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
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
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