2M Black LVB 250 reviews' quotes
5 Stars and a Recommended badge
A lithe, vibrant, insightful sound far less flat and vague than most MMs
"...the Ortofon 2M Black LVB 250 offers amazing insight, detail and grip, making it an absolute must-audition cart."
Applause Award given by David Price
Ortofon’s new 2M Black LVB 250 cartridge is at the top table of moving magnet cartridges
"...the 2M Black LVB 250 is a big improvement, opening up the soundstage, throwing light onto the back of the recorded acoustic. It adds subtlety, detail, nuance, texture and speed too...
...The 2M Black LVB 250 was again a revelation, conjuring up a really wide soundstage inside which the instrumentalists were better etched. Depth perspective was excellent, and the finesse with which this cartridge did its stuff was startling from a moving magnet perspective...
...It (the 2M Black LVB 250 – red.) certainly has a worthy claim to being the best sounding moving magnet around."
Read the full review here: stereo.net.au/reviews/
By Ken Kessler
The most popular range of MMs on the planet - Ortofon's 2M series - has just got a new chief.
"...it (the 2M Black LVB 250 – red.) recreates space, especially stage width more so than depth… You could almost separate the vocalist from each other, but the more impressive element was that, despite this wide-open view, one enjoyed coherence across the sound spectrum. The sound was ‘of a whole’ rather than comprising disparate elements…
...the use of it (the 2M Black LVB 250 – red.) for bass extension and speed, attack, snap, dynamic contrasts and other characteristics is indisputable… The sound was rich and full, if not quite as scalpel-like in its precision… it also showed it has a way with the natural acoustic of a massive hall, as would host an orchestra… it certainly narrows the gap between MMs and MCs in many areas, especially warmth…
...this is a silky, sophisticated cartridge which – to my ears – favours classical, much jazz and acoustic, rather than the sizzle-and-snap of pop or rock."
By Michael Fremer
Ortofon's 2M Black LVB 250 cartridge delivers smooth, sweet and well-detailed sound
"...the 2M Black LVB 250 delivered warmth, body, timbral honesty and especially transient “speed” I don’t usually associate with most moving magnet cartridges...
...the 2M Black 250 produced full bodied string textures, burnished brass and an overall richness not unexpected from a well-designed and built MM cartridge...
...the 2M Black LVB’s generally warm, rich yet pleasingly open and smooth tonal balance and responsive rhythm’n’pacing that comes as close to a good moving coil design as I’ve heard from a MM. For the obstinate who stick with and prefer moving magnet to moving coil cartridges, the 2M Black LVB 250 makes the case as well if not better than any currently available MM at least that Ithat I know of."
Read the full review here: Analog Planet
By Lothar Brandt
"...Ludwig van Beethoven would have enjoyed it..."
Verdict in short:
Sound quality: 97 out of 100 points
Value for money: Outstanding
HI-FI WORLD APRIL 2021
By Noel Keywood
"Ortofon’s 2M Black moving magnet cartridge set a new standard for sound quality long ago and has gathered a deserved reputation over the years for its accuracy and superb insight from a Shibata stylus. Ortofon’s update in the LVB 250 adds to its fundamental strengths, bringing in extra speed and incision through use of a boron cantilever. It remains a top MM cartridge, one demanding of a high quality arm, turntable and phono stage to get the best from it."