Ortofon 2M Black MM Moving Magnet Cartridge

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Ortofon 2M Black MM Moving Magnet Cartridge
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Winner of The Absolute Sound's 2008 "Product of the Year" Award

Ridiculously good - Michael Fremer Analogue Planet Gruvy Awards Cartridges Over $500
“The 2M Red is the entry level and 2M Black is the flagship. The 2M Black has a light, fast touch with good treble extension. Its greatest attribute is the way it provides a more transparent window on the world of micro-energies, permitting it to plumb the depths of soundstaging and dimensionality. Their performance is a fitting tribute to Ortofon and chief engineer Per Windfield!” - Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound, Product of Year Award

Compared to the average entry-level MC, the 2M Black is a nicely balanced, well-behaved and highly detailed little star. Its manners are impeccable and it's musically more involving and less mechanical than most of them. That  is why it’s the benchmark model in d the market.-  theaudiobeat review

The 2M Black Series is the MM flagship from Ortofon

Ortofon’s 2M Black has received numerous accolades from nearly every hifi magazine on the planet and with good reason – it’s a fantastic sounding cartridge

The 2M Black is graced with a Shibata diamond stylus – the same diamond as on the acclaimed MC Jubilee. Its slim, highly polished profile allows an exceedingly wide contact area to the groove walls and ensures notably detailed reproduction throughout the spectrum, including even the most high frequency groove information.

The cartridge body used for the 2M Black is manufactured from a newly-developed Lexan DMX Piano Black, a revolutionary material which ensures high rigidity while eliminating unwanted resonances.

The 2M Black uses a special upgraded engine, featuring split pole pins with a silver plated copper wire.

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"Ridiculously good." - Michael Fremer Analogue Planet Gruvy Awards Cartridges MM Over $500

The Ortofon 2M Black has to be one of the best moving magnet cartridges currently available, as well as one of the most practical, due to its high output, normal tracking force and weight. This is a masterful design for anyone keen to get the best from LP - Hifi World Reveiw

"A stately, deliberate, precise, and slightly forward sound that never came close to crossing the line to slow, plodding, sluggish, or reserved." "One of the Black’s bona fide strengths was its way with tone and timbre," which led to "a full, rich re-creation of three-dimensional instruments." "Soundstaging was superb, the 2M Black handling instrumental separation very well." "It doesn't match the sheer resolving power of the best moving coils," and it "fails to shine its light into the rear corners [of the soundstage] as well as I would have liked," but "the list of strengths far outweighed that of weaknesses.""All in all, the Black is well-thought-out design with some top-notch features usually found on cartridges costing far, far more." - Soundstage
At the end of the day this cart is worth every penny put into it and I agree with The Absolute Sound in that this is more than likely the spiritual heir to the venerable (and very much missed) Shure V15 series cart. If you can afford it, get it! - Audioreview


Output Voltage (at 1kHz, 5cm/sec): 5mV
Channel Balance at 1kHz: 1dB
Channel Separation at 1kHz: 26dB
Channel Separation at 15kHz: 1-5dB
Frequency Range (at -3dB): 20 Hz - 31 kHz
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz: +2 / -0dB
Tracking Ability at 315Hz: Typically 80μm
Compliance, Dynamic, Lateral: 22μm / mN
Stylus Type: Nude Shibata
Stylus Tip Radius r / R: 6 / 50μm
Tracking Force Range: 1.4 - 1.7g (14 - 17mN)
Recommended Tracking Force: 1.5g (15mN)
Tracking Angle: 20º
Internal Impedance / DC Resistance: 1.2kΩ
Internal Inductance: 630mH
Recommended Load Resistance: 47kΩ
Recommended Load Capacitance: 150 - 300pF
Cartridge Colour Body / Stylus: Black / Black
Cartridge Weight: 7.2g

Replacement Stylus Unit: STYLUS 2M BLACK


Ortofon 2M Black MM Moving Magnet Cartridge




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