Ortofon 2M Black MM cartridge

Audiophile MM Hi-Fi cartridge

Standard Version: universal mount MM cartridge (screw centre distance 12.5mm). Captive nuts. Designed for top mount headshells.

Verso variant: universal mount MM cartridge (screw centre distance 12.5mm). Specifically designed for non top mount headshell models (e.g. THORENS TP11, TP 16, TP63). Bottom mount. 

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Manufacturer : ORTOFON

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Description

The Ortofon 2M Black MM cartridge is the benchmark cartridge of this new and already famous 2M range of the Danish constructor Ortofon.

This range designed in partnership with the Moller Jensen Design agency, which has developed other high-end products such as the Ortofon Mc Jubilee and Kontrapunkt cartridges!

Ortofon 2M Black: technology

All the models in this series (4 in total) feature a magnetic system that comprises a divided magnet.

This is not really a new technology as Ortofon invented it and already proposed it on the 500 models. But here it has been specially improved and optimised, noticeably reducing the distortion and particularly improving the linearity and extent of the frequency response especially in the treble which is often the weakness of moving magnet cartridges.

The intention of the manufacturer was clearly to propose a moving magnet cartridge with performances close to the ones achieved by a moving coil.

Ortofon 2M Black: body

The body of the 2M Black is made of a composite resin called 'Lexan DMX'. This groundbreaking material provides outstanding stiffness and wards off unwanted resonance.

The coils have silver-plated copper conductors. This generator is identical to the 2M Bronze’s.

Ortofon 2M Black: stylus

The very high quality stylus has a profile called Shibata. This profile is thin and highly polished which enables it to display a very extended frequency response (20 Hz-31 kHz) and a remarkable precision, among others in the high frequencies.

It must be said that this stylus is similar to that of the famous MC Jubiler.  

It must also be noted that its tracking force is lower than on the rest of the range, that is 1.5 g.

Ortofon 2M Black: listening and review

From the very first measures, we were surprised by the quality of its timbre. The various instruments are reproduced with great richness and precision, giving the performance a fabulous realism.

The sound mapping is eminently readable, and this 2M Black gives it its reputation for excellence for live recordings.

The definition is outstanding, this Shibata stylus will search for the slightest oscillations at the base of the groove.

The dynamic range is also great throughout the frequency response, which makes this cartridge highly versatile. It also works wonders on a work by Gustave Mahler as well as on the first Led Zeppelin LP!

It feels like listening to an impressive MC cartridge. The neutrality is also to be reckoned with, which makes for a very versatile cartridge in terms of equipment combination and musical style.

You could certainly consider this Ortofon 2M Black MM cartridge to be the best moving magnet cartridge on the market right now. It fulfils the demand of a stringent customers who do not have an MC phono preamplifier and want to be able to change their stylus.

A product with no real competitor in this segment!

Franck

Type: MM

Output: 5.0 mV

Channel separation at 1 kHz: 26dB

Frequency response at -3dB: 20 Hz/31 KHz

Compliance: 22 Um/Nm

Stylus: Nude Shibata

Tracking force: 1.4g/1.7g

Optimum tracking force: 1.5 g

SRA: 20°

Internal impedance: 1.2 K Ohm

Internal inductance: 630 MHz

Load resistance: 47 KHz

Load capacitance: 150-300 pF

Weight: 7.2 g

Replacement stylus: 2M Black or 2M Bronze Stylus 

Banc d'essais - Vumetre 2017

1.6 Mo - pdf

Customer reviews
(7 reviews)

Customer reviews

4.9/5
04/01/2020

Attendons le rodage...

Montée sur une Planar 3 (années 90) armée de son kit moteur 24 V, de son bras RB300 avec contrepoids Michell TecnoWeight et de son ajusteur de VTA, je l'ai alignée en Baerwald (ce qui fait coïncider l'avant de la cellule et l'extrémité du bras) et lui ai appliquée une force d'appui de 1,5 g. Venant d'une AT440MLb, je suis séduit par la richesse des timbres et la densité générale. Néanmoins, il semble que la précision de lecture soit inférieure y compris en réglant au mieux l'anti-skating à l'aide du disque HI-FI News. Mais le rodage va peut-être améliorer le suivi de piste. C'est ce que j'espère en étant bien conscient qu'une taille Micro-Line est sans doute supérieure sur ce point à une Shibata.
Il reste aussi à essayer d'autres alignements tels le Rega ou le Stevenson. Alors, on reparlera de tout ça après le rodage qui devrait être rapide étant donné le confinement.

01/10/2020

Incroyable!

Je m'attendais à une amélioration, mais à ce point?! Sur certains vinyles c'est le jour et la nuit- on les redécouvre entièrement!!

06/14/2019

ETONNANT

Au départ je voulais une cellule MM mais sur les conseils de Franck je ne l'ai pas fait, mon bras carbone Pro-ject étant trop léger.Ceci dit cette cellule s'adapte à tout type de musique et donne un son aéré avec bcp de dynamique en parfait accord avec mes Elipson ORTF ET MON ampli Advance acoustic.
Le problème restera tjrs le même pour un choix de X source: depuis le vinyle en passant par quatuorinterdependant enceintes/ampli/platine/cellule. Finalement le meilleur son c'est celui qu'on aime. Mais connaître les sources d'un banc d'essai dun élément serait un sacré plus.
Gd merci au site et sa disponibilité

07/04/2017

EXCELLENTE

Largeur de scène, précision, neutralité ou absence de coloration. Silence on tourne!

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Ortofon 2M Black MM cartridge

Ortofon 2M Black MM cartridge

Audiophile MM Hi-Fi cartridge

Standard Version: universal mount MM cartridge (screw centre distance 12.5mm). Captive nuts. Designed for top mount headshells.

Verso variant: universal mount MM cartridge (screw centre distance 12.5mm). Specifically designed for non top mount headshell models (e.g. THORENS TP11, TP 16, TP63). Bottom mount. 

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