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Ortofon 2M Red MM Phono Cartridge


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Warranty length 2 Years
Brand Ortofon
Product Award HiFi News Outstanding Product

Tech Specs

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 + 2 / - 1 dB
Compliance, dynamic, lateral: 20 µm/mN
Stylus type: Elliptical
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)
Tracking angle: 20°
Internal impedance, DC resistance: 1,3 kOhm
Internal inductance: 700 mH
Recommended load resistance: 47 kOhm
Recommended load capacitance: 150-300 pF
Cartridge weight: 7,2 g
Please Note: The box design and accessories included may vary

Product Description

The Ortofon 2M red is a great value phono cartridge, one of the finest budget models we've ever heard, making it no suprise this giant beater has received some excellent reviews from the hi-fi press. It features a tipped elliptical diamond stylus to offer excellent sound quality with high levels of detail. It was developed with Danish designer 'MøllerJensen Design', who was used for the award winning flagship Jubilee and the Kontrapunkt cartridges.

The stylus is replaceable in future and the body even features tapped screw threads, so you can simply screw in the cartridge rather than fiddling around with nuts and bolts! Excellent performance and unbeatable value for money.

Much like the Ortofon Rondo and Ortofon Cadenza range, the Ortofon 2M range consists of an entry level red model, followed by a blue, bronze and flagship black model. Whilst the 2M Red is the entry level in the range followed by the 2M Blue, 2M Bronze and 2M Black (along with specialist 2M 78 and 2M Mono cartridges), the 2M Red offers excellent value for money and is one of the best value phono cartridges we've ever heard.


Press Reviews

  • "Ultra modern design that brings new levels of detail at the price." (Hi-Fi World Magazine)

  • "...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." (Hi-Fi News Magazine)

  • "...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." (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine)

  • "It might need a touch more authority, but we found this Ortofon a more than competent performer. With its distinctive coloured shell, Ortofon's 2M Red fits so snugly onto the Rega tonearm attached to our Thorens turntable it's as if they're a match made in heaven. The midrange is full and expressive, handling vocals with sensitivity and warmth. The bass and treble interact well here, and while we'd like more authority from the bass, it's a minor quibble that we can live with. Ideally, the Ortofon would be more responsive and pack a bit more power into its performance, but as it stands, it's a more-than-enjoyable listen." (What Hi-Fi Magazine Awards October 2013)

  • "Modern, high resolution budget moving magnets that are always an engaging listen." Ortofon 2M Red / Blue (Hi-Fi World Magazine World Standards)

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