We say: The Ortofon 2M Red is unbeatable in the sub $200 category. This is a modern design, compared to competitors that are still producing cartridges designed in the seventies.
The Ortofon 2M Red is certainly a very entertaining cartridge, providing a big, solid, spacious sound with good detail and excellent dynamics. The delivery is crisp and punchy across the entire frequency range, with a particularly nicely textured bass, and can be very impressive on well-recorded material.
- A tipped elliptical diamond
- An improved engine, with split pole pins and copper wire, for higher output and dynamics
- A body made of resonance reducing Hopelex
"...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"
Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec. - 5.5 mV
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
Compliance, dynamic, lateral - 20 µm/mN
Stylus type - Elliptical
Tracking force range - 1.6-2.0 g (16-20 mN)
Tracking force, recommended - 1.8 g (18 mN)
Internal impedance, DC resistance - 1.3 kOhm
Internal inductance - 700 mH
Recommended load resistance - 47 kOhm
Recommended load capacitance - 150-300 pF
Replacement stylus unit - 2M Red (interchangeable with 2M Blue and 2M silver)
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