2M PnP MkII cartridge with integrated headshell weight - 20 g
Ortofon’s 2M Red is a ridiculously fine sounding cartridge. If you busted your budget buying a new or used turntable, it can help you through the “lean” period while you save for something better, but know that it will sound good and take good care of your precious records - Michael Fremer Analogueplanet
The Absolute Sound Product of the Year Award Winner 2010!
"...one sophisticated and musical cartridge - for the price of a nice dinner for two." -Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound
The Ortofon 2M Red raises the bar for budget cartridge performance. You won't find a cartridge in the range that pulls more detail from the groove. Sonically, the 2M Red is transparent, convincing, and accurate.
Ortofon's new 2M PNP headshell is a practical and elegant solution for those who wish direct and easy mounting and replacement on their tonearm. This "plug n' play" option makes changing your cartridge a snap.
The Ortofon 2M PNP Red is an evolution and an update of Ortofon's best-selling OM Series of Moving Magnet cartridges. The 2M body, generator and stylus profile have all been greatly improved and this great budget cartridge integrates 21st century technology in an affordable package.
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 Red uses an improved engine, which provides an increased output of 5.5mV. The 2M Red features a tipped elliptical diamond.
The 2M series was developed in conjunction with Danish designer Møller Jensen Design – the same designer who designed the award winning MC Jubilee and very successful 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 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 seriesdesign has been optimized for ease of mounting and their weight and size fit virtually any current turntable.
The name 2M was selected among several ideas. Ortofon wanted a modern name which would be both easy to pronounce and to remember, therefore an alpha numerical name was chosen. Mathematically 2M can be also represented as MM, which also happens to be the abbreviation for moving magnet.
Of course the 2M isn’t just another pretty face. Engineered to the highest standards the 2M series follows Ortofon’s unrelenting commitment to providing the most precise and accurate reproduction possible without coloration.
2M Headshell features:
Universal mount fitting a wide range of tonearms.
The headshell body is manufactured from a special compound used for Medical industry, 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 Tonearms , likewise with the major part of tonearms with universal mount
Weight 16,9g, weight with a 2M cartridge pre-mounted 20g
exclusive plug-and-play solution
Technical data 2M Red
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 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 colour, body/stylus Black/Red
Cartridge weight 7,2 g
Replacement stylus unit 2M Red (interchangeable with 2M Blue)
Stylus protection guard 2M Red