble is notably clean and tidy, full of life without ever becoming strident or harsh." 
"Bass is assured..." 
"...tracking very confident..."

Ortofon 2M Red, Tech Radar, April 2011

Tech Radar, April 2011

Reviewed By: Richard Black
Score: 4.5/5 Stars

Comments of note:
“Its design is striking and evidently influenced by the facetting of gemstones, appropriately enough.”
“An elliptical-profile diamond is used and the generator assembly uses split-pole pins – these are part of the magnetic circuit and the idea is to improve extreme treble response, which is typically a weak point of moving magnets.”
“Ortofon cartridges are very informative and well extended at both frequency extremes and this one seems to fit that pattern. In fact the treble is notably clean and tidy, full of life without ever becoming strident or harsh.”
“We found tracking very confident across the recommend downforce range, so settled on the minimum, 1.6g.”
“It’s worth experimenting, because at best this is one of the most detailed cartridges we've come across at this kind of price.”

Ortofon 2M Red, Hi-Fi News, October 2008

HiFi News, October 2008

Reviewed By: Steve Harris & Paul Miller
Feature: Group Test of £60-£100 MM Cartridges
Score: Outstanding Product

Comments of Note:
"...had a pleasing ambience...intimate, trembling quality." 
"Bass was in proportion...good detail..." 
"...realistic without going into hardness." 
"...sense of space was still there even in the climaxes."

Output Voltage (at 1kHz, 5cm/sec): 5.5mV
Channel Balance at 1kHz: 1.5dB
Channel Separation at 1kHz: 22dB
Channel Separation at 15kHz: 15dB
Frequency Range (at -3dB): 20Hz - 22kHz
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz: +3 / -1dB
Tracking Ability at 315Hz: Typically 70μm
Compliance, Dynamic, Lateral: 20μm / mN
Stylus Type: Elliptical
Stylus Tip Radius r / R: 8 / 18μm
Tracking Force Range: 1.6 - 2.0g (16 - 20mN)
Recommended Tracking Force: 1.8g (18mN)
Tracking Angle: 20º
Internal Impedance / DC Resistance: 1.3kΩ
Internal Inductance: 700mH
Recommended Load Resistance: 47kΩ
Recommended Load Capacitance: 150 - 300pF
Cartridge Colour Body / Stylus: Black / Red
Weight: 23g
Replacement Stylus Unit: Stylus 2M Red
Accessories:  Stylus brush
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