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Set-up and alignment videos

Vi love listening to vinyl, and one of the most important components in a whole vinyl Hi-Fi system is the cartridge. Leif Johanssen, Ortofon's Chief Officer Acoustics and Research, demonstrates how to set-up, align and improve the performance of HiFi cartridges.

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Aligning MC Verismo

This video is an advanced and highly detailed review of how to set-up your MC Verismo correctly. Leif Johannsen, Ortofon's Chief Officer Acoustics and Research, explains how to correctly set-up and align your cartridge by taking you through six main steps.

If you have invested in one of our Exclusives Cartridges, this comprehensive video is crucial for making the cartridge perform its best. 

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Phono cartridge set-up on a turntable with an integrated headshell

In this video Leif Johannsen explains how to set-up and align your cartridge on a turntable with an integrated headshell. For his review, Leif uses the Ortofon 2M Red cartridge, an all-purpose mpdel that delivers an open, dynamic sound with a hint of warmth. 

By following the five main steps in the video, you will ensure, that your vinyl system is performing its best. 

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Phono cartridge set-up on a turntable with a detachable headshell

In this video Leif Johannsen explains how to set-up and align your cartridge on a turntable with a detachable headshell. Detachable means that the front part of the tonearm, where you’re going to mount the cartridge, can be taken off. 

By following these five main steps, you will ensure that your vinyl system is performing its best. 

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How to replace a cartridge

In this video, Leif Johannsen explains, how to upgrade your system by installing a new cartridge. Replacing your existing cartridge with a new one can seem like a complicated process. Luckily, this is not the case: Leif takes you through the process of both dismounting your current cartridge and mounting a new one, while explaining the similarities and differences between the OM 5E and 2M Red.

Did you know...
that after about 1000 hours of playbacks on your turntable, your stylus starts to wear out. Not only does this mean that the perceived sound will be significantly worse, but it also means that you risk destroying your precious records. Please read more about stylus and vinyl care on our HiFi FAQ here https://www.ortofon.com/support/support-hifi/faq-installation/

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How to upgrade within the 2M Series

In this video Leif Johannsen takes you through the acclaimed Ortofon 2M series. When Leif Johannsen started at Ortofon in 2007, then-Chief Engineer Per Windfeld was working on development of the 2M Series. Leif joined the process, and the engineers completed the work on 2M Series development together. Today, the 2M Series, comprises of the 2M Red, 2M Blue, 2M Bronze, and 2M Black, has become iconic for Ortofon.

Leif Johanssen explains the Ortofon invented color-coding system, goes through the individual characteristics of each 2M model and suggests upgrade within the 2M series. 

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