2M Red

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2M Red Technical data

Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec.  -  5,5 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz   -  1,5 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz  -  22 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz  -  15 dB
Frequency range at - 3dB  -  20-22.000 Hz
Frequency response  -  20-20.000 Hz + 3 / - 1 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force  -  70 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral  -  20 µm/mN
Stylus type  -  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/Red
Cartridge weight  -  7,2 g
Replacement stylus unit  -  2M Red (interchangeable with 2M Blue and 2M Silver)

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Review quote: Exploring Ortofon's 2M Lineup

The Audio Beat, August 2016
by Marc Mickelson

"...The 2M line has become a de facto reference for moving-magnet cartridges...it is due to both the sound quality of the various 2M models as well as the wide price range across the line... The differences among the four stereo 2M models occur in three primary areas: stylus profile, body material, and engine ...
... The 2M Black is "open, fast, detailed, vivid, full of vitality and sonically spectacular." It is a true high-resolution transducer that consequently puts great demands on the downstream electronics and speakers...
...On the other end, the 2M Red is far more forgiving than the 2M Black, but also less involving, at least in the context of my system (the turntable is a Technics SP-15 with an Audio-Technica ATP-12T tonearm, both in a Technics SH-15B2 base - red.)...
...with the 2M Blue ...you get the audiophile treatment: a full-range, highly resolving presentation that sounds neither stiff nor unforgiving. In fact, the 2M Blue's balance, both tonally and in terms of overall resolution, may be its greatest feat. It's an easy cartridge to listen to, and even novice listeners...
...While the 2M Black sounds more immediately impressive, the 2M Bronze is the more satisfying over the long haul, halving the difference between the Black's speed and resolution and the Blue's balance. In fact... it is a mixture of all of these sonic virtues. It's fast, but not ostentatiously so; it turns information into music, and it does this because it is better balanced, neither leaning in one sonic direction or another. I would say that it represents not just the 2M line's sweet spot but also its musical core. ..."


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2M Red features:

- an improved engine, which provides an increased output of 5.5mV and an optimized sound reproduction and a high level of sonic accuracy

- a tipped Elliptical diamond and split pole pins with a copper wire

2M Red is an all-purpose cartridge that delivers open, dynamic sound with a slight touch of warmth.



Review quote 2M Red

Hi-Fi News October 2008
Reviewed by Steve Harris and Paul Miller

"...a pleasing ambience...
...intimate, trembling quality...
...bass in proportion...
...good detail...
...realistic without going into hardness...
...sense of space even in the climaxes..."


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The 2M Red Verso model is an alternative product for bottom mount tonearms.

To find the recommended Ortofon replacement cartridge for your turmtable/tonearm please check out Replacement Cartridges selector »

How to replace M2,0 mm screws on 2M Red Verso

1. Remove the stylus with the stylus protection guard from the cartridge body to avoid any damage to the diamond.
2. Using Torx 8 key, unscrew the black screw from the Verso top plate.
3. Remove the top plate from the cartridge body by pulling the screws off.
4. Remove the two countersunk screws from the top plate.
5. Insert the two M2,0 mm screws in the top plate.

6. Mount the top plate on the cartridge body. Hold the top plate with screw-threads hanging down and turn the cartridge body 180 degrees. Mount from above.
7. Mount the black screw in the top plate and tighten with appropriate force.
8. Mount the cartridge on the tonearm using the enclosed tool.
9. Mount the stylus with the stylus protection guard on the cartridge body.

2M Red accessories included the package

2M Red accessories included the package:

  • 1 x Stylus brush
  • 1 x Screwdriver
  • 2 x Screw M2,5 x 5
  • 2 x Screw M2,5 x 7 

2M Red Verso accessories included the package:

  • 1 x Stylus brush
  • 1 x Allen key Torx 6
  • 1 x Allen key Torx 8
  • 2 x Screw M2,0 x 6

2M Red exclusive plug-and-play solution

The 2M headshell is a practical and elegant solution for our customers who wish direct and easy mounting and replacement on their tonearm. The combination of 2M Headshell and 2M Series cartridge adds unique distinction to the turntable!

- Universal mount fitting a wide range of tonearms.
- Weight with a 2M cartridge pre-mounted 23g. NB: please check the applicable for the tonearm cartridge and headshell weight range and use the auxiliary weight if needed. On Technics models it is vital to use the auxiliary weight.
- The headshell body is manufactured from a special compound used for Medical industry, ensures high rigidity while reducing unwanted vibration
- Elegant hi-tech design
- Length 52mm. Headshell with a 2M cartridge pre-mounted provides correct Baerwald alignment with Ortofon TA-110/ TA-210 tonearms, likewise with the major part of tonearms with universal mount  

NB: available only with a 2M cartridge pre-mounted on the headshell.

The 2M Series is designed for precise and accurate retrieval of the information in the record groove

The 2M Series is developed in conjunction with the Danish Industrial designer Møller Jensen Design – the same designer who designed the award winning MC Jubilee and Kontrapunkt series. Inspired by the facets of a diamond, whose contours gracefully trace the grooves on a record’s surface, the 2M’s handsome elegance establishes a great combination of form and functionality.

The name 2M was selected from among 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.

Of course the 2M isn’t just another pretty face. It has been engineered to the highest standards and is congruent with Ortofon’s unrelenting commitment to providing the most precise and accurate reproduction possible without coloration.

Each of the 2M Series cartridges has its own individual sonic expression, and all five models together represent the ensemble of five classic variations:

  • 2M Mono SE, 2M Mono and 2M 78 are a true mono cartridges for playing mono vinyl records
  • 2M Red is an all-purpose cartridge that delivers open, dynamic sound with a slight touch of warmth
  • 2M Blue adds more dynamics and resolution, sounds more open and reproduces more details
  • 2M Bronze adds even more details and resolution but in a very evenhanded way that pays respect to all elements
  • 2M Black is the best of everything, true to the groove with resolution and accurate insight into each recording

The 2M series of cartridges features Ortofon’s 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.

Ortofon 2M Red €110.00 EUR In Stock
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2M Red


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