We say: In a nutshell, the Ortofon 2M Black is the best choice in cartridges up to $1000- The 2M Black's Shibata diamond is finer, and better able to track tiny high frequency groove modulations.
- The cartridge body is manufactured from Hopelex. which fights resonances
- The 2M Black uses a special upgraded engine, featuring split pole pins with a silver plated copper wire.
What they say
TNT Audio, April 2016
Reviewer: Graeme Budd
"...the Ortofon's strengths in detail, imaging, tracking and neutrality make for a compelling case. If you're looking for a cartridge in this price range, be it MM or MC, it should definitely be on your shortlist."
Hi-Fi News Yearbook 2011
"...When set-up, the Ortofon 2M Black was immediately engaging, sounding powerful and vivid...
...it was natural recordings of full orchestra that confirmed that the 2M Black is a stellar moving-magnet cartridge...
...The 2M Black delivers a holographic imagery worthy of the most sophisticated vinyl replay systems."
Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec. - 5 mV
Channel separation at 1 kHz - 26 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz - 15 dB
Frequency range at - 3dB - 20-31.000 Hz
Frequency response - 20-20.000 + 2 / - 0 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force - 80 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral - 22 µm/mN
Stylus type - Nude Shibata
Tracking force range - 1.4-1.7 g (14-17 mN)
Tracking force, recommended - 1.5 g (15 mN)
Tracking angle - 20°
Internal impedance, DC resistance - 1.2 kOhm
Internal inductance - 630 mH
Recommended load resistance - 47 kOhm
Recommended load capacitance - 150-300 pF
Cartridge colour, body/stylus - Black/Black
Cartridge weight - 7.2 g