The name 2M was selected from several ideas. We wanted a modern name that would be easy to pronounce and remember, and therefore an alphanumerical name was chosen. 2M means MM, which is the abbreviation for moving magnet.
The 2M series of cartridges features Ortofon trademark split pole pins, an invention that enables moving magnet cartridges to have a flat frequency response, as with a moving coil cartridge. Split pole pins were invented by Ortofon, and were originally presented in the 500 series and Super OM series.
We have optimized the design for ease of mounting the cartridge, and the weight and size to fit the most common turntables on the market today. The 2M Series provides excellent compatibility when used in an assortment of playback systems and with a wide variety of phono preamps.
The 2M Blue Series features:
An improved engine, which provides an increased output of 5.5mV
Nude Elliptical diamond and split pole pins with a copper wire
Technical data 2M Blue / 2M Blue Verso
Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec. 5,5 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz 1,5 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz 25 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz 15 dB
Frequency range at – 3dB 20-25.000 Hz
Frequency response 20-20.000 Hz + 2 / – 1 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force 80 ¬µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral 20 ¬µm/mN
Stylus type Nude 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/Blue
Cartridge weight 7,2 g
Replacement stylus unit 2M Blue (interchangeable with 2M Red)
Stylus protection guard 2M Blue
Never one to get left behind, Danish cartridge manufacturer Ortofon has recently revamped its moving magnet range to reflect the latest trends in turntable design. The completely new 2M series is designed for the modern marketplace, where entry-level sources (and amplifiers and speakers) are more resolving then ever before, and medium-mass tonearms have become the norm rather than a curious exception known only to the high-end buyer.
Ortofon’s 2M Blue catapults moving magnet performance into the modern era. It delivers the high resolution audiophiles expect from cartridges at any price, and does so with remarkable affordability. Like any revealing component, it requires special attention to setup and system matching, but it rewards those efforts in spades. If you’re looking for a warm and relaxed cartridge, look elsewhere. If, on the other hand, you’re in the market for insightful state-of-the-art performance and moving magnet flexibility on a budget, I can’t imagine a more attractive package for around $200. Highly recommended bargain. Ed Kobesky Read More