The 2M Red is an all-purpose cartridge that delivers open, dynamic sound with a slight touch of warmth!
Ortofon 2M Red
The Ortofon 2M Red MM Cartridge features an improved engine, which provides an increased output of 5.5mV and an optimized sound reproduction and a high level of sonic accuracy & a tipped Elliptical diamond and split pole pins with a copper wire. The 2M Red is an all-purpose cartridge that delivers open, dynamic sound with a slight touch of warmth!
The 2M Series is developed in conjunction with the Danish Industrial designer Møller Jensen Design, the same designer who designed the award winning MC Jubilee and Kontrapunkt series. 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 name 2M was selected from among several ideas. Ortofon wanted a modern name that would be easy to pronounce and remember, and therefore an alphanumerical name was chosen. 2M means MM, which is the abbreviation for moving magnet.
Of course the 2M isn't just another pretty face. It has been engineered to the highest standards and is congruent with Ortofon's unrelenting commitment to providing the most precise and accurate reproduction possible without coloration.
The 2M series of cartridges features Ortofon's trademark split pole pins, an invention that enables moving magnet cartridges to have a flat frequency response, as with a moving coil cartridge. Split pole pins were invented by Ortofon, and were originally presented in the 500 series and OM Super series.
Ortofon has optimized the design for ease of mounting the cartridge, and the weight and size to fit the most common turntables on the market today. The 2M Series provides excellent compatibility when used in an assortment of playback systems and with a wide variety of phono preamps.
...a pleasing ambience... intimate, trembling quality... bass in proportion... good detail... realistic without going into hardness... sense of space even in the climaxes..
...The 2M line has become a de facto reference for moving-magnet cartridges...it is due to both the sound quality of the various 2M models as well as the wide price range across the line... The differences among the four stereo 2M models occur in three primary areas: stylus profile, body material, and engine... The 2M Black is "open, fast, detailed, vivid, full of vitality and sonically spectacular." It is a true high-resolution transducer that consequently puts great demands on the downstream electronics and speakers... On the other end, the 2M Red is far more forgiving than the 2M Black, but also less involving, at least in the context of my system (the turntable is a Technics SP-15 with an Audio-Technica ATP-12T tonearm, both in a Technics SH-15B2 base - red.)...
...with the 2M Blue ...you get the audiophile treatment: a full-range, highly resolving presentation that sounds neither stiff nor unforgiving. In fact, the 2M Blue's balance, both tonally and in terms of overall resolution, may be its greatest feat. It's an easy cartridge to listen to, and even novice listeners... While the 2M Black sounds more immediately impressive, the 2M Bronze is the more satisfying over the long haul, halving the difference between the Black's speed and resolution and the Blue's balance. In fact... it is a mixture of all of these sonic virtues. It's fast, but not ostentatiously so; it turns information into music, and it does this because it is better balanced, neither leaning in one sonic direction or another. I would say that it represents not just the 2M line's sweet spot but also its musical core. ...
|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 - 3dB||20-22.000 Hz|
|Frequency response||20-20.000 Hz + 3 / - 1 dB|
|Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force||70 µm|
|Compliance, dynamic, lateral||20 µm/mN|
|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)|
|Internal impedance, DC resistance||1,3 kOhm|
|Internal inductance||700 mH|
|Recommended load resistance||47 kOhm|
|Recommended load capacitance||150-300 pF|
|Cartridge colour, 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)|
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