Replacement stylus for the popular 2M Red moving magnet cartridge. All 2M cartridges' styli can be interchanged with replacement styli from the rest of the series, but the 2M Bronze and Black have...
Replacement stylus for the popular 2M Red moving magnet cartridge. All 2M cartridges' styli can be interchanged with replacement styli from the rest of the series, but the 2M Bronze and Black have a superior cartridge body, when compared to the 2M Red and Blue. You will therefore not get the full performance of a 2M Black by placing a 2M Black Stylus on a 2M Red body - though the sound will be vastly improved. Similarly, a 2M Red Stylus will be a notable downgrade to a 2M Bronze or Black cartridge. The 2M Red is the ultimate introductory hi-fi cartridge. Combining affordability and superior sound, it is a must-try for any audiophile on a budget.
- Output Voltage (at 1kHz, 5cm/sec): 5.5mV
- Channel Balance at 1kHz: 1.5dB
- Channel Separation at 1kHz: 22dB
- Channel Separation at 15kHz: 15dB
- Frequency Range (at -3dB): 20 Hz - 22 kHz
- Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz: +3 / -1dB
- Tracking Ability at 315Hz:Typically 70μm
- Compliance, Dynamic, Lateral: 20μm / mN
- Stylus Type: Elliptical: 8 / 18μm
- Tracking Force Range: 1.6 - 2.0g (16 - 20mN)
- Recommended Tracking Force: 1.8g (18mN)
- Tracking Angle: 20º
- Internal Impedance / DC Resistance: 1.3kΩ
- Internal Inductance: 700mH
- Recommended Load Resistance: 47kΩ
- Recommended Load Capacitance: 150 - 300pF
- Cartridge Colour Body / Stylus: Black / Red
- Cartridge Weight: 7.2g
- Replacement Stylus Unit: Stylus 2M Red
- Accessories: Stylus brush, Screwdriver, Screws
To obtain a flat frequency response, as with a Moving Coil cartridge, Ortofon are using split pole pins in the 2M design, to reduce the eddy current. The split pole pins are an Ortofon invention which was originally presented in the 500 and Super OM series, to great effect.
The 2M Red and 2M Blue both use the same engine with split pole pins. With this improved engine Ortofon have been able to increase the output to an impressive 5.5 mV.
The 2M technology
Both the 2M Red and 2M Blue have diamonds which are polished to the highest standards of the industry. 2M Red has a tipped elliptical diamond, and the 2M Blue has a nude elliptical diamond.
The design has been optimized for easy mounting on to a tonearm; the weight and size of all 2M models is well-suited to fit the most common turntables on today's market.
The 2M Red and 2M Blue also have interchangeable stylus units, and replacement styli are readily available in the UK.
About the unique 2M design
2M was developed by Ortofon in conjunction with "Møller Jensen Design" from Copenhagen, Denmark - the same designer who collaborated on the award-winning MC Jubilee cartridge, and the coveted Kontrapunkt series.
The inspiration for designing the 2M was related to the facets of the diamond - elegantly concentrating its contours against the grooves on the record surface.
The name 2M was selected among several ideas. Ortofon wanted a modern name which would be easy to pronounce around the world, and to remember. Therefore an alpha-numerical name was chosen...
2M means MM, which is simply the common abbreviation for Moving Magnet.
The 2M range has been structured in the same way as the popular Rondo and Cadenza Moving Coil series, with ascending quality as you move from Red - Blue - Bronze - Black. The spectacular 2m Black has become the flagship of 2M, and all Ortofon moving magnet cartridges.
2M was also the last product designed by Ortofon's former chief engineer, Per Windfield. He developed the 2M series over the final 2 years of his 30 year tenure with Ortofon.
Ortofon are a Danish manufacturer of high quality moving coil and moving magnet phono cartridges that have been in business since 1918. Their cartridges and diamond tip styluses are designed to help you get the very best from your vinyl collection, giving an accurate sound reproduction. Focused on creating not just the best sound but a faithful representation of the recording, Ortofon’s range of phono cartridges are a great choice for vinyl lovers.
With a history dating back to 1918, Ortofon has been developing phono cartridges since 1948 and since then has manufactured over 300 different cartridge models. From high end moving coil cartridges such as the Cadenza Black to modern classics such as the 2M Blue, Ortofon offers an extremely diverse range of cartridges to suit a huge range of budgets.
Whether you prefer moving coil or moving magnet cartridges, you’ll be well served by Ortofon. Browse our selection of Ortofon cartridges below and get in touch with our team for further information or to discuss your vinyl needs.