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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 volt @1kHz, 5cm/sec: 5.5mV
- Channel balance at 1 kHz: 1,5 dB
- Channel separation at 1 kHz: 22 dB
- Channel separation at 15 kHz: 15 dB
- Frequency range @- 3dB: 20-22k Hz
- Freq response: 20-20k Hz +2/ -1dB
- Compliance, dynamic, lateral: 20 µm/mN
- Stylus type: Elliptical
- Stylus tip radius: r/R 8/18 µm
- Tracking force range: 1,6-2,0g (16-20mN)
- Tracking force rcmnd: 1,8 g (18 mN)
- Tracking angle: 20°
- Impedance, DC resistance: 1,3 kOhm
- Internal inductance: 700 mH
- Recommended load resistance: 47 kOhm
- Rcmnd load capacitance: 150-300 pF
- Cartridge weight: 7,2 g

Product Description

Ortofon 2M Red is a fantastic phono cartridge; one of the best budget models on the market. It is not surprising that it has received excellent reviews. The cartridge features a tipped elliptical diamond stylus which results in excellent sound quality, with high levels of detail in from your records. The cartridge was developed with Danish designer 'MøllerJensen Design', who were used for the award winning flagship Kontrapunkt and the Jubilee cartridges.

To future proof this cartridge the stylus is replaceable and the body has tapped screw threads, so you can attach the cartridge with a screw rather than having to fiddle around with tiny nuts and bolts. This cartridge offers excellent acoustic performance and is unbeatable in value for money.

Similar to 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. The 2M Red may be an entry level in the range however it offers excellent value for money and is one of the best value phono cartridges we have 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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